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The School

Wilderness School is South Australia's oldest Independent Girls' School. It was founded by the Brown family in 1884 to provide education within a family environment.

The Project

Queensland poet, Zenobia Frost, took a virtual excursion to Wilderness School in South Australia as part of Red Room Poetry Object. Zenobia was first commissioned by The Red Room Company to write a 'talismanic' poem for the Poetry Object in 2013. Her poem, 'Civic Duty', inspired by the now extinct Civic Video store near her house, was one of the more curious objects of the project and sparked a lot of interest from Year 8 students at Wilderness School.

The seed for this Skype reading session was planted by English Teacher, Ann Rooney. Ann approached Red Room with the idea of creating a virtual excursion to engage students in 'an authentic interaction with a poet'. Read about their ICT experience on our education blog.

To find out more about hosting a virtual workshop contact Dr Tamryn Bennett

The Poet

Zenobia Frost

Zenobia Frost is a Brisbane-based writer and critic. Her debut chapbook, The Voyage (SweetWater Press), was published in 2009. Zen spent 2012 travelling, with a CAL-funded stay at Varuna, the Writers’ House, and a statewide tour with the inaugural Queensland Poetry Festival Regional Roadshow. She serves as Cordite’s assistant editor as well as a poetry editor with Voiceworks. Her forthcoming manuscript was shortlisted in the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Prize. @zenfrost /

(Photo credit: Raw Bones Photography)