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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. 


Be part of Writing Water

Your poetry could become part of Writing Water. Our forthcoming chapbook will feature a selection of public contributions along with commissioned poems by Eunice Andrada, Tony Birch, Luke Davies, Georgina 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. 

Submissions are now closed.
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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: