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Grief is rembetiko
heard through an open window
as the quandong
fruits at dusk—

~ from 'Blue Quandong' by Sarah Holland-Batt

In 2018, Red Room Poetry, in collaboration with Cairns Tropical Writers Festival and Australian Poetry brought New Shoots to Cairns Botanic Gardens.


NEW SHOOTS: Poetry tour of the Cairns Botanic Gardens, 12 August, 1.30pm
As part of Cairns Tropical Writers Festival: Poet Sarah Holland-Batt and the Friends of the Cairns Botanic Gardens team delivered a poetic walking tour and poetry readings inspired by the local tropical biodiversity.

Workshop: Poetry masterclass with Sarah Holland-Batt
On 3 June, Sarah Holland-Batt facilitated a workshop in the tropical grounds of the Cairns Botanic Gardens. She guided participants in writing poetry inspired by plants, flowers, gardens, and the environment. Through a blend of practical exercises and editorial feedback and suggestions in a supportive setting, participants wrote poetry that is attuned to the natural world and their place within it, gaining an appreciation of poetic techniques and forms.

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