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All student poems

The School

An Anglican School in Coffs Harbour on New South Wale's north coast, Bishop Druit College was founded in 1994. Since then, the school has grown to cater for 1200 primary and secondary students, along with 150 staff. 

The Project

Melbourne poet Luke Beesley travelled to Coffs Harbor to work with the students of Bishop Druitt College on the Toilet Doors project, a resource developed by The Red Room Company that explores guerrilla poetry. As part of the workshop experience, Luke also composed a poem for the school, ‘An Attempt To Get Oats Into This Poem’, which is published on the Red Room website (or read in playlist above).

Students created new works of poetry through activities including 'blackout poems', where they remix an existing text, and the 'stars through a seive' excersise, which asks students to consider what would happen if they were to attempt to force the firmament through a collander...

View the 'blackout poems' Yr 7 students created.

View the 'blackout poems' Yr 10 student created.
Part One
Part Two 

The Poet

Luke Beesley

Luke Beesley writes poetry and short fiction, and is an artist and musician. His recent poetry collections Jam Sticky Vision (Giramondo, 2015) and New Works on Paper (Giramondo, 2013) blend the painterly with absurdity, cinema, music and autobiography. Beesley’s second book, Balance (Whitmore Press, 2012), was based on an Asialink residency in India. He has won numerous awards and fellowships and his poetry has been published in the Black Inc. Best Australian Poems and UQP Best Australian Poetry anthologies. Luke is a singer-songwriter and he plays with Ian Wadley (Small World Experience, Minimum Chips) as New Archer, and solo as Cornflake Sunset. Luke lives in Melbourne.