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curlews left for the heavens
as magpies arrived
sunshine turned
the tree leaves red

what did we unlock
that day?

~ from 'The Bird Cage' by Ali Cobby Eckermann

Windham-Campbell Award winner and Red Room Poetry Fellow, Ali Cobby Eckermann led poetry workshops at Bundanon Trust as poet-in-residence from August 14-16, 2017.

The residency and these workshops were part of the inaugural Red Room Poetry Fellowship.

Ali worked with students from local YWCA, Dapto High School and Bomaderry High School to explore the local landscape and re-connect to emotion through the vehicle of poetry.

Discover the Dapto High School poems here »

Explore the Bomaderry High School poems here »


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