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The School

Illawarra Sports High School is a designated specialist sports high school with a broadly based comprehensive curriculum from Years 7 - 12. The school is one of seven sports high schools in New South Wales and draws the majority of its students from the Southern Wollongong area, but an increasing number of students from the larger Illawarra area access its specialists sports programs.

The Project

Australian spoken word poet Zohab Zee Khan worked with students from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 at Illawarra Sports High School on the 24th of March, 2014. As well as hearing Zohab perform his poetry, students created a series of guerilla poems inspired by the Toilet Doors learning resource. Students wrote poems on rain-slicked windows and worked with Zohab to record their poems as part of a QR code poem poster activity. Listen to Illawarra Sports High students reading their poems and read their poems here!

The Poet

Zohab Zee Khan

Zohab Khan is an educator, poet and multidisciplinary artist. Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken word poetry, culminating in taking out the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014. As a motivational speaker, didgeridoo player, and hip-hop artist Zohab has performed in venues and festivals across the world.

Zohab has performed and conducted poetry workshops in over 20 countries across the world and is the co-founder of The Pakistan Poetry Slam. His first collection of poetry “I Write” reached best seller status within 5 months of it's launch. Zohab’s poetry has been translated in four languages. He has made notable appearances at the Sydney, Auckland (New Zealand), Byron Bay, Bellingen, Ubud (Indonesia), Bookworm Literary (China), Sunshine Coast, Darwin, Hong Kong, Karachi, and National Young Writers Festivals. As well as performing at various music festivals including the world renowned Glastonbury Festival in 2016.

As an educator, Zohab’s poetry and self development workshops are in high demand and he has conducted over a thousand workshops in institutions worldwide. His workshops aim to inspire change and confidence in young people through spoken word poetry and brain hacks. With the incorporation of self- development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for selfexpression but also one to inspire change and increase productivity.

As a 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having been raised in rural NSW, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. Zohab seamlessly integrates Urdu and Punjabi into his work as he confronts a range of issues from racism to inequality and socio-economic disparities. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.