Balcatta PEAC Centre, WA
The Cabinet of Lost and Found, 2013
Balcatta PEAC Centre, WA, is the Administrative centre for the Primary Extension and Academic Challenge program, located at Balcatta Senior High School, Perth, WA. The PEAC program provides opportunities for gifted and talented stidents in Years 5, 6 & 7. Schools in local areas get together to run extension programs for students in areas such as art, technology and languages.
During an 8-week-long course from the 6th June to the 19th August, students aged 10-12 years, of the Primary Extension and Advanced Challenge (PEAC) program, met at Balcatta Senior High School, WA, to create a collaborative poetry anthology. With the guidance of Australian performance poet Scott-Patrick Mitchell, they woite, performed and recorded their poetry, as well as created their own cabinet of curiosities.
Each student selected a poem to be published by The Red Room Company as part of The Poetry Object 2013 project.
Click on each student's name to read their personal poetry folio below:
Scott-Patrick Mitchell (SPM) is a non-binary West Australian poet, writer and spoken word artist. SPM’s work has been described by George Anderson at Bold Monkey as being “one of the most diverse and original poets working in Western Australia today” while John Kinsella has described their work as being “new ahead of the new”.
SPM’s work appears in Contemporary Australian Poetry, The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry, Solid Air, Stories of Perth and Going Postal. In 2019, SPM won Coal Creek’s Literary Award for Poetry, The Creative Connections Poetry Prize, Melbourne Poets Union’s Martin Downey Urban Realist Poetry Award and The Wollongong Short Story Prize.
A mentor to many emerging West Australian poets and recipient of a 2019 KSP Writers Centre First Draft Fellowship, SPM is the coordinator for WA Poets Inc’s Emerging Poets Program. They are also an event producer for WAPI’s annual Perth Poetry Festival.