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The English Teachers Association of NSW is a professional association of teachers committed to stimulating teaching and learning in English. We seek to present examples of best practice in the profession to promote rich learning experiences for teachers and students.

The Project

Red Room Poetry features on the Saturday of the ETA NSW 2017 Conference.

The workshop explores two of our programs, Poetry in First Languages, led by Yuin poet, Kirli Saunders and Yala Gari (Speak the Truth), a program led by Wiradjuri poet, Lorna Monro in collaboration with NASCA. The two poets share practical strategies and case studies that support teachers in embedding Aboriginal languages into the English curriculum through poetry. They will also outline appropriate ways of establishing relationships with your local Aboriginal community, to foster these learning experiences.

The Poet

Lorna Munro

Lorna Munro, or ‘Yilinhi’, is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, multidisciplinary artist and regular radio and podcast host at Sydney’s Radio Skid Row. A long-time active member of her Redfern/Waterloo community, her work is informed by her passion and well-studied insight in areas such as culture, history, politics and popular culture. Lorna has travelled the world showcasing her skills and distinctive style of poetry and political commentary. She was also the sole designer and creator of Sydney’s—and possibly Australia’s—first initiative to teach Aboriginal language through poetry, in partnership with Red Room Poetry in 2015. Throughout her career she has been on stage, in films and on paper. She compiled and edited Paper Dreaming: Our Stories Our Way for Cambridge University Press (2015). Lorna continues to work tirelessly mastering many art forms, raising funds, and supporting and advocating for her community and her people on the local, national and international stage. In 2019, Lorna was announced as a recipient of the Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter fellowship.