Poems Head Across The Torres Strait

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12 November 2009



Queenslanders, including Cairns residents, have

contributed scores of poems to a national literary project that aims

to celebrate Australia’s long-time love affair with the oceans.

Their works have been added to a duffle bag stuffed with hundreds of poems that tomorrow will

set sail aboard Trinity Bay for a voyage across the Torres Strait to Thursday Island for the

penultimate stopover of a journey that started in Hobart five weeks ago.

The poems form the precious “cargo” collected by The Red Room Company from

commissioned poets and the general public on both the east and west coasts of the country as

part of the Sea Things project.

Verse has come from people of all walks of life, young and older, and will be revealed for the

first time at a community celebration on Thursday Island on 16 November.

A send-off ceremony tomorrow on Trinity Wharf will involve readings by Cairns poets David J

Delaney and Diane Andrews, and commissioned Hobart-based poet Graeme Miles.

Sea Things is a scheme that aims to build on Australia's maritime poetry tradition in a

contemporary context, imagining the nation’s sea history through new work that can be shared

nationally and internationally through print, audio, film and web forms.

“Cairns’s response to the call-out for poems and stories since the duffle bag arrived from

Brisbane a week ago has been fantastic, and all those works will be a special part of what we

are calling the ‘Big Revelation’ on Thursday Island,” said Johanna Featherstone, the Artistic

Director of not-for profit firm, The Red Room Company.

“The contents are being kept secret to all, so 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.”

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.

What:   Poetry readings to mark the departure of the Sea Things Duffle Bag. Time: 11am

When:  Friday, 13 November. Where: Wharf 8, Trinity Wharf, Cairns

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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