I used to think that people who toted around Moleskine notebooks were pretentious toffs. The kind of people who were self-centered enough to believe that their amazing, original, creative, inspired thoughts only deserved to be recorded in an expensive leather-bound notebook when a $1 spiral pad would do just as well.
Confession: I am now a Moleskine carrier. In my defence (a) I was given it as a leaving gift from my last job (hence it has a TV broadcaster’s logo emblazoned the cover); and (b) sometimes I do so much stuff in a day that I simply can’t remember where I’ve been or what I’ve done unless I write it down somewhere that is less ephemeral than a Woolies shopping docket.
Plus you never know what interesting things you’ll discover around the corner. Or in this case, behind a toilet door at Cinema Nova.
The Red Room Company is a not-for-profit company aiming to ‘create, promote and publish a spectrum of poetry by Australian writers, in unusual ways.’ Their poetry education program ‘Papercuts‘ is held in conjuction with various schools in Victoria and NSW and it aims to transform the way poetry is taught and experienced in Australian schools.
How do I know this? Because in the ladies’ loo at Cinema Nova a particularly charming poem called Limone by a Year 10 student caught my eye and I spent a good 10 minutes in the cubicle copying it down in my Moleskine which happened to be in my handbag. The poem is part of Fitzroy High School’s Toilet Doors poetry series and you can find other toilet cubicle poems around the neighbourhood at Dench Bakers, 3RRR, Tin Pot and The Green Grocer.