Blakehurst High School, NSW
The Disappearing, 2013
Blakehurst High School serves its community as a coeducational comprehensive high school with specialist languages status. Students of all abilities and backgrounds learn in an inclusive, harmonious learning environment.
On Thursday, 20th June, Indigenous Australian poet Lorna Munro read her work and shared her story with the Year 9 students of Blakehurst High School, who had been studying Indigenous culture and history. After Lorna's visit students were inspired to create a Disappearing wall at the school.
Lorna Munro, or ‘Yilinhi’, is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, multidisciplinary artist and regular radio and podcast host at Sydney’s Radio Skid Row. A long-time active member of her Redfern/Waterloo community, her work is informed by her passion and well-studied insight in areas such as culture, history, politics and popular culture. Lorna has travelled the world showcasing her skills and distinctive style of poetry and political commentary. She was also the sole designer and creator of Sydney’s—and possibly Australia’s—first initiative to teach Aboriginal language through poetry, in partnership with Red Room Poetry in 2015. Throughout her career she has been on stage, in films and on paper. She compiled and edited Paper Dreaming: Our Stories Our Way for Cambridge University Press (2015). Lorna continues to work tirelessly mastering many art forms, raising funds, and supporting and advocating for her community and her people on the local, national and international stage. In 2019, Lorna was announced as a recipient of the Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter fellowship.