On Wednesday 8 March, award winning author and poet Steven Herrick visited OLMC. He conducted a Q&A session during lunchtime with our enthusiastic Creative Writing Club and Book Club students in attendance. He regaled them with stories about his life and the challenges he faced as a writer. Many of the students commented how much they appreciated the opportunity to learn from a published author who has had an active career for several decades.

During Lesson 4 all of our Year 7 students participated in an incursion with Steven at the Mercedes Hogan Theatre. He shared excerpts from some of his books, took questions from the audience, and created poems using the names of some of our students. Many students commented afterwards that they did not realise that poetry could be so fun and ‘real’; that it did not need to rhyme and could reflect funny experiences and observations from daily life. The Learning Commons has fielded many requests for his books following the incursion, a sign that it was a very successful and well received event.

The Learning Commons hosts a Creative Writing Club each Tuesday during lunchtime with Ms Morrison and Ms Salamone facilitating the sessions. All interested students are encouraged to come along and get involved.

Anna Apfelstedt
Learning Commons Coordinator