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The School

Western Sydney University, formerly the University of Western Sydney, is an Australian multi-campus university in the Greater Western region of Sydney. It is a provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher research degrees with campuses in Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, and Penrith. It is currently ranked in the top 400 in the world in the 2014 QS World University Rankings and 19th in Australia in 2015.

The Project

The Red Room Company will partner with the Western Sydney University Young Writers' Day (14th September 2015) to present four exciting writing workshops, run by some of our best poets, to school students of Western Sydney. The WSU Young Writers' Day aims to raise the profile of writing, recognise the talent of local students, and give students the opportunity to meet and learn from established authors in the company of like-minded peers. The workshops will be:

Point of View, presented by Pip Smith
So you have an idea for a story, but how are you going to tell it? In this workshop we will explore the effects different perspectives and points of view can have on the telling of the same story.

Stuck on You: Collage Poetry, presented by Toby Fitch
The word collage comes from the French verb coller and refers literally to 'pasting, sticking, or gluing,' as in the application of wallpaper. In French, 'collage' is also slang for an affair, a liaison, or an adventure. This workshop is a hands-on poetry free-for-all — a class of experimentation that will teach you the subversive act of collage writing and how to do it ethically. 

Triggers to Interior Worlds, presented by Richard James Allen
You know you want to write. You feel you could be a writer. But what is it your want to write about? What is it you really have to say? The urge to write but the struggle to define one’s subject is addressed in this workshop by multi-award-winning writer/director Dr Richard James Allen. While the examples explored will be from poetry, this workshop can be taken by writers in any genre who wish to unlock their creative potential.

Visual Storytelling: Unusual ways of locating narrative and meaning, presented by Lilly Blue
A series of rapid fire creative writing and drawing exercises that open new ways of seeing text and language as a visual element. In what ways can words become an artwork in themselves?

The Poet

Richard James Allen

Richard James Allen is an Australian born poet whose writing has appeared widely in journals, anthologies, and online over many years. His latest volume of poetry, The short story of you and I, is forthcoming from UWA Publishing in February 2019. Previous critically acclaimed books of poetry, fiction and performance texts include Fixing the Broken Nightingale (Flying Island Books), The Kamikaze Mind (Brandl & Schlesinger) and Thursday’s Fictions (Five Islands Press), shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. Former Artistic Director of the Poets Union Inc., and director of the inaugural Australian Poetry Festival, Richard also co-edited the landmark anthology, Performing the Unnameable: An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts (Currency Press/RealTime). Richard is well known for his innovative adaptations and interactions of poetry and other media, including collaborations with artists in dance, film, theatre, music and a range of new media platforms. The recipient of numerous awards, nominations, and grants, as well as opportunities for presentations, screenings and broadcasts, in a unique international career as a critically acclaimed writer, director, choreographer and performer for stage and screen, he graduated with First Class Honours for his B.A. at Sydney University and won the Chancellor’s Award for most outstanding PhD thesis at the University of Technology, Sydney.

For further information, see the websites of The Physical TV Company, the Australian Poetry Library and IMDb.