Canterbury Boys' High School
Toilet Doors, 2014
Canterbury Boys' is a comprehensive boys' high school. The school endeavours to work in partnership with parents, students and the community to facilitate the academic, cultural, physical and social development of each student and in so doing encourage him to strive for excellence in all fields. The school has widely acclaimed Welfare Programs that nutrure a positive learning climate, has a wealth of expertise in literacy and numeracy, specialising in strategies for Boys' education.
Celebrated poet Tim Sinclair led a three-day poetry residency at Canterbury Boys' High School on 27th May, 3rd June and 10th June. Students in Years 7 and 8 participated in two intensive workshops inspired by the Toilet Doors learning resource. The boys not only learnt about Tim's work and writing processes in creating 'parkour poetry' they also created, collaged and chalked their own poems around the school. This workshop was followed by one more session in which the students focussed on editing their poetry.
Tim Sinclair is a poet and novelist. His books include Nine Hours North (a coming-of-age novel set in Japan), and Re:reading the dictionary (poetry for word nerds). His latest verse novel, Run (a 2014 CBCA Notable Book) is a YA parkour thriller set in Sydney, and uses elements of concrete poetry to capture the speed and energy of the discipline. He is currently working on a young adult post-apocalyptic trilogy. Deeply influenced by place, Tim draws on his history of living and working in different parts of the world (Malaysia, Scotland, Japan, USA, Australia) to explore the tension between the lived experience of the universal and the particular.