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The School

Macquarie Fields High School is located in Sydney's south-west, and is a combined comprehensive and selective school.

The Project

Australian poet, Lachlan Brown worked with a select group of students from Macquarie Fields High School to interpret Macquarie’s well-known inauguration speech as part of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Day.

Read the full poem here.

This project invited the poet and students to utilise the Conservatorium as the site of a musical society that was uniquely shaped by Macquarie’s vision. Through a series of workshops the students created their own poem and performed this piece at the unveiling of the Macquarie statue at the opening ceremony.  The poem, 'Nine Visions for Citizens and Soldiers', was a highly anticipated part of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Open Day celebrations. The students recently recorded this poem. 

The Red Room first worked with Macquarie Fields High School in 2009 as part of our Red Room Education program.

The Poet

Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown grew up in Macquarie Fields in Western Sydney. His first book of poetry, Limited Cities (Giramondo 2012), was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. Lachlan's poems have appeared in journals including Cordite, Mascara, and Tincture. He teaches and researches at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

Lachlan's poetry featured in Nightwriting, 2008. He also worked with Macquarie Fields High School and Pymble Ladies' College within Red Room's creative learning program.