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The School

Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate is a school in Otara, Auckland, New Zealand. The school was formed in 2004, when Hillary College, Bairds Intermediate School and Clydemore Primary School joined together. There are three distinct schools on the one campus, which was opened by Sir Edmund Hillary, after whom it is named, in 2004. Hillary College opened in 1966 and was named Otara College until 1969.

The Project

To celebrate NZ National Poetry Day, Red Room Poetry are running special Poetry Object workshops at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate with Courtney Sina Meredith.

Courtney will work with students to create and publish poems inspired by special objects. The poems from this workshop will be entered into the Poetry Object competition and published on the Red Room website.

The Poet

Courtney Sina Meredith

Courtney Sina Meredith is a writer and a performer based in Auckland. She describes her work as an 'ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique.' She launched her first book of poetry, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (Beatnik), at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, and has since published a short story collection, Tail of the Taniwha (2016) to critical acclaim. Her play Rushing Dolls (2010) won a number of awards and was published by Playmarket in 2012. She has been selected for a number of international writers' residencies including the prestigious Fall Residency at the University of Iowa, the Island Institute Residency in Sitka, Alaska, and the Bleibtreu Berlin Writers' Residency in Charlottenburg, Berlin. Her poetry and prose have been translated into Italian, German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia.  

Image credit: Thomas Langdon