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The School

Alia is a secondary college, Melbourne-based, co-ed, inclusive, independent, non-religious, tolerant and academic in focus. 

The Project

On Friday 13th June, poet and hip hop artist L-FRESH The LION joined the Red Room Company to work with students from Alia College as part of their inaugural poetry festival. Inspired by the Red Room Poetry Object, students brought along a collection of their most treasured and curious objects to serve as stimulus for new poems. 

Check out L-FRESH's Poetry Object poem, Turban.  

Read about L-FRESH'S experience at Alia College here.  

The Poet


Hailing from South West Sydney, currently residing in Melbourne, 24-year old Hip Hop artist L-FRESH The LION has made a name for himself with his versatile catalogue and his energetic and engaging live show. He has gone from strength-to-strength, nabbing high profile support spots nationally; impressing the likes of Nas, Public Enemy, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), DJ Qbert, MC Supernatural, The Herd, Hermitude and many more. It is his passion, honesty and integrity as an artist and lyricist that has garnered him such noteworthy attention. When speaking on L-FRESH The LION, global Hip Hop icon KRS-One said “He is Hiphop”.

These days, The LION plays live with a 7-member band, which also includes a Punjabi dhol player, paying tribute to his cultural background, whilst providing audiences with a distinctive live show experience.

He has hosted and performed at countless community events, which has firmly cemented his presence in the Hip Hop scene. He understands Hip Hop’s connection to community and continues to work closely with people all across Australia. Recently, The LION was a featured speaker at TEDx Parramatta where he presented a talk entitled “Self creation through Hip Hop”. He has appeared on Channel 10’s “The Project”, ABC Radio National and ABC Sydney Local Radio for his work in community. Passionate about issues relating to social justice, The LION has also been a panellist at an Amnesty International event and at the Happiness & Its Causes Conference.

He is also the founder of The Power To The Peaceful Community, a clothing label and online community that exists to encourage everlasting and meaningful dialogue around peace and peaceful relationships. 

Image by James Rush.