Dapto High School, NSW
Red Room Education , 2017
Dapto High School is a co-educational comprehensive high school. The school enjoys a secluded setting, protected from the local urban development by the south coast rail line and picturesque Mullet Creek.
Windham-Campbell Award winner and Red Room Poetry Fellow, Ali Cobby Eckermann led poetry workshops at Bundanon Trust as poet-in-residence from August 14-16, 2017.
Ali worked with students from Dapto High School to explore the local landscape and re-connect to emotion through the vehicle of poetry.
Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collection little bit long time launched her literary career in 2009. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Aust. Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. In 2014 Ali was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week, and the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. In 2017 Ali received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University USA. She was awarded a Literature Fellowship by the Australian Council for the Arts in 2018. In 2019 Ali was awarded a prestigious Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy.