David Hallett


“David Hallett has presented lectures to HSC students on Skrzynecki, Dickinson and Plath.
The students were completely engaged by the presentations. Mr Hallett’s style reflects a
poet’s insights and a thorough knowledge of the material concerned. His work was supported by detailed notes”.

Emmanuel Anglican College, Ballina

“David Hallett’s timely and informative overview of Wilfred Owen’s poetry was a great revision for Year 12 students.”

Grafton High School

“With the new syllabus placing so much
emphasis on the context of the poet, and how the texts have been valued over time, David
Hallett’s presentation provides valuable
insight and revision”.

Broken Hill High School

“A comprehensive overview of the central concepts of each poet (Plath, Donne and Owen) with particular reference to key poems set for study Personal insights assisted students in forming their own opinions and perceptions with regard to themes, language and contextual relevance of set texts”.

Maclean High School

David Hallett

HSC Poetry Masterclasses


One of Australia’s premier performance poets, David has been developing and presenting school
performance productions for nearly two decades. Twice winner of the Poetry Olympics at the Sydney Writers Festival, winner of the Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize, Nimbin Poetry World Cup and Woodford Story Award, David has travelled with his poetry from outback tours to the Sydney Opera House to the beat cafes
of New York.


David presents a series of masterclasses to introduce and review specific HSC poets. In each study class he recites three of the selected texts, then gives a presentation on the poet under the relevant subject (eg Belonging, Close Study of Text, etc), followed by a dissection of the selected poems. Study notes are available for the students at the conclusion of the class.

1. Wilfred Owen.
Close Study of Text. Selected poems: Dulce et Decorem Est, Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility.
2. Sylvia Plath.
After the Bomb. Selected poems: Daddy, Lady Lazarus, Fever 103, The Applicant.
3. John Donne / Margaret Edson.
Comparative Study of Texts and Content. Selected poems: Death be not proud, A valediction: forbidding mourning, Hyme to God, my God, in my sicknesse.
Years 11 – 12
60 minutes
$5.00 + 50c GST
$550 ($500+$50 gst if less than 100 students)