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The School

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.

The Project

On July 5th, poet Gabrielle 'Journey' Jones led workshops with students from Dapto High School in collaboration with Bundanon Trust as part of Red Room Poetry's New Shoots project, celebrating, cultivating and collecting poems inspired by plants.
Bundanon Trust supports arts practice and engagement with the arts through its residency, education, exhibition and performance programs. With New Shoots, Bundanon is uncovering the secret stories of the leaves and trees around us. 

Read the student poems here

The Poet

Gabrielle "Journey" Jones

Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, percussionist and event producer born on sovereign Gadigal Land, Sydney, Australia.  She is from Maori and African American bloodlines and lives in the Illawarra, NSW with her family.   

Gabrielle has shared her poetry on open mics and by invitation at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry "Spoken Medicine" was published in October 2017 by Ginninderra Press.  

Gabrielle spends most of her time being wholeheartedly inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism, inclusion and compassion. 

Gabrielle encourages everyone she meets to speak their own medicine – to share the stories of their life journey in whatever forms feel safe, healing, authentic and most useful to them. 

Gabrielle facilitates spoken word poetry workshops, teaches drumming and leads drum circles. She is currently involved in a range of collaborative projects and events including with Unspoken Words; Red Room Poetry; Kind Art Ed; South Coast Writers Centre; and the Tasmanian Poetry Festival.