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In human time we will have shed
whole versions of ourselves
before one leaf dislodges from its stem…

~ from 'Sweedman's Sprawling Mallee' by Nandi Chinna

Created by Red Room Poetry in collaboration with local poets, New Shoots is a poetic project that connects people, plants and place, with the aim of deepening our cultural and creative connections with nature.

With support from Eucalypt Australia and City of Perth, four Western Australian poets created and recorded new poems responding to specific mallee species, sites and ecosystems in WA and Kings Park Botanic Garden. These new works were performed as part of Perth Writers Week in February 2019. They are also published online, in learning resources and embedded in the Park to grow the garden of poems.

Poet reflections

Our poets reflect on their New Shoots WA experience:



Poetry readings on mallee: 


Kings Park Festival

1–30 September 2019
'Poetry in the Park'

The poetry of New Shoots WA poets is displayed around the gardens as part of 2019 festival celebrations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth.


New Shoots WA Poetry Trail (free)

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Feb 2019
8.30am-10.00am at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth

Kings Park West Australian Botanic Garden Terraces and Perth Festival hosted local poets, Nandi Chinna, Daniel Hansen, Luke Sweedman and Renee Pettitt-Schipp, as they performed new poems inspired by unique mallee encounters. 

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