Stanmore Public School, NSW
The Poetry Object, 2013
Stanmore Public School, NSW, is a unique and vibrant community where learning and relationships are at the centre of school life. The school offers a variety of programs and opportunities to enrich the school experience.
Australian poet Kate Middleton lead a poetry workshop at Stanmore Public School, based on The Poetry Object learning resources. In 2012, Stanmore student, Andre Issa, won The Poetry Object prize, which included this workshop for his school community.
Students first completed a mind-map of adjectives to describe their objects. They then went on to detail what makes their object a special one, composing similes and metaphors to colourfully portray their talismans. After editing and tweaking these sections, the students' poems were submitted to The Poetry Obejct 2013 student writing project, and are now published in an online gallery on The Red Room Company's website.
Kate Middleton is the author of Fire Season (Giramondo, 2009), awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2009, and the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize for 'Rainbow's End' (a Fire Season poem) in 2006. From September 2011-September 2012 she was the inaugural Sydney City Poet. Her second collection, Ephemeral Waters, was published by Giramondo in 2013.
Kate has completed a music degree at the University of Melbourne, majoring in composition and is currently completing Honours in Literature. Her poems have been published in many Australian newspapers and journals including The Age, The Australian, Heat and Meanjin, and have been set to music by many Melbourne composers. She has written the libretti for three operas, including Lapse by Alan Lee, which was performed in 2002 at Melba Hall and The Museum of Victoria.
In 2005 a selection of her poems was set by Natalie Williams for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is currently undertaking flying trapeze training.