Marie Bashir Public School, NSW
Poetry Object, 2017
Marie Bashir Public School aims to provide, in partnership with the parents, a quality education so that all students are able to reach their full potential within a caring learning environment.
Students at Marie Bashir Public School had an opportunity to explore some great creative poetic concepts with poet Eunice Andrada.
3 different workshops were held on Friday the 16th of June for students in year 2 as they created their own special poetry about a personal object that they hold close to their heart.
Eunice Andrada is a Filipina immigrant poet, lyricist and teaching artist based in Sydney, Australia. Featured in The Guardian, CNN International, ABC News and other media, she has performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House and the deserts of Alice Springs to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. During a residency in Canada's prestigious Banff Centre, she collaborated with award-winning jazz musician and vocalist Malika Tirolien. She has also shared her verses with celebrated composer Andrée Greenwell for the project Listen to Me, a collection of musical works in response to domestic violence. Eunice co-produced and curated Harana, a series of poetry tours led by Filipina-Australians in response to the Passion and Procession exhibition in the Art Gallery of NSW.
Her work has been translated into Tagalog, Hiligaynon, French, Japanese, Italian and Czech, while her poems have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Peril Magazine, Mascara Literary Review, Verity La, Voiceworks, and Deep Water Literary Review, amongst other publications. She was awarded the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Poetry Prize in 2014. In 2016, she was honoured by Australian Poetry as the first of their 30 Under 30 Poets. In 2018, the Amundsen-Scott Station in the South Pole of Antarctica will feature her poetry in a special exhibition on climate change. Eunice was recently awarded the Nature Art and Habitat Residency and Australian Poetry Fellowship in Val Taleggio, Italy. Flood Damages (Giramondo Books 2018) is her first collection of poetry.