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The School

Bonalbo Central School is a K-12 family school in the Upper Clarence Valley of northern NSW. BCS offers a full curriculum with the advantage of small class sizes. Our aim is to equip students with the academic and social skills for lifelong success.

The Project

During NAIDOC Week Murri poet Lionel Fogarty led an introductory poetic performance at Balund-a Diversionary Centre & at the local Tabulam Primary & Bonalbo Central Schools.

On 28 June, Lionel visited Bonalbo Central School to run two workshops that included a poetry performance with 1-2 writing activities for students that allowed the students to create poetry that celebrates Aboriginal culture and identity.

Session 1: Kindergarten – Year 6
Session 2:  Years 7-11

The Poet

Lionel Fogarty

Lionel G. Fogarty is a Yugambeh man and was born on Wakka Wakka land in South Western Queensland near Murgon on a ‘punishment reserve’ outside Cherbourg. Throughout the 1970s, he worked as an activist for Aboriginal Land Rights and protesting Aboriginal deaths in custody. He has published numerous collections of poetry, including the award-winning Connection Requital, Mogwie-Idan: Stories of the land, and Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Mobo-Mobo (Future).