Davidson High School, NSW
The Cabinet of Lost and Found, 2010
Davidson High School is located in Frenches Forest in NSW. Founded in 1972, the school complements academic pursuits with creative and performing arts programs, as well as sports and inter-cultural activities.
In Term 2 of 2010, students in Year 10 developed their own poetry based on The Cabinet of Lost and Found learnign resource. Australian poet Ivy Ireland introduced the Cabinet and herself to the entire grade in a series of introductory sessions. Following this, the co-ordinating teacher worked with the students to select a smaller group, who participated in 3 intensive workshops with Ivy, focusing on developing their own creative expression and poetic portfolio. The final form of the Cabinet will be decided in coming weeks, and may be a series of installations, a mixed installation and performance piece, or a chapbook of students' works distributed to the school community.
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Ivy Ireland is a poet who haunts a second-hand bookstore café in her spare time. Ivy has worked as many things in her curious life, including a magician’s assistant, a harpist and a casual lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2012. Ivy’s first book, Incidental Complications, was published in 2007 and her more recent collection, Porch Light, was published in 2015. Ivy was awarded the Australian Young Poet Fellowship in 2007 and has won the Harri Jones Memorial Prize and the local section of the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Ivy’s poems and reviews have been published in various magazines and anthologies both in Australia and overseas.