Women’s voices on family violence heard through Poetry Corners project in Clayton

 08 March 2018

Poetry Corners

An innovative interactive poetry project at Clayton Community Centre is showcasing the powerful words of women affected by family and gender-based violence.

Poetry Corners [Monash] features the poetry of 20 Clayton Women and is performed by women, men and children of diverse backgrounds.

Mayor Paul Klisaris said this project was a powerful way to address violence against women and children and the devastating impact it has on the individual, families and the community.

“Poetry Corners invites people to see, hear and discuss the experiences of family violence as a community issue, not just something that happens to other people,” Cr Klisaris said.

“We welcome these types interactive art projects in Monash and addressing violence against women and children is of huge importance, to me personally, as well as to our community.

“I invite you to engage with Poetry Corners in Clayton, either in person or online.”

People can take the Poetry Corners Walk and see 18 excerpts of the poems printed on decals placed around the Clayton Precinct. The poems are also available on audio and there’s an online interactive map (pdf, 1MB) or a printed version available from Clayton Library.

The project, created in support of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign in November 2017 by Some Kind of Squirrel Productions, was funded through LLCL Research Grant Incubation Scheme, awarded by the Monash University’s Faculty of Arts in partnership with City of Monash and My Place: My Story, a short story competition for emerging writers of all ages in Monash.

To access the audio poems and interactive map go to:poetrycornersproject.weebly.com 

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