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The School

Green Square is a medium to long term program primarily for students experiencing challenges in a mainstream setting. The school aims to support students through an individual case management approach to integrate successfully back into a mainstream school, or develop skills that will enhance their ability with their education to positively engage in the wider community.

The Project

Red Room Poetry’s Youth Unlocked collaborates with students, teachers and educational communities in Behavioural Intervention Centres and Juvenile Justice Centres to deepen encounters with poetry.

With generous support from MIRVAC and Landcom, in February and March 2018, poet and hip hop artist SOLO (Nick Bryant Smith) and poet and performer Gabrielle Jones delivered six workshops for the students at Green Square School. The workshops focus on unlocking poetic ways of seeing, writing and responding through music and performance.

Read the student poems
Listen to the group poem recording
Read the project report 

The Poet

Gabrielle Journey Jones

Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, percussionist and event producer born on sovereign Gadigal Land, Sydney, Australia. She is from Maori and African American bloodlines and now lives on the Far South Coast NSW Yuin Country. Gabrielle has shared her poetry at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry Spoken Medicine (2017) was published by Ginninderra Press.   

Gabrielle is inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism and inclusion. She encourages everyone to speak their own medicine by sharing their stories in whatever ways feel healing, authentic and most useful. In 2018, Gabrielle established Poetic Percussion, a small business delivering poetry and drumming workshops and performances in schools and the community. 

Gabrielle has worked collaboratively with the following creative groups and organisations over recent years: ACON, Aussie Writers Flash Fiction Fun Festival, Bega Valley Public School, Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers, Bonnie's Support Services, Bucket Lounge, Burning Seed, Caravan Slam, Children's Book Club Australia Illawarra-South Coast, Circus Monoxide, Circus WOW, Cygnet Folk Festival, Enough Said Poetry Slam, Ginninderra Press, Girls Rock! Canberra, Illawarra Folk Festival, Issa Vibe, Kangaroo Valley Show, Kind Art Ed, Liverpool Women’s Services, Liverpool Sexual Assault Service, Lou’s Place, Merrigong, Old Bega Hospital, Reclaim The Night, Red Room Poetry, Refugee Action Collective Illawarra, Shakespeare By Night, She’ll Be Right, SheQu, South Coast Writers Centre, Spark Youth Theatre, Spoken Vibes, StayFly Sydney, Sydney Fringe Festival, Tamar Valley Folk Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, That Poetry Thing, Thirroul Community Library, Thirroul Public School, Tripple Treat, University of New South Wales, Unspoken Words Storytelling, Womoon Tide Feminist Writers, Women’s Resource Centre Bega, Word in Hand, Word Travels / Storyfest, Words Flow, Writers of the Far South Coast, Yoke Magazine.

To find out more, visit her website: www.poeticpercussion.com.au