Wollongong West Primary School, NSW
Poetry Object, 2017
At Wollongong West Public School our vision is to empower students to be successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens.
Our school will promote equity and excellence through quality teaching and learning.
Our core values will foster a culture of responsible, respectful and safe learning.
14 JUNE 2017 - Refugee Week Workshop
Red Room Poetry collaborated with Illawarra Multicultural Services to celebrate REFUGEE WEEK 2017. We delivered Poetry Object workshops to 120 students of Refugee backgrounds from Wollongong West Primary School.
Yuin poet and emerging children's author Kirli Saunders led the students to create poems that told the 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 and an award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and emerging Artist. She created and led Red Room Poetry's Poetry in First Languages program from its conception until July 2020. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.