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All student poems

The School

Pymble Ladies' College is situated on 20 hectares of beautiful park-like grounds on Sydney’s upper North Shore, and is a non-selective, private, independent school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12.

The Project

Australian poet Kate Middleton visited Year 9 and Year 12 students of Pymble Ladies' College during an extensive 3-day residency, on the 11th March, 20th May and 20th August 2014. Kate guided students through selected exercises from The Disappearing learning resource, with a focus on the drafting process and refining poetic imagery.

Read a selection of their poems here. 

The Poet

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is the author of Fire Season (Giramondo, 2009), awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2009, and the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize for 'Rainbow's End' (a Fire Season poem) in 2006. From September 2011-September 2012 she was the inaugural Sydney City Poet. Her second collection, Ephemeral Waters, was published by Giramondo in 2013.

Kate has completed a music degree at the University of Melbourne, majoring in composition and is currently completing Honours in Literature. Her poems have been published in many Australian newspapers and journals including The Age, The AustralianHeat and Meanjin, and have been set to music by many Melbourne composers. She has written the libretti for three operas, including Lapse by Alan Lee, which was performed in 2002 at Melba Hall and The Museum of Victoria.

In 2005 a selection of her poems was set by Natalie Williams for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is currently undertaking flying trapeze training.

Her poems, 'Testimony', 'Golden Summer, Eaglemont', 'Empire', 'Souvenir' and 'A Bright Winter's Morning' are available on our free app, The Disappearing.