Pedare Christian College, SA
Toilet Doors, 2011
Pedare Christian College is an Anglican and Uniting Church independent school located in Golden Grove in South Australia. It enrolls students from Reception to Year 12. Pedare boasts a strong history of engaging and inspiring learning with an academic, music and IT focus. The school opened in 1986 and educates approximately 1100 students in the north eastern suburbs of Adelaide.
Students in Year 10 will be exploring the concept of guerilla poetry through their investigation of the Toilet Doors learning resource. Students in the class of English teacher Meghan Brunet will be composing a poem that is related to a specific site of publication. They will photograph their poem at the point of its installation and submit this image along with their composition. Poet Craig Billingham will address all of Year 10 in a special assembly and then will be involved in a series of workshops with Meghan Brunet's class.
Craig Billingham migrated to Australia in 1987. His poems have appeared in journals such as Famous Reporter, Snorkel, Going Down Swinging, Meanjin, HEAT, and Antipodes, and a first collection, Storytelling, was published in 2007. He lives in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of NSW. He has worked with the Red Room Company in its 2010 collaboration with the Australian Theatre for Young People, where young actors were involved in workshops with contemporary poets and developed their skills in reading and reciting poetry. Craig’s poem “The Fan” was published in 2011 as part of The Red Room Company’s Sun-Herald “Extra” series.