Bomaderry High School, NSW
Red Room Education , 2017
Bomaderry High is a modern country comprehensive high school on the south coast of NSW near Nowra serving the educational needs of students living in the Bomaderry, Berry, Shoalhaven Heads, Cambewarra and Kangaroo Valley areas.
Windham-Campbell Award winner and Red Room Poetry Fellow, Ali Cobby Eckermann led poetry workshops at Bundanon Trust as poet-in-residence from August 14 -16, 2017.
Ali worked with students from Bomaderry High School to explore the local landscape and re-connect to emotion through the vehicle of poetry.
Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and launched her literary career in 2009. Her works have been published in various languages, and she has travelled widely to showcase Aboriginal poetry overseas. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Aust. Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. In 2014 Ali was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week, and the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. Her memoir Too Afraid To Cry was launched in New Delhi India in 2015, on her way to Jaipur Literature Festival. In 2016 Ali presented a Keynote at the Active Aesthetics conference in Berkeley California. In 2017 Ali received a Windham-Campbell Award from Yale University.