Each project by Red Room Poetry produces limited editions of unique handmade objects and publications.
Enjoy a poem with every coffee and reduce your environmental impact with a Red Room KeepCup. Featuring poetry by Peter Minter. All sales support poetic learning programs for students most in need of creative opportunities.
Support the growing of poetic gardens with limited edtion New Shoots seed packets featuring poems by Eileen Chong and Mark Tredinnick. A perfect gift for poetic plant-lovers.
A collection of poems from students and poets from the Unlocked project at the John Morony Correctional Centre in Western Sydney. In August of 2015 poets Candy Rotalle and Dr. Gareth Jenkins facillitated an intensive poetic program that included both individual and collaborative group exercises.
A collection of poems from students and poets from the Unlocked project at Silverwater Women's and South Coast Correctional Centre. In Silverwater, Jo Featherstone and Dr Gareth Jenkins facilitated a 3 day program exploring visual, experimental, and lyric poetry. Nick Bryant Smith led a combined poetry, rap, and hip hop crash course at South Coast Correctional Centre.
Celebrating and cultivating poems inspired by plants, the New Shoots Poetry Anthology gathers 163 poems from 105 poets across the world. The word ‘anthology’ literally means ‘a gathering of flowers’, in every sense, this anthology can be seen as a bouquet, arranged with an assortment of poetic blooms in all colours, moods and shapes.
Clever in design, these magic wallets are perfect for storing business, travel or credit cards as well as folded note money.
In April 2015 Johanna Featherstone and Nick Bryant-Smith (SOLO) returned for their second visit for a new Unlocked project. CDTCC is, as its name suggests, a centre for people who have committed repeat offences as part of a history of long-term drug dependence. The students worked on producing poems in a variety of styles and forms, featuring themes of love, family, and new beginnings.
In Oct 2014, Johanna Featherstone and Nick Bryant-Smith ran the centre’s first ever Unlocked project. In editing these anthologies, we resist the temptation to edit the poems into a completely inspiring, well-behaved collection. The focus is self expression, reflection, and to share this experience with the group and the broader community. So while some poems attest to a desire to ‘turn the page’, tired of ending up in courts and prisons, or missing loved ones back home, others comprise frank narrative accounts of the things that got them where they are – drug use, robbery – portrayed poetically, without additional judgement. To demand that these poems be otherwise would be dishonest, and neglect the transformative power of poetic expression itself, regardless of the content of that expression.
In April 2014, Johanna Featherstone and Nick Bryant-Smith ran a series of workshops atthe SCCC. The group was comprised of maximum security inmates, some of whom they had worked with previously. There are riddle-like object poems, poems for lovers, mothers, sons and daughters. Messages of hope and strength from the darkness of life inside, for people back home not to fear, “because it’s not the end/And in no time, we’ll be back home again”. The Unlocked Reader was again integral to the project, being read over and over again.
For the third time, Red Room Poetry returned to Dillwynia Correction Centre. Workshops were run by Johanna Featherstone and Nick Bryant-Smith. Dillwynia is a medium security facility that hold female inmates. Here we have a diverse collection that shows snapshots of home, lovers, dreams, and places and experiences only accesible through sleep.
A collection of poems from students and poets from the Unlocked project at the Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre. Johanna Featherstone with Nick Bryant-Smith (aka SOLO of Horrorshow) spent 3 days working with inmates at CDTCC in July 2013. Nick's work is featured in this anthology.
A collection of poems from students and poets from the Unlocked project at the Balund-a Centre. Our Unlocked program for Balund-a was part of our focus on Indigenous inmates, and Red Room Poetry's Artistic Director was joined by one of Australia's most renowned Indigenous poets, Lionel Fogarty, whose work is featured in the anthology.
A collection of poems from students and poets from the Unlocked project at the South Coast Correctional Centre. In October 2012 Johanna Featherstone was accompanied in workshops by poets Lionel Fogarty and Nick Bryant-Smith (aka SOLO of Horrorshow), both of whom are featured in this anthology.
A collection of poems from students and poets from the Unlocked project at the Dyllwinia Correctional Centre, this anthology features renowned Australian poets Gareth Jenkins and Ali Cobby Eckermann.
A collection of poems from students and poets from the Unlocked project at the Mannus Correctional Centre. Johanna Featherstone with Australian poet and educator Gareth Jenkins worked over 2 months with inmates, Gareth's poetry is featured in the Anthology.
A collection of poems created during a series of workshops conducted by Red Room Poetry at two NSW Correctional Centres. Unlocked has been developed in collaboration with Corrections NSW Audiovisual Unit, 2SER's Jailbreak radio show, education staff at both centres. This publication was produced by Red Room Poetry and designed by Blood & Thunder Publishing Concern and Boccalatte.
A beautifully-crafted collection of poems and anecdotes from our major project of 2011, Clubs and Societies, First Light collects poems inspired by the weird and wonderful clubs that colour Australia's social fabric.
An anthology of work created by Papercuts students and poets, produced for our Papercuts fundraising event. The booklet features over 10 original poems and was put together by Blood and Thunder Publishing Concern, with the cover design by Boccalatte. All sales of the anthology will help support our education program in reaching more disadvantaged schools.
This double CD includes thirty emerging poets to create a single epic poem - a classic Red Room archive, from our first public project.
The six illustrated poem posters from Toilet Door Poetry 2004 feature original Australian poems by emerging writers. Use BluTak, double-sided tape or a poster frame to stick these up around your home, school, office or neighbourhood.