Mount St Patrick College Murwillumbah - With Toby Fitch
Poet Toby Fitch visited Mt St Patrick College Murwillambah for a three day residency where he worked with each of the six Year 8 English classes, exploring guerrilla poetry activities from the Toilet Doors learning resource. Each class took part in a three hour workshop with Toby in which they created their own newspaper headline collage poems, Blackout poems and Army Poem Dudes. The entire campus was covered with NOTICE poems. Toby worked with Ms Amanda Starr's top Year 8 class to create a treated book of their set text, George Orwell's Animal Farm, using the technique of Blackout poetry. One student transformed the title and their new work, inspired by Tom Philips' The Humument Project, became known as Ogre Farm. Toby's commissioned poem for the school, 'The Living Daylights', is a blackout poem using a page from the Preface to Orwell's novel. He also conducted a creative writing group with a senior Extension English class.
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