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How can you make something from nothing?
A palace from a stone?
A body from a bone?

from 'The Trunk' by Katerina, Year 10, Meriden 


Poetry Object 2016 Winners and Highly Commended

In its most exciting year yet, Red Room Poetry Object has enlivened the imaginations of teachers and students across Australia and beyond. With 172 Australasian school communities engaged and over 3000 poems received, Poetry Object 2016 has soared above our expectations. Students and teachers have written both heartfelt and humorous poems about their dearest objects - from dragon teapots and Hawaiian dresses to bird whistles and precious stones. Jill Jones has included notes on each of the poems, which are now available:

View the Winners and Highly Commended »


Poetry Object Exhibition

Thursday, 17 November 2016 - Saturday, 10 December 2016 at Big Fat Smile Gallery. Details here » 


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          Register for Red Room Poetry Object 2017 »
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          Book a Poetry Object Workshop for students »
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          Prizes and Awards
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What is Red Room Poetry Object?

Red Room Poetry Object is a poetry writing competition inviting young writers and their teachers from across Australia and New Zealand to submit poems about 'talismanic' objects that are special to them. Red Room Poetry Object is open to students in grades 3-10 and their teachers. In 2015, Red Room Poetry Object linked over 160 school communities and published 2560 student and teacher poems. Read the 2016 submissions »


Creative Learning Resources

A new creative learning resource has been developed for Red Room Poetry Object 2016 to support deep engagement with poetic practice, meaning making and the execution of high quality works by students and their teachers.
Red Room Creative Learning works with students, teachers and communities to deepen their engagement with poetry by nurturing creative practice through inspired, critical and imaginative investigation. Our learning programs provide immersive environments where practicing poets guide students through unique writing processes to unlock unusual ways of seeing, interpreting and responding. The Red Room is committed to publishing these outcomes and providing a platform for young poets to share their work in the public domain.

Download our Creative Learning Resource


Commissioned Poets

Red Room commissioned six contemporary Australian poets to compose poems in response to their own talismanic objects. These new works are integrated into the creative learning resources and are explored in workshops as entry points to conceptual understandings and creative practice.

Ellen Van Neerven (QLD)
Adam Pettet (QLD) 
Caitlin Maling (WA/NSW) 
Matthew Heffernan (NT) 
Chloe Wilson (VIC)
Kathryn Hummel (SA)

Red Room Poetry Object 2016 was judged by celebrated poet, Jill Jones. Read her judging notes here »


How to Submit Poetry

  • Submissions for 2016 have now closed. If you would like to register your school for 2017, click here


Prizes and Awards

Certificates of Achievement are awarded to all participants. Prizes are awarded for Best Student Poem (Primary), Best Student Poem (Secondary), Best Teacher Poem, and Best School Installation. Full prize details »


Red Room Poetry Object Exhibition

All commissioned and winning poems were exhibited at Big Fat Smile Gallery in Wollongong. The exhibition launched on Thursday 17 November 2016 with the announcement of the winning and highly commended poems.

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Poetry Object on Sydney Trains

Excerpts from winning and commended poems will be exhibited on posters in Sydney's trains, as part of a new Red Room poetic arts project that gives voice to young writers by publishing poetry in unexpected places.


Contact Us

To book a poetry workshop or to find out more about Poetry Object contact or phone (02) 9319 5090. 


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