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'how the stars sette on the sacred ceiba'
~ Maria Takolander

The Project

New Shoots celebrates and cultivates poems inspired by plants and place to deepen creative and cultural connections with nature. Stemming from the success of New Shoots NSW, we're partnering with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Australian Poetry to grow a new garden of poems.

    

The Poets

New Shoots Victoria is commissioning ten poets including Bruce Pascoe, Maria Takolander, Bonny Cassidy, Autumn Royal, Ryan Prehn, Elena Gomez, Duncan Hose, Chris Wallace Crabbe, Carissa Lee Godwin, and Cameron Lowe to create a series of poems that respond to sites, spores, histories and seeds across Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Poems will be recorded, performed, shared on seed packs and 'planted' in the garden throughout the year.

 

Events

3 September 2017: Red Room Poetry in partnership with Australian Poetry, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Melbourne Writers' Festival invites you to join ten of Australia’s most spirited poets for a poetic walking tour and afternoon tea in the Gardens. Featuring poets Bruce Pascoe, Maria Takolander, Bonny Cassidy, Autumn Royal, Ryan Prehn, Elena Gomez, Duncan Hose, Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM, Carissa Lee Godwin, and Cameron Lowe.
Free event | Bookings filled »

For those of you that missed out, the poems will be 'planted' in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, where you'll be able to visit the sites and follow poetic pathways through the gardens - available after the event.

 

23 March 2017: Eucalypt Australia hosted an evening to celebrate National Eucalypt Day, featuring poetry readings and performance by Eric Avery and Chris Wallace Crabbe AM, followed by the announcement of the ABR Eucalypt Fellow and the award of the 2017 Bjarne K Dahl Medal. Event details »

 

2-16 March 2017: In collaboration with the Art & Herbarium: Creative Ecological Investigations project, the first of our New Shoots Victoria commissioned poets, Bonny Cassidy, exhibited a new series of poems inspired by her residency in the Melbourne University Herbarium. Exhibition details »

 

More events announced soon... see our event calendar »

 

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