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Lotterywest Heritage Conversation: The poetry of Woodbridge

July 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Spend an afternoon with poets Lisa Collyer and Nandi Chinna to hear about their experience as writers in residence at Woodbridge

Spend an afternoon with poets Lisa Collyer and Nandi Chinna to hear about their experience as writers in residence at the National Trust’s Woodbridge.

Steeped more than a century of history, Woodbridge is a house that holds many stories. And it is situated on land that sustained the Whadjuk Noongar people for many thousands of years, known as Mandoon, or Munda’s Country.

Lisa and Nandi were recipients of the 2021 INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative, which allowed both writers to immerse themselves in the environment and to use their surroundings to inspire their words.

Lisa drew on Woodbridge’s history as an Old Women’s Home for some of her writings, seeking to articulate women on their own terms, not just in relation to their families as a mother or wife.

Nandi’s interest in Woodbridge stems from its significant role in the early development of the Swan River colony, in particular the pre-colonial history of the site and how it was lived in, used, and understood by the Whadjuk Noongar people.

This Heritage Conversation will start at 2.00 pm in the Billiards Room where Lisa and Nandi will share some of their writing experiences at Woodbridge and read selected poetry. This will be followed by an afternoon tea on the verandah. For those interested, the house can also be explored until 4.00 pm.

Parking is available in the Governor Stirling Senior High School car park.


If you have any access requirements that we should be aware of, please let us know during the registration process or get in touch with National Trust of Western Australia via phone (08) 9321 6088 or email engagement@ntwa.com.au.


INSPIRE is delivered by the National Trust in partnership with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. By providing residencies at heritage places, being exposed to their collections and multi-layered rich histories, we aim to inspire writers to create works that resonate with our past, connect to the present and imagine the future.

Thank you to Governor Stirling Senior High School for use of its car park.

This event is part of the Western Australian Heritage Festival, supported by Lotterywest.

Photos courtesy The Echo.


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