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The School

Central Coast Council is responsible for the sixth largest urban area in Australia. 

Ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney, the Central Coast has a rich diversity of landscapes with seaside towns, lakes, pristine national parks, lush hinterland and more than four times the waterfront of Sydney Harbour. The abundant natural beauty of the area is combined with thriving urban centres and bespoke dining experiences. 
Combined with a mild, sunny climate, a busy calendar of cultural and sporting events, it is easy to see why the area has an enviable lifestyle and has long been one of the best known holiday locations on Australia's east coast. 

The Project

Celebrated poet Ivy Ireland will guide studens through ages 9 - 12 and students aged over 17 through a series of unique poetry writing activities across two workshops that will support them to tell a story through poetry, to be creative and have fun with their writing.It is an opportunity for students to develop language, characterisation, structure and dialogue skills, and build confidence in writing. With writing activities that will help envision the change they want to see in the world.
Students will be supported in composing poems to be entered into the 'Peace' themed poetry writing competition held by the Central Coast Library Service.

The Poet

Ivy Ireland

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.