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The School

As the only all boys Government high school in Tasmania, New Town High School provides students with a quality education that is facilitated through a caring and supportive school environment. New Town High School prepares students for further and continuing education, for future employment and to be positive members of a democratic society.

The Project

Poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham leads a Poetry Object workshop with students from New Town High School.

The Poet

Arielle Cottingham

Texas-born Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham is an internationally touring whirlwind. With a theatre degree, two books, and an Australian Poetry Slam Championship under her belt, she explores the interplay between spoken word and the body, merging elements of dance and physical theatre with written poetry to create multidisciplinary short works that she has toured through Texas, Australia, and Southeast Asia, from the pubs of Melbourne to the cafes of Singapore to the Sydney Opera House. Her first collection, Black and Ropy, was released through Pitt Street Poetry in 2017.