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This vital force, carried in skin                                  
and within, a genesis of sacred stories
yarns like blood through our veins
~ Nicole Smede 

From cloud forests to flood, water connects us in every sense

Red Room Poetry’s Writing Water: Rain, River, Reef project is commissioning celebrated poets and inviting public submissions that look below the surface and reimagine our essential relationships with water. From the slow-moving waters of TarraWarra in Victoria to the extinction of corals and conversations with wetlands in Western Australia, poems are provocations to honour, remember and interrogate our responsibilities with water in a time of environmental change. 

Writing Water together

Writing Water chapbook | Coming soon

Our forthcoming Writing Water chapbook will feature a selection of public contributions along with commissioned poems by Eunice AndradaTony BirchLuke DaviesGeorgina Reid and Nicole Smede, with chapbooks freely distributed on ferries for the poetic delight of the public. Contributors who are selected will receive a $60 publication fee for their poem, with the opportunity to donate their fee back to support Red Room Poetry's work. Read the Terms and Conditions >  

Keep an eye out for the Writing Water chapbook washing ashore in November...


Workshop with Eunice Andrada | Wednesday 12 August

Award-winning Filipina poet Eunice Andrada led an immersive Writing Water workshop designed to help us explore our relationships with water in all its forms: as witness, giver, receiver. 65 participants came together to create unique poems for consideration in the Red Room Poetry Writing Water chapbook.


Poems float on Sydney Ferries

Noticed anything new on your ferry commute? To celebrate World Poetry Day and the launch of Writing Water, poems will be floating on Sydney Ferries throughout March. Snap a pic of a poem on a ferry and tag @RedRoomPoetry on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for your chance to win a Red Room poetry prize pack!


Partners and Supporters

Writing Water: Rain, River, Reef is supported by generous individuals, TarraWarra Museum of Art for the TarraWarra Biennial 2020 and our major partners: