Barrenjoey High School, NSW
Protest Poetry, 2017
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Poet and activist Eunice Andrada led a full day workshop with students that explored the theme of protest. In developing the student’s ability to create responsive poetry, she then extensively mapped poetic techniques, linking them to her personal and political experiences and poetry. Across various engaging activities, students worked both individually and in groups to compose and edit their own protest poems, which were then shared with the class.
Eunice Andrada is a poet and educator. Her debut poetry collection Flood Damages (2018) won the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry and the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She has performed her poetry on diverse international stages, from the UN Climate Summit in Paris to the Sydney Opera House. Her ecopoetry has been recognised through the awarding of a residency and fellowship presented byAustralian Poetry and Nature Art and Habitat Residency (NAHR). She lives and writes on unceded Gadigal Land.