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The School

The Youth Eco Summit (YES) is a curriculum-based sustainability festival for school students and their teachers. Recognised by the United Nations and the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, YES promotes student leadershipand features student sustainability practices. With interactive displays and experiences, student and school showcases, and free teaching resources YES brings sustainable action to life for students in Stages 2-6.

The Project

The Red Room Company will pair with Sydney Olympic Park to present a special poetry workshop at YES (The Youth Eco Summit). We're thrilled about this collaboration. Schools can register to attend our workshop, or any one of the other free workshops on the 21st and 22nd of October.

Performance poet Eunice Andrada will lead students through an outdoor workshop, using the natural space to create their own poems about change.

Using The Disappearing learning resource, students will trace memories rooted to time and place in their writing. Student poems will later appear in The Disappearing app. (Download it here for Apple devices. The Disappearing app is currently in re-development for Android devices and will re-launch in late 2015.)

Poet and artist Lilly Blue will also be running a sharing activity, Voices of YES, that enables students to creatively and collaboratively share their passions and actions for a healthy future through unique art, digital media and group work activities. These sessions are designed to inspire and express the collective voice of this year’s Youth Eco Summit.

The Poet

Eunice Andrada

Eunice Andrada is a Filipina immigrant poet, lyricist and teaching artist based in Sydney, Australia. Featured in The Guardian, CNN International, ABC News and other media, she has performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House and the deserts of Alice Springs to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. During a residency in Canada's prestigious Banff Centre, she collaborated with award-winning jazz musician and vocalist Malika Tirolien. She has also shared her verses with celebrated composer Andrée Greenwell for the project Listen to Me, a collection of musical works in response to domestic violence. Eunice co-produced and curated Harana, a series of poetry tours led by Filipina-Australians in response to the Passion and Procession exhibition in the Art Gallery of NSW.

Her work has been translated into Tagalog, Hiligaynon, French, Japanese, Italian and Czech, while her poems have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Peril Magazine, Mascara Literary Review, Verity La, Voiceworks, and Deep Water Literary Review,  amongst other publications. She was awarded the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Poetry Prize in 2014. In 2016, she was honoured by Australian Poetry as the first of their 30 Under 30 Poets. In 2018, the Amundsen-Scott Station in the South Pole of Antarctica will feature her poetry in a special exhibition on climate change. Eunice was recently awarded the Nature Art and Habitat Residency and Australian Poetry Fellowship in Val Taleggio, Italy. Flood Damages (Giramondo Books 2018) is her first collection of poetry.