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The School

The ‘Love Your Lagoons’ program provided an opportnity for primary and secondary students to learn about water conservation and wetlands at UWS' Campbelltown Campus. UWS and WestWords teamed up with Red Room Poetry Education to run a creative writing workshop that explored themes of conservation and sustainability.

WestWords engages children and young people in Greater Western Sydney by encouraging an appreciation of story and storymaking in a variety of forms and by promoting the understanding of the importance of books in the lives of young people. WestWords is committed to providing an environment where the stories of the communities of Western Sydney and the places they come from are celebrated. We believe that engagement with reading and writing allows young people to develop their imagination, hone their creative skills and give voice to their experiences.

The Project

Red Room Poetry Education Manager and poet Dr Tamryn Bennett ran a special workshop at an event organised by the Office of Sustainability staff at UWS, held at the UWS Campbelltown Campus. The event was called ‘Love Your Lagoons’ and was a day for primary and secondary students to learn about water conservation and wetlands education.

The students had the opportunity to participate in a range of workshops at the event. Along with science and environment based learning, the Office of Sustainability team were keen to incorporate creative activities into their environmental projects.

In Tamryn's poetry workshop, they undertook a variety of writing exercises, including decorative kuhi (or haiku) stones. 

Click through to read the students' poetry.

The Poet

Tamryn Bennett

Tamryn is a poet, artist and Director of Red Room Poetry. Her collection phosphene is published by Rabbit Poet Series. A second collection, icaros, is forthcoming with Vagabond Press. She is the editor of Lîneas en tierra / Lines in land a bilingual collection of Mexican poems published by Australian Poetry. Tamryn's poetic projects have been exhibited and published widely in Australia and internationally. She is a recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and Australia Council Professional Development Grant. Tamryn has a PhD from the University of New South Wales where she also taught Creative Writing.