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All student poems

The School

Hornsby Girls' High School is an academically selective school, located adjacent to the central business district of Hornsby. Since its foundation in 1930, the school has enjoyed an excellent reputation as a school with a strong academic focus within a caring and supportive environment. It places emphasis on the value and potential of each and every individual and to this end, provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities and welfare programs to support the students' academic goals. The main building of the school is heritage - listed, symbolising the pride and tradition in the school. The school's history, traditions and value for academic excellence and the development of the whole person, are actively supported by the parent body and the Old Girls' Union. The development of leadership and a sense of community pride and responsibility within the students are highly valued across the school.

The Project

Over three workshops in May, poet Michelle Cahill teamed up with the Red Room Company to guide Year 7 students from Hornsby Girls' High School through selected poetry activities from the Vending Machine Poetry project. She introduced the participants to the ideas of exchange, expectation and production that are common in both vending machines and in writing poetry. By the end of the workshops, the students discovered a new, more playful perspective on poetry and creativity.

You can view the student poems here. 

Check out Michelle Cahill's poem "After Fukushima" here.

The Poet

Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is a Sydney poet. Her short story collection Letter to Pessoa  won the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and was shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards. Her collection Vishvarupa was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. The Herring Lass is her most recent poetry collection.

Her poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland ReviewMeanjin, IslandThe Kenyon ReviewAntipodesBest Australian Poems and the Forward Book of Poetry, 2018. She co-edited Contemporary Asian Australian Poets with Adam Aitken and Kim Cheng Boey, and Vagabond’s deciBels3 with Dimitra Harvey. Her essays on race and poetics have been published in the Sydney Review of BooksSoutherlyAustralian Women Writers Challenge and The Australian.