Young poets exhibit

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Shell Cove Public School student Thomas Acers features in The Red Room Poetry Object exhibition at the Big Fat Smile Gallery in Corimal. Picture: Robert Peet Thomas Acers isa talented rugby league player buthis parents‘’worried’’about his lack of interest in school work.

TheAcers were surprised then tolearntheir eight-year-old son had entered a free national poetrycompetition.

Surprise turned to jubilation when the Shell Cove Public School student’spoem‘Totem Cup’ was highly commended and included in theRed Room Poetry Object exhibition.

Thomas and his parentswere at The Gallery @ Big Fat Smile in Corrimal on Thursday whenThe Red Room Company artistic director Tamryn Bennett officially launched the exhibition.

‘’We didn’t know Thomas had this creative side. We thought he was having us on. Today is a great day,’’ Ryan Acers said.

Dr Bennett added thatover 3000 students and teachers from around the country had entered the poetry competition.

All poems submitted to the Poetry Object competition are published in the Poetry Object Library.

An exhibition of winning and commended poems will be on display at the Big Fat Smile Gallery until December 12.

‘’People are invited to come in, interact, read the poems andcelebrate other Illawarra-based poets because there is a special branch of their poems. There is also interactive activities,’’ Dr Bennett said.

EXHIBITION: Big Fat Smile chief creative officer Jennine Primmer and The Red Room Company artistic director Dr Tamryn Bennett launch the exhibition at the Corrimal gallery on November 17. Picture: Rob Peet

‘’This [exhibition] is another way to engage people with literature and literacy, especially for young children.’’

Big Fat Smile chief creative officerJennine Primmer said it was pleasing The Red Room Company had chosen to have their exhibition atthe Corrimal gallery.

‘’We already have a partnership because our two organisations have a similar philosophy in terms of creative education for kids,’’Ms Primmer said.

‘’On their side it is professional writers and poets with children and on our side it is visual artists and musicians with children.’’

Now in its sixth year, Poetry Object has connected over 300 school communities and published more than 7000 student and teacher poems.

Excerpts of winning and highly commended works from the poetrycompetition will feature on trains throughout the Transport NSW network and regionally in REX in-flight magazines.

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