New Shoots WA-Poets-Perth Botanic Gardens-Red Room Poetry

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 in collaboration with local poets, New Shoots connects people, plants and place, to deepen 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:

Partners & supporters

  • Eucalypt Australia

  • City of Perth

  • Perth Festival

  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden

  • Australia Council for the Arts

  • Create NSW