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The School

Ogilvie High School is an all girls public high school in New Town, a suburb of Hobart in Tasmania. It is the only public all girls school in the state.

The school boasts outstanding academic success and extra curricular programs and has an enrolment of approximately 920 students.  Ogilvie High School was named as one of the top ten best schools in Australia in 2004.  

The Project

Students in Years 9 and 10 in Head of English-literacy Ms. Erika Boas' elective Writers' Workshop, will be exploring activities from the Cabinet of Lost and Found learning resource. They will complete the core activity of a poem inspired by a talismanic object.  The students will have three  writing workshop sessions with their visiting author - Esther Ottaway, together with supplementary lessons with their class teacher.  The final poems created, together with documentation about the project,  will be displayed in glass cabinets in the schools' art gallery.  The students will invite family, staff and their peers to a launch of their 'Cabinet of Lost and Found' on completition of the project.  The students published their work into a book using online publishing company

The Poet

Esther Ottaway

Esther Ottaway is an award-winning Australian poet who often writes about women’s experiences. She was shortlisted in the world’s largest poetry prize, the Montreal International, in 2020. Her poetry features in the noted anthology Thirty Australian Poets and in leading newspapers, literary journals and anthologies. Her book Blood Universe: poems on pregnancy was critically acclaimed and her new collection, Intimate, Low-voiced, Delicate Things, will be released in early 2021 by Puncher & Wattmann. Esther’s work is online at

Esther featured in the 2008 Red Room project, Nightwrighting.