Odd heavenly treat
My Nana Bay giving them to me

They are small stereos playing music
Sugary delight
‘My Nana Bay's Jubes’ by Sam, Year 5, Toowoomba Grammar School 

What is Red Room Poetry Object?

Red Room Poetry Object is a poetry writing competition inviting young writers and their teachers from across Australia and New Zealand to submit poems about 'talismanic' objects that are special to them. Red Room Poetry Object is open to students in grades 3-10 and their teachers. In 2016, Red Room Poetry Object linked over 172 school communities and published over 3000 student and teacher poems. Explore Winning and Highly Commended Poems »
Shortlisted poems will be judged by celebrated Indigenous poet Sam Wagan Watson. Certificates of Achievement are awarded to all participants, with special prizes awarded for Best Student Poem (Primary), Best Student Poem (Secondary), Best Teacher Poem, and Best School Installation. Stay tuned for our announcement of the exciting prizes this year!  

How to Get Involved

  • Register your school hereto begin submitting poems for Poetry Object 2017 
  • Explore our unique Creative Learning Resourcefor inspiration and guides to writing poetry
  • Click hereto bring a poet to your school for a special introduction to the world of Poetry Object
  • Click hereto book a BOSTES/NESA-accredited Professional Development workshop for teachers

Creative Learning Resources 
In collaboration with the National Museum of Australia, Good Reading Magazine and teachers across the country, we have created a new learning resource for Poetry Object 2017. With a focus on exploring the inner worlds of special objects, our learning resource can be used in the classroom to guide students and teachers as they uncover the magic behind their Poetry Objects. We are excited to release the new learning resource with the launch of Poetry Object in 26 April 2017 (Term 2).

Explore our Creative Learning Resources

Commissioned Poets 
Our 2017 creative learning resource will feature commissioned poems from emerging and established poets across Australia. These imaginative works will introduce young writers and teachers to the limitless possibilities of language as they dive into the worlds of their special objects.

Evelyn Araluen Corr (NSW)
Joel McKerrow (VIC)
Anna Jacobson (QLD)
Jeremy Balius (WA)
Cameron Hindrum (TAS)
Manal Younus (SA)

Contact Us
To book a poetry workshop or to find out more about Poetry Object contact education@redroomcompany.org or phone (02) 9319 5090.