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hang there
like broken glass in night’s gut.

~ from  'The Theory of Everything' by Kit Brookman.


People do strange and wonderful things behind secret doors and in hidden rooms. 

Clubs & Societies, The Red Room Company’s major poetry project for 2011, tapped into the potential for poetry in the strange tongues of Australia’s clubs and societies.

How did it work?

The project worked by partnering 12 commissioned poets with 12 clubs from across the country. The poets learned the lingo of these fanatics and aficionados, becoming the poet laureate of their partner club. At the end of the project, they produced a new work of poetry exploring their experiences. These works were then compiled into a chapbook

Clubs & Societies

The Embroiderers' Guild of NSW

Dorkbot Sydney

Club 2540

Wollongong Illawarra Roller Derby

The Wayside Chapel

The Astronomical Society of NSW

The Existentialist Society

Central Australian Bushwalkers

The Aboriginal Writers' Retreat

Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland

The Hobart Bell Ringers


Melbourne Motorgliding Club

And this was our HQ...

The Clubhouse

See the chapbook of Clubs & Societies work here.

Click here to view the amazing works produced from the quirkiest of material.