Duffle Bags Will Reveal All

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15 November 2009



Just what Australians think and feel about the oceans that

surround them will be revealed at a special celebration event on

Thursday Island tomorrow.

Two duffle bags containing hundreds of poems contributed by the general public over the past

six weeks, together with verse from commissioned poets, will be opened and the contents read

at a community gathering at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre.

The poems were collected at various ports as part of ship voyages along the east and west

coasts for the national literary project Sea Things – a scheme aimed at building on Australia's

maritime poetry tradition in a contemporary context.

The “poetic cargo” – from people of all ages and from all walks of life - has been kept secret


“The community gathering on Thursday Island represents the ‘big revelation’,” comments

Johanna Featherstone, the Artistic Director of The Red Room Company, the project organiser.

“Right now we don’t know what contributors have been writing. But given the nature of the

travels we are expecting the works to contain many voices, themes and surprises.

“The objective of the project was to ask people to imagine the nation’s sea history through new

work that can be shared nationally and internationally through print, audio, film and web forms. 

“It will be exciting to see just what people think about the oceans and waterways that guide their

lifestyles and which have been such a vital and impactive part of the nation’s history.” 

Poems written in recent weeks by students of the Tagai State College and from other local

schools will be included in a workshop inspired by the project. Hobart-based poet Graeme Miles

will read a new work at the community gathering.

After events on Thursday Island the complete set of works will be flown to Sydney for a finale

public performance on Sydney Harbour on 26 November.

A special guest at the Sydney performance will be a student from Thursday Island, whose work

was judged the most evocative.

What:   Grand opening of the Sea Things Duffle Bags. Time: 5pm

When:  Monday, 16 November. Where: Gab Titui Cultural Centre, Thursday Island

Media inquiries: Johanna Featherstone, Red Room Company, on 0425 312 334, or Graham

Cassidy, Cato Counsel, on 0419 202 317 

The Red Room Company creates, promotes and publishes a spectrum of poetry by Australian writers, in unusual

ways. The company is not-for-profit and is supported by The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, The Australia

Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, The Ian Potter Foundation and The Keir Foundation.

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