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The School

Cherrybrook Technology High School was established in 1992 and has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most innovative and successful comprehensive high schools in the State. The school currently has a population of 2020 students, a teaching staff of 136 and a large administrative and support staff.

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The Project

Year 7 students from Cherrybrook Technology High School will take part in a series of unique performance and visual poetry workshops with poets, L-FRESH The LION & Kirli Saunders on Monday 13th November 2017.

The Red Room Poetry Workshops at Cherrybrook Technology High School have been specially tailored for the students of year 7 and will focus on visual & performance poetry. The day will consist of 8 x 50 minute intensive workshops and will include a performance by L-FRESH The Lion. Students will rotate amoung activities, and each student will have an opportunity to learn with L-FRESH The LION and Kirli Saunders.

With L-FRESH, students will explore performance poetry and the relationship between poetry and music. L-FRESH The LION will lead a range of creative writing and performance activities to encourage students to be empowered to use their voices. 

Kirli’s visual poetry workshops will allow encourage students to create a group visual poem and to explore a range of visual forms of poetry including erasure poetry, mandala poetry, shape poetry, sculpture poetry, collage and woven poetry.

The Poet

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Aboriginal Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a National NAIDOC award in 2018. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley was selected for Bologna Book Fair and is published internationally. Her second picture book Our Dreaming will be released by Scholastic in July 2019, Happy Ever After will follow in February 2020. Kirli’s First Poetry Collection, Kindred is to be released by Magabala in 2019, it was Highly Commended in the 2018 Black&Write! prize. Kirli’s poem ‘A Dance of Hands’ was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize. Kirli’s poetry has been published by Cordite and Overland and has embedded in infrastructure at Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne. In 2018, Kirli will be Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for ‘The Sound of Picture Books’.