Remote poetry in Stradbroke

By Arji Manuelpillai

Poet Arji Manuelpillai has been running a remote poetry residency in Stradbroke, inviting local residents to select an image from the Stradbroke Village Archive and then creating a poem in response to their conversation about the image.

One person chose an image of the Stradbroke Cell Book 1908 – 1911, which in turn sparked a fascinating conversation about the local constabulary and the following poem, Back in 1968, performed here by Arji.

Another resident chose the image of Duncan Goodhew, opening the swimming pool – and here’s Arji’s poem, Ode to Stradbroke Swimming Pool.

Our third participant chose a document rather than an image, relating to the consecration of Stradbroke cemetery, and here’s the resulting poem.

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