The Disappearing – a Red Room poetry workshop

Moss Vale High School poem stonesThe Disappearing is a free app for iPhone, iPad and smartphones that literally maps poetry and place. As an ongoing project, The Disappearing uncovers poetry’s invisible currents in the world around us. Using geo-location to map poetry to place, the app charts traces, fragmentary histories, impressions and memories, encouraging readers to interact in a non-linerar way.

At Moss Vale High, we were privileged to work with published poets, Dr Anna Westbrook and Dr Tamryn Bennett, who led an exciting writing workshop for students from Camden and Crookwell High Schools in our Gundungurra country.

Students were engaged in a number of different activities and we received very positive feedback from both students and staff. Over the four hours students

  • listended to Anna read some of her poems
  • experiement with a range of poetic techniques
  • create their own ‘disappearing’ poems, and
  • publish a poem on The Disappearing app.

We created ekphrastic poems – where an image was lucky dipped – collage poems – cutting out words from three existing ‘disappearing’ poems to create a new poem – kuhi stones – a favourite line written on a small stone or pebble and left outside – and finished with origami aeroplane letters to the future – poems as letters that express wishes: what should stay the same? and what might hopefully change?

My hope is that this enjoyable and productive event was the beginning of many future collaborations with the Red Room Company and schools in our Gundungurra country.

Many poems from that day can be read on the Moss Vale High School blog of our Bamir Language Gallery, or visit our school page on the Red Room website.

Follow the instructions to download the app: The Disappearing.

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