Marrickville High School
Poetry Object, 2014
Marrickville High School is an inner Sydney co-educational high school supporting comprehensive education for a predominantly local community from diverse non-English speaking backgrounds. The school's focus is on developing successful learners who are able to achieve to their potential. The students benefit from excellent student wellbeing and co curricular programs that support and reward individual and team achievement.
Poet and hip hop artist L-Fresh the LION teamed up with The Red Room Company to deliver poetry workshops to students from Marrickville High School. L-Fresh guided sixty Year 10 students through various writing activities from the Poetry Object 2014 resource, encouraging them to discover new wonders and draw inspiration from their special objects.
Hailing from South West Sydney, currently residing in Melbourne, 24-year old Hip Hop artist L-FRESH The LION has made a name for himself with his versatile catalogue and his energetic and engaging live show. He has gone from strength-to-strength, nabbing high profile support spots nationally; impressing the likes of Nas, Public Enemy, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), DJ Qbert, MC Supernatural, The Herd, Hermitude and many more. It is his passion, honesty and integrity as an artist and lyricist that has garnered him such noteworthy attention. When speaking on L-FRESH The LION, global Hip Hop icon KRS-One said “He is Hiphop”.
These days, The LION plays live with a 7-member band, which also includes a Punjabi dhol player, paying tribute to his cultural background, whilst providing audiences with a distinctive live show experience.
He has hosted and performed at countless community events, which has firmly cemented his presence in the Hip Hop scene. He understands Hip Hop’s connection to community and continues to work closely with people all across Australia. Recently, The LION was a featured speaker at TEDx Parramatta where he presented a talk entitled “Self creation through Hip Hop”. He has appeared on Channel 10’s “The Project”, ABC Radio National and ABC Sydney Local Radio for his work in community. Passionate about issues relating to social justice, The LION has also been a panellist at an Amnesty International event and at the Happiness & Its Causes Conference.
He is also the founder of The Power To The Peaceful Community, a clothing label and online community that exists to encourage everlasting and meaningful dialogue around peace and peaceful relationships.
Image by James Rush.