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All student poems

The School

St. Virgil’s College Hobart is an independent Catholic College in the Edmund Rice tradition. Founded in 1911, St. Virgil’s Colllege is one of Tasmania’s oldest and most respected schools. It caters for boys in Years 3-10 and has an enrolment of over 700 students. The senior school campus for boys in Years 7-10 is located at Austins Ferry on 30 hectares of bushland by the River Derwent.

The Project

Boys in Years 9 and 10 who had elected to study the creative writing course offered at St.Virgil’s explored the concept of guerilla poetry through their investigation of the Toilet Doors learning resource.  Students in the class of English teacher Cameron Alexander had the opportunity to select activities from the Toilet Doors resource that reflected their interests and skills.

The Poet

Ben Walter

Ben Walter is a Tasmanian writer of lyrical fiction and poetry who has been widely published in Australian journals, including Island, Overland, Southerly, The Lifted Brow, Griffith Review and Meanjin. He has twice been shortlisted in the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes, and was the recent guest editor for Overland’s special anti-/dis-/un-Australian fiction issue.