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The School

Bundanon Trust works with YWCA Links to Learning program which brings students from local high schools, at risk of disengaging with formal education, for art & poetry workshops and social learning opportunities.

The Project

Windham-Campbell Award winner and 2017 Red Room Poetry Fellow, Ali Cobby Eckermann led poetry workshops at Bundanon Trust as poet-in-residence from August 14-16, 2017.
On Monday 14 August, Ali worked with students from the local YWCA Links to Learning to explore the local landscape and re-connect to emotion through the vehicle of poetry.

The Poet

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and launched her literary career in 2009. Her works have been published in various languages, and she has travelled widely to showcase Aboriginal poetry overseas. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Aust. Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. In 2014 Ali was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week, and the first First Nation writer to attend the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her memoir Too Afraid To Cry was launched in New Delhi India in 2015, on her way to Jaipur Literature Festival. In 2016 Ali presented a Keynote at the Active Aesthetics conference in Berkeley California. In 2017 Ali received the Windham-Campbell Award from Yale University and was awarded the inaugural Red Room Poetry Fellowship.