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The School

Killara High School is a co-ed school on the upper North Shore of Sydney. All of the Year 10 students will be taking part in the Papercuts 'Cabinet of Lost & Found' unit led by poet Gareth Jenkins.

The Project

Gareth worked with all of the Year 10 English classes, running about three workshops a term with about twenty students in each. The students are using one cabinet to showcase the writings of all of them, and that cabinet is being based on the Red Room Company's arts project, The Cabinet of Lost and Found. The Cabinet may be made by some of the Killara High woodork students, or they might hijack the school's sports trophy cabinet! In term four, all the school's participating students performed their work and the Cabinet remained on display in the school.

Read about Gareth's poetic encounters at Killara High School.

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The Poet

Gareth Jenkins

For the last 20 years Gareth Jenkins has been running poetry workshops in schools, youth centres, universities, libraries and prisons. His masters in psychology was spent measuring the brain's frontal positive slow wave. His doctorate explored the intersection of schizophrenia and creative expression through the writing and artmaking of Anthony Mannix. He is the editor of The Toy of the Spirit, the first book-length publication of Anthony's collected writings. Gareth's poetry and theoretical work has been widely published. His poetry-film collaborations regularly screen at festivals around the world. He makes and exhibits text-based art at Square One Studios. Gareth's first poetry collection, Recipes for the Disaster, won the 2019 Anne Elder Award. In 2020 he founded the small press Apothecary Archive - more at:


Poetic reflections

Words fall away – Past/Present Pets – Gareth Jenkins