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The deepest blue, like an ocean in a storm:
Sapphires hugged by gold.
A perfect oval held with a heart-shaped butterfly.
Plain but beautiful, it will be simply right.

Extract from The Blue Heart by Cassia, Year 6 Petersham Public School 2013


What is it? 
Red Room Poetry Object is a free national poetry-writing competition for Australian students in Years 3-10. Created by The Red Room Company, the project invites young writers and their teachers to submit poems about objects that are special to them. In 2013 Red Room Poetry Object linked over 70 school communities and published 1200 student and teacher poems. Explore 2013 student poems here! In 2014 we are proud to announce ABC RN as our Principal Supporting Partner. 

 

So far Schools from every Australian state and territory have registered as well as 2 schools from New Zealand! We also welcome new rural and remote schools to the competition including Kindon State School in QLD, Tagai State Secondary School on Thursday Island and Borrololla School in the NT! Entries close September 19!

 

How to be involved?
Step 1: Register your school
Step 2: Download free Poetry Object teaching and learning resources
Step 3: Invite students to compose a poem of no more than 20 lines about an object that is special to them.
Step 4: After registering your school, you'll be sent an online submission link where you can upload student poems.

 

Entry dates
Submissions open Tuesday May 27, 2014
Submissions close Friday 19th September, 2014 (last day Term 3 NSW)

 

Publication 
Red Room Poetry Object provides students with creative opportunities to compose and publish their own poetry for authentic audiences. All submitted poems are published on The Red Room Company’s website. All Highly Commended poems will be recorded by the RN for broadcast on-air on a special edition of Poetica and online on the RN website.  

 

Judging
Red Room Poetry Object 2014 entries will be judged by Scott-Patrick Mitchell, winner of the PressPress Chapbook Award (2009) winner of the Perth Poetry Slam (2010) and editor of Performance Poets, Freemantle Press (2013).

 

Exhibition
An exhibition of commended poems will be displayed at Liverpool Library in Western Sydney. Schools are also encouraged to organise their own display, reading event or installation of poems and images of objects.

 

Student recognition
Certificates of Achievement are awarded to all participants. Prizes are awarded for Best Student Poem (Primary) Best Student Poem (Secondary), Best Teacher Poem and Best School Installation.

 

Contact / Workshops
For more information about Red Room Company poetry workshops contact:
Red Room Poetry Education Manager Dr. Tamryn Bennett via email or
phone 02 9319 509002 9319 5090 02 9319 509002 9319 5090   


Poetry Object workshops
will be held at:

Casula Powerhouse between August 26-28, to book your school please contact Anney Bounpraseuth, Public Programs and Education Officer at Casula Powerhouse P: 9612 5234.
Art Space, Corrimal after school during term three. Click here for all the information.  


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