Poetry in First Languages
Buraga little binyang (Arise little bird)
Ngaramang your yuwing (Dance your truth)
~ from 'Little Binyang (Gadigal)' by Kirli Saunders
Developed by Gunai poet Kirli Saunders and delivered by Red Room Poetry, Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry, music and art.
PIFL supports First Nations students in creating poetry in first languages by connecting them to First Nations Poets, Elders and Language Custodians on Country through workshops facilitated by Red Room Poetry. The focus is to strengthen the connection of First Nations students to country, language and community in order to empower students to feel pride in their cultural identities resulting in enhanced wellbeing overall.
The project, running from 2018-2020, will deliver:
• 15 commissioned First Nations poets, emerging and established
• Creation of language group-specific learning resource aligned with Australian Curriculum
• Up to 15 poet-in-residence programs in schools with multiple student workshops
• Performance and publication of student poems on murals, installations and the RR website
• A print and digital anthology of First Language poems collected during the project in 2020
• Professional Development sessions (1 per year) for teachers
• Ongoing research to be conducted by Bailey and Yang Group and UTS
- Gundungurra (Southern Highlands NSW)
19-21 March with Moss Vale High School, Mittagong Public School and Moss Vale Public School
- Dharawal (Illawarra NSW)
14-15 May with Warrawong Public School, Warrawong High School and Kemblawarra Public School
- Bundjalung (North East NSW)
8-10 August with Balund-a Diversionary Centre (branch of Unlocked)
- Yuin (Shoalhaven NSW)
6-27 August, details TBC
- Gadigal (Sydney NSW)
13-14 November, details TBC
Supporters & Partners
Poetry in First Languages is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australian National Commission for UNESCO of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It is proudly supported by the Graeme Wood Foundation, Geoff Ainsworth AM & Johanna Featherstone, Copyright Agency, Norman Catts Trust and generous individuals.
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