Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)

Day 1 Concurrent Sessions & Workshops

Luka Lesson



9.00 – 10.30

Creativity, Wellbeing and Classroom Engagement

Keynote Presentation and Onstage Interview


Yearning to be Heard


As a successful poet and educator Luka Lesson will be sharing his experience in working with young people from various backgrounds throughout the world. As a Greek-Australian artist, Luka's life has been marked by moments that have informed the unique way in which he is able to engage young people and help them write their own stories. Using a form often yawned at by students, Luka has seen a renaissance of poetry when aligned with 'spoken word', 'slam poetry' and of course, rap, in his classrooms. Luka has been able to witness self-reflection and learning in a number of different contexts first hand, through simple yet deep connections with students who are yearning to be heard, or unknowingly suppressing creativity. With their permission, Luka will share excerpts from poetry written by students he has worked with, give examples of how poetry has shifted class paradigms and personal journeys and, of course, perform some of his own award winning work.


About Luka


With two years of international touring, 11 Writers' Festivals, 7 years of school workshop experience and almost ten years of writing under his belt, Luka 'Lesson' Haralampou has written commissions and performed for the likes of The Nuyorican Poets' Cafe (NYC), The National Gallery of Victoria, Trinity International Hip-hop Festival and China's most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan at Beijing University. His experience ranges from teaching Indigenous Studies at Monash University, coordinating inter-cultural symposia and forums, as well as facilitating hundreds of hip-hop and poetry workshops with young people from a variety of schools in Australia and overseas. His first book, The Future Ancients, is a collection of his slam poetry pieces and rap verses produced as a testament to the poetic nature of young storytelling.