Dapto High School, NSW
Toilet Doors, 2014
Dapto High School is a co-educational comprehensive high school. The school enjoys a secluded setting, protected from the local urban development by the south coast rail line and picturesque Mullet Creek.
Thanks to a generous donation from a local Illawarra resident, The Red Room Company is running a special series of poetry workshops at Dapto High School throughout 2014.
The first workshop featured Australian spoken word poet Zohab Zee Khan, who visited the students of Dapto High School on 17th February, 2014, to work through selected poetry activities from the Toilet Doors learning resource. Students watched Zohab perform his poetry and learnt about his own writing processes before composing their own poems. They then explored various guerrilla poetry publishing techniques, such as creating matchbox poems and scribing their works on the school's windows, transforming their hallways into aisles of poetic inspiration. You can read their poems here.
The second workshop was facilitated by celebrated performance poet, Luka Lesson, on 17th June, 2014. Luka performed for over 1000 students as part of the weekly assembly, before running instive writing and performance sessions with Year 7. Students created and performed their own poems inspired by the Red Room's Poetry + Music resource. You can discover the students' poems here and click here to check out Luka's poem, "Success".
The third workshop will be held in September with local spoken word poet, Lorin Elizabeth.
Zohab Khan is an educator, poet and multidisciplinary artist. Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken word poetry, culminating in taking out the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014. As a motivational speaker, didgeridoo player, and hip-hop artist Zohab has performed in venues and festivals across the world.
Zohab has performed and conducted poetry workshops in over 20 countries across the world and is the co-founder of The Pakistan Poetry Slam. His first collection of poetry “I Write” reached best seller status within 5 months of it's launch. Zohab’s poetry has been translated in four languages. He has made notable appearances at the Sydney, Auckland (New Zealand), Byron Bay, Bellingen, Ubud (Indonesia), Bookworm Literary (China), Sunshine Coast, Darwin, Hong Kong, Karachi, and National Young Writers Festivals. As well as performing at various music festivals including the world renowned Glastonbury Festival in 2016.
As an educator, Zohab’s poetry and self development workshops are in high demand and he has conducted over a thousand workshops in institutions worldwide. His workshops aim to inspire change and confidence in young people through spoken word poetry and brain hacks. With the incorporation of self- development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for selfexpression but also one to inspire change and increase productivity.
As a 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having been raised in rural NSW, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. Zohab seamlessly integrates Urdu and Punjabi into his work as he confronts a range of issues from racism to inequality and socio-economic disparities. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.