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The School

Marrickville High School is an inner Sydney co-educational high school supporting comprehensive education for a predominantly local community from diverse non-English speaking backgrounds. The school's focus is on developing successful learners who are able to achieve to their potential. The students benefit from excellent student wellbeing and co curricular programs that support and reward individual and team achievement. 

The Project

Current Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Zohab Zee Khan, presented a full-day poetry workshop at Marrickville High School in September. With activities inspired by The Disappearing learning resource, Year 9 students traced memories rooted to time and place in their writing. Poems composed by Marrickville High School students can be viewed here and will soon appear in The Disappearing app. You can view photos from the workshop on our Flickr album.

Download the app here for Apple devices. The Disappearing app is currently in re-development for Android devices and will re-launch in late 2015.

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.