- , Created by The Red Room Company, NEW SHOOTS, is a poetic partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park and Bundanon Trust
Follow the 'poetic pathways' through the Garden to find twelve site specific poems by our three poets-in-residence: Eric Avery, Eileen Chong and Mark Treddenick.
Open the map on the left to start your poetic journey around the Garden. At each site you will find a collection of creative objects – a poem, images, stories and music. Please note that the map points are approximate.
Eric Avery is from the Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Gumbangirri and Bundjalung people of NSW. Eric’s practice as an Indigenous Interdisciplinary Artist is based in his Dance and Music. Believing in the strength of his people’s art Eric aims to revitalise aboriginal language in his practice.
Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet. Burning Rice (Australian Poetry, 2012) was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award, Australian Arts in Asia Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her other books are Peony (Pitt Street Poetry, 2014) and Painting Red Orchids (Pitt Street Poetry, 2016).
Mark Tredinnick—whose many books include Almost Everything I Know, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book—is an celebrated poet, essayist, and writing teacher.
You’re invited to share your plant-inspired poem with us.
To continue growing the poetic garden, a New Shoots interactive platform is being developed to nurture botanical poems. You can contribute your plant-themed poetry to share.
All poetry will appear on this branch of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney website. You will receive an email when your poetry is published.
Learn more about the New Shoots poets - their biographies, works, and upcoming readings.
Read and listen to some of the poems along the "poetic pathways" in the Garden.
Creative learning resources will be available to support ongoing poetic workshops at the Garden.
The New Shoots Poetry Anthology collects a garden of poems that has rambled and blossomed since first being planted in 2016.
To commemorate the poets and the plants, fields and forests that inspired them, the New Shoots Poetry Anthology gathers 163 poems from 105 poets. Embedded in the roots of language, the word ‘anthology’ literally means ‘a gathering of flowers’, the first literary usage of the word dating back to late ninth century Greece. In every sense, the New Shoots Anthology can be seen as something of a bouquet, arranged with an assortment of poetic blooms in all colours, moods and shapes.