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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 and an award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and emerging Artist. She created and led Red Room Poetry's Poetry in First Languages program from its conception until July 2020. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

 

Reflections

Taking a dream from conception to delivery – Poetry in First Languages – Kirli Saunders