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The School

Wilderness School is South Australia's oldest Independent Girls' School. It was founded by the Brown family in 1884 to provide education within a family environment.

The Project

Queensland poet, Zenobia Frost, took a virtual excursion to Wilderness School in South Australia as part of Red Room Poetry Object. Zenobia was first commissioned by The Red Room Company to write a 'talismanic' poem for the Poetry Object in 2013. Her poem, 'Civic Duty', inspired by the now extinct Civic Video store near her house, was one of the more curious objects of the project and sparked a lot of interest from Year 8 students at Wilderness School.

The seed for this Skype reading session was planted by English Teacher, Ann Rooney. Ann approached Red Room with the idea of creating a virtual excursion to engage students in 'an authentic interaction with a poet'. Read about their ICT experience on our education blog.

To find out more about hosting a virtual workshop contact Dr Tamryn Bennett

The Poet

Zenobia Frost

Zenobia Frost is a Brisbane-based writer whose second collection of poetry, After the Demolition, was recently released by Cordite Books. In 2018, she received the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for her poem ‘Reality on Demand’, while 2017 saw her work recognised with a Queensland Writers Fellowship. She has been shortlisted for both the Overland Judith Wright Prize (2017) and Red Room Poetry Fellowship (2017–18).
Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Overland, Meanjin, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite, ABR’s States of Poetry: Queensland, Scum, ARC (Canada), Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word, and Contemporary Feminist Poetry. She is a regular voice at the Queensland Poetry Festival, but has also performed in Germany, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Hobart. In 2015, an ArtStart grant allowed her to study poetry in the Black Forest and online with Warsan Shire (cowriter on Beyonce’s Lemonade).
Zenobia’s first poetry collection, Salt and Bone (Walleah Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Prize and commended in the 2014 Anne Elder Awards. Salt and Bone has been called ‘sparse and alarming . . . visceral and seductive’ (Alyson Miller, Cordite) and ‘quirkily powerful’ (Martin Duwell, Australian Poetry Review).
Zenobia recently earned her Master of Philosophy degree in Creative Practice, with an exegetical work on place attachment and housing insecurity in Brisbane poetry. After the Demolition was recently praised in Overland for its ‘political poetics of space

Instagram: @zenfrost