Wollongong High School, NSW
Poetry Object, 2017
Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts has been offering exceptional educational opportunities to students across the Illawarra for almost one hundred years. We have the twin goals of academic excellence and excellence in the performing arts. The school has a diverse student population with students travelling from as far as Engadine and Berry to participate in its educational and artistic programs. Academic results are consistently above state average and performance standards are excellent. Our core values of safety, tolerance, achievement and respect provide the basis for a dynamic and caring school.
14 JUNE 2017 - Refugee Week Workshops
Red Room Poetry collaborated with llawarra Multicultural Services to celebrate REFUGEE WEEK 2017. We delivered Poetry Object workshops to 120 students of Refugee backgrounds from Wollongong High School.
Yuin poet and emerging children's author Kirli Saunders led the students to create poems that told stories of their most treasured objects through Red Room's Poetry Object competition.
Poems from the day are to be published in the student's first languages and English on the Red Room Poetry website.
You can also see them exhibited at SCARF's Refugee Week event.
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Aboriginal Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a National NAIDOC award in 2018. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley was selected for Bologna Book Fair and is published internationally. Her second picture book Our Dreaming will be released by Scholastic in July 2019, Happy Ever After will follow in February 2020. Kirli’s First Poetry Collection, Kindred is to be released by Magabala in 2019, it was Highly Commended in the 2018 Black&Write! prize. Kirli’s poem ‘A Dance of Hands’ was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize. Kirli’s poetry has been published by Cordite and Overland and has embedded in infrastructure at Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne. In 2018, Kirli will be Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for ‘The Sound of Picture Books’.