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The School

Centralian Senior College (CentralianSC) is the largest provider of senior secondary education in Alice Springs, offering a wide range of courses with a variety of dedicated, specialist teachers who strive for excellence when it comes to their subject fields. CentralianSC is proud to be the only goverment funded senior secondary college in Alice Springs.

The Project

Developed by Gunai poet Kirli Saunders and delivered by Red Room Poetry, Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry, music and art.

On May 13,14 and 15, Arrernte Playwright, Declan Furber Gillick and Gunai Poet, Kirli Saunders led First Nations students at Centralian Senior College in Poetry in First Language workshops, generously supported by NT Writers Festival. During workshops, students connected to country to create poems in Arrernte/Arnanda language. Poems from the workshops will be published on the Red Room poetry website and were also shared at the NT Writers Festival during the Festival Opening (May 16, 5:30-7pm, Olive Pink Botanic Garden) and Poet's Moon Readings (May 17, 6-7:30pm, Olive Pink Botanic Garden). 

Read the student poems here soon!

The Poet

Declan Furber Gillick

Declan Furber Gillick is an Arrernte playwright, artist, educator, performer and musician with Aboriginal and Irish-Anglo ancestry. His works include the multi-award winning play Bighouse Dreaming and Scar Trees, a theatre-as-education play commissioned by Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Declan has had prose, poetry and essays published by Affirm Press, Southerly, Centre For Indigenous Story and Red Room Poetry. He is currently working on a new play for Melbourne Theatre Company, where he is a resident writer in their Next Stage program.