All student poems

The School

Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College is an independent Catholic secondary day school for girls, Years 7 to 12, conveniently located in the heart of North Sydney, Australia. Monte is grounded in the Mercy values – which encompass compassion, respect for others, justice and service.

The Project

Over two workshops on April 24, poets Eileen Chong and Elizabeth Allen joined The Red Room Company to ignite new poetic possibilities with Year 8 students from Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College. Eileen and Elizabeth led 50 students in writing activities inspired by the Poetry Object learning resource. Students tapped into previously undiscovered wonders in their favourite objects, drawing magic and mystery from the mundane. 

Read the students Poetry Object poems here

Discover Eileen Chong's Poetry Object piece, "Face-washer"

The Poet

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen writes in Sydney and works as a bookseller at Gleebooks. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in many major literary journals and anthologies. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Forgetful Hands (Vagabond Press, 2005), and two full-length collections, Body Language (Vagabond Press, 2012), which won the Anne Elder Award, and Present (Vagabond Press, 2017). She is one of the judges of the Noel Rowe Poetry Award and carried out a writing residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland during 2016.