Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. She is a children’s author, poet, emerging playwright and motorcyclist. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Aboriginal Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a National NAIDOC award in 2018. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her book The Incredible Freedom Machines was selected for Bologna Book Fair in 2018, it is to be published in French and English by Scholastic in 2019. Kirli’s other forthcoming picture books include Our Dreaming and Happy Every After (Scholastic). Her poetry collection, Kindred will be released in 2019 (Magabala Books). Kirli was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize 2018 and Highly Commended in Black&Write 2018. Her poetry has been published by a number of journals (The PlantHunter, Cordite, Overland and Red Room Poetry) and commissioned for public art in Darling Harbour and Melbourne. She was writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust 2017/18. She was also writer in residence at The Literature Centre, Fremantle this year where she performed The Incredible Freedom Machines with Matt Ottley and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra. She will return in 2019 to perform with The Literature Centre, in rural WA, Coco’s Island and Christmas Island.
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