The School of Hard Knocks partnership

Written by Sam Summers.

We are excited to announce that The School of Hard Knocks Creative Writing group sessions will be held in kuril dhagun throughout 2017, continuing their partnership with SLQ.

The School of Hard Knocks was first established to help combat social and economic challenges that disadvantaged Australians face now and into the future. The programs run by The School of Hard Knocks are designed to help prevent people from feeling excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged through a teaching methodology that aims to engage, educate and empower its people.

The programs are primarily focused around the arts and well-being activities, with quality mentors and venues sourced to help provide the best possible experience for all participants.

As kuril dhagun will be a workshop venue in 2017, we would love to see more blackfellas participate and strongly encourage anyone in the Indigenous community of Brisbane to get involved with this great initiative. If you are interested in signing up to one of the programs, want to donate to the School of Hard Knocks or would love to volunteer your time, you can find more information here.

In the Christmas wrap up of 2016, the State Library of Queensland hosted the School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) Queensland Christmas Celebration Concert in the Edge. Led by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, the participants showcased their annual celebration of the festive season, sharing with the audience what they had been working on last year. There were performances by each of the four Queensland program groups; The Absolutely Everybody Brisbane Choir, Rhythm of Life Music Theatre Group, Word on the Street creative writing group and the StreetBeat percussion team.


This was a wonderful example of the brilliant work they do and the creative outcomes produced. We are very much looking forward to having the group in our space this year!

We wish the group well as they start their term next week.