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All student poems

The School

Mount Carmel School is a Catholic school located in the historical town of Yass in the NSW southern tablelands. Their school motto is "Age Quod Agis - do well what you do"  and that's just what they did.

The Project

A diverse range of students took part in Mount Carmel's poetry project, with Year 9 students creating a poetry wall and another group of students speaking with ABC Radio 2CN.  The group produced a newsletter including some of their poems and testimonials.

The Poet

Emily Ballou

Emily Ballou is an Australian poet, novelist and screenwriter, currently residing in the UK.  In 1996, she was a recipient of the AFC’s New Screenwriters Scheme for her first feature screenplay, Sadie X-Ray. In 1997, she was awarded the Judith Wright Prize for Poetry for her poem, 'Enter'  She has worked with Gillian Armstrong adapting Helen Hodgman’s Waiting for Matindi for the screen, and wrote the short film 'Mittens', directed by Emma Freeman, which was Fox Searchlight’s 2004 contender for the 76th Academy Awards.  She was one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists of 2003.  Her first two novels, Father Lands and Aphelion, were published by Picador Australia. Her first picture-book, One Blue Sock (illustrated by Stephen Michael King), was published by Random House. Her verse-portrait of Charles Darwin was published by University of Western Australia Press in 2009.


2009: The Darwin Poems (University of Western Australia Press)

2007: Aphelion (Picador: Pan Macmillan Australia)

2007: One Blue Sock (Random House Australia)

2002: Father Lands (Picador: Pan Macmillan Australia)