First Nations student poetry on buses
she tongay and tongay about daoure
and all that’s left is char and sand
loud cries the lost garrall
for it seems it’s her time too
~ from 'Budan’ (Bird) by Bailey, Year 10, Poetry in First languages Gundungurra
The powerful poems of First Nations students were published on a grand scale on bus backs as part of the Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) Gundungurra program. First initiated in 2018, Red Room Poetry's bus back campaign stems from Poetic Moments, which amplifies newly-created poems on buses, planes and trains, murals and buildings.
This year, the PIFL Gundugurra program and bus back initiative were a collaboration with NSW Government's Saving our Species (SoS) program and Wingecarribee Shire Council, aimed at presenting a poetic and environmental learning project for young First Nations students on Gundungurra Country in this Year of Indigenous Languages.
First Nations students, Jake and Grace, who were involved in the PIFL Gundugurra workshops (Southern Highlands NSW) were excited to see their poems about endangered black cockatoos published on the back of buses.
Read more and see the photos.
Discover our 2018 bus back poetry.