Poetry springs up in the gardens this September

Hannah Francis It stands some 30 metres tall in the middle of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the precious cavities in its trunk home to cockatoos and other native birds. Few would realise this river red gum is older than the gardens themselves, or that it was once much nearer the Yarra River – before white settlers diverted it in order to build the gardens. SHARE Share on Facebook SHARE Share on Twitter TWEET Link Ryan Prehn and the remnant river red gum, which could be up to 300 years old, according to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Photo: Eddie Jim "There is a story to tell from the tree’s perspective," says Ryan Prehn. He’s one of 10 Victorian poets whose poems will appear around the gardens and on the sides of city trams for the New Shoots program, part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, which opens on Friday. SHARE Share on Facebook SHARE Share on Twitter TWEET Link Poets Ryan Prehn and Maria Takolander. Photo: Eddie Jim Each of them was invited to respond to a particular plant or area in the gardens. Prehn, whose heritage is from the Worimi people of NSW, says the project helped him reconnect to […]

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