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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. She currently resides on Dharawal Country. Kirli is an international children’s author, poet and emerging playwright. She manages Poetry in First Languages and Poetic Learning at Red Room Poetry. Her picture books include CBCA nominated and internationally published, The Incredible Freedom Machines (Scholastic) and forthcoming, Our Dreaming and Happy Every After (Scholastic) and Afloat (Hardie Grant). Her poetry Collection, Kindred was Highly Commended in Black&Write 2018. She was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize 2018. Her poetry has been published by a number of journals (Cordite, Overland, Planthunter) and commissioned for public art. She is co-writing her first play, Dead Horse Gap. 

In 2019, you can find Kirli at NT Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Enough Said and Word in Hand. She returns as writer in residence at The Literature Centre, Fremantle this year where she will perform The Incredible Freedom Machines with Matt Ottley and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra in rural WA, at Coco’s Island and Christmas Island.