I had a wonderful trip overseas during April and May. It now seems like a long time ago but images of Sri Lanka and Ireland do flit through my mind, refreshing me during this Sydney Winter. Whilst I was away the work of BYDS in community continued unabated with Kevin, Felix, Vyvienne, Craig, Bilal and Zainab all doing great things in their respective projects. Of particular note was Bankstown Poetry Slam who ran their Real Talk program with nine high schools. The Real Talk finale was something wonderful to be involved in and made me realise yet again why BPS is so important. Thanks to the Scanlon social cohesion fund for making that program happen again in 2017.
Tim Carroll, Director
Slamming Up a Storm
The Bankstown Poetry Slam has been non-stop for the last few months. BPS initiated three successful Sydney Writers’ Festival events in Bankstown, Parramatta and the Wharf. The slam continues to grow, expanding its reach and influence. BYDS is extremely proud to be supporting and underpinning what is now clearly one of Australia’s most creative cultural entities. The importance of the BPS cannot be overstated.
A perfect example is the Real Talk finale that again went off! Over 100 students from nine Sydney high schools from all corners of Sydney, battled for the main prize. Five weeks of intense workshops run by Alice Tame, Bilal Hafda, Yasmine Lewis and Chanee Mkhayber. Many thanks goes to the Scanlon foundation for funding the program.
Thanks to judges: Oculi photographer, George Voulgaropoulos, Richard Short from the Sydney Story Factory, poets; Gloria Demilo, Emily Crocker, Zach Janus and Federal Member for Watson, Tony Bourke MP. Congratulations to everyone concerned for another fantastic program and special shout-outs to the winners: St Ives high school.
Root and Branch Exhibition II
BYDS were extremely happy to host our second Root and Branch exhibition here at the Bankstown Arts Centre on June 27th. After 10 weeks of workshops in script writing, narrative poetry and exploring emotion through musical techniques with Bankstown Girls High and Bankstown Public school, the student’s work was beautifully showcased. The morning was spent enjoying performances of poetry and the reading of scripts, devised by students, performed by professional performers. A small group of Bankstown Girls performed their own poetry. The quality and delivery of the work engendered a true sense of astonishment in all of the audience.
Intermission was a chance for the audience to listen to recorded work and watch projected poetry created by Bankstown Girls. We are so proud of all the art that has been created and look forward to continuing this project in partnership with Sydney Story Factory, in term 3. Thanks to facilitators, Felix Cross, Zainab Kadhim and Bilal Hafda and all of the great Sydney Story Factory tutors.