All student poems

The School

Mt St Patrick is a co-educational Secondary College operating within the system administered by the Catholic Education Office. It was opened in 1926 by the Presentation Sisters and was administered and staffed by them until 1989. It derives its name from St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, whose feast day is celebrated by both the College and local communities.

 The College serves the Catholic Parishes of Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah.

The Project

Poet Toby Fitch visited Mt St Patrick College Murwillambah for a three day residency where he worked with each of the six Year 8 English classes, exploring guerrilla poetry activities from the Toilet Doors learning resource. Each class took part in a three hour workshop with Toby in which they created their own newspaper headline collage poems, Blackout poems and Army Poem Dudes. The entire campus was covered with NOTICE poems. Toby worked with Ms Amanda Starr's top Year 8 class to create a treated book of  their set text, George Orwell's Animal Farm, using the technique of Blackout poetry. One student transformed the title and their new work, inspired by Tom Philips' The Humument Project, became known as Ogre Farm. Toby's commissioned poem for the school, 'The Living Daylights', is a blackout poem using a page from the Preface to Orwell's novel. He also conducted a creative writing group with a senior Extension English class.

Click here to find student poems (linked below the playlist).

The Poet

Toby Fitch

Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland and program director for the Australian Poets’ Festival. He also works as a bookseller at Gleebooks, a teacher of creative writing at the University of Sydney, and runs the Sappho Books poetry night. His books of poetry include Rawshock (Puncher & Wattmann 2012), which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, Jerilderies (Vagabond Press 2014) andThe Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau(Vagabond 2016). He lives in Newtown, Sydney.

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