University of The Third Age, NSW
Red Room Education , 2016
Shoalhaven University of the Third Age (Shoalhaven U3A) is part of an international movement which promotes and practices lifelong learning by providing low cost educational opportunities for retired people in a relaxed and informal environment. No prior educational qualifications are required; no degrees are awarded.
With support from the Bjarne K Dahl Trust, The Red Room Company teamed up with Bundanon for a special New Shoots collaboration called the Eucalyptus Eco-Poetry Project (EEPP). The EEPP deepens emotional connections with the environment by supporting poets, students and local community to take a closer look at eucalypts through a poetic lens.
On 31st May 2016, students from Shoalhaven University of the Third Age (U3A) bused thier way to Bundanon to learn more about south coast eucalypt communities and work with poet in residence, Eileen Chong. Through a series of poetic activities, students enriched their creative and cultural connections with eucalypts, each producing and publishing a eucalypt-inspired poem. Read their poems here.
Other poets involved with New Shoots include Lorna Munro, Eric Avery, and Mark Tredinnick.
Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet. Burning Rice (Australian Poetry, 2012) was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award, Australian Arts in Asia Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her other books are Peony (Pitt Street Poetry, 2014) and Painting Red Orchids (Pitt Street Poetry, 2016).