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(c) 2018, Tad Souden for Red Room poetry

Kirli was awarded a NSW Department of Education Scholarship in 2008, after graduating with Honours in Primary Education at UOW, she was permanently appointed to a classroom teacher position at Fairy Meadow Demonstration School in 2013. At Fairy Meadow, Kirli was an active member of the Aboriginal Education Committee, Mathematics committee and a PSSA coach for soccer and hockey. 2016 saw Kirli work predominantly as a Senior Education Officer (SEO) for the NSW Department of Education. As a SEO she worked closely with NSW public schools and Aboriginal not-for-profit groups including AIME and Pathways to Dreaming as well as with Universities around the country to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to teach in NSW public schools. Kirli was an interviewer for Aboriginal Teacher Scholarships in 2015 and 2016. She also developed and lead extensive NESA accredited professional learning in this role for teachers and pre-service teachers. Kirli similarly created and delivered Aboriginal Cultural Understanding resources and professional development sessions for the Human Resources team at NSW Department of Education.

Kirli has lead creative writing workshops independently and for Red Room Poetry in a number of preschools, public schools and educational communities. Throughout the last year, she has worked predominantly with students of refugee backgrounds and First Nations students to encourage self-expression and meaningful literacy learning. Her largest workshop was a virtual collaboration with the NSW Premiers Reading Challenge Indigenous Story Telling that reached 10, 200 students. She has also delivered creative learning workshops with Reconciliation Council NSW, Royal Botanical Gardens NSW and Victoria and the Stella Prize for Girls Write Up.

Since April 2017, as the Manager of Poetic Learning at  Red Room Poetry and an independent teaching artist, Kirli has coordinated 700+ workshops for over 30,000 students in 600+ education settings including early childhood centers, schools, correctional centers and juvenile justice centers across Australia and NZ. She has also provided extensive professional development to teachers through AATE, ACTATE, ETA, PETA, PULLIMA and Reconciliation Australia.

As the First Nations Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry Kirli has created a Reconciliation Action Plan. She has also implemented Acknowledgment of Country practices across the company as well as ‘Gadigal Word of the Week’ to share and celebrate First Languages. She founded Poetry  in First Languages, supporting hundreds of First Nations students to engage with First Nations Languages  in NSW, QLD, ACT and NT.

Contact Kirli to find out more.

Past Poetry Workshops


Poetry Workshops/ Readings:

  • Kangaroo Valley Public School
  • PIFL Gundungurra @ Bowral Public School, Moss Vale High School, Berrima Public School, Aurora Steiner School
  • PIFL Arrernte @ Centralian Secondary College, Yipirinya School
  • Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
  • Royal Botanical Garden, Cranbourne
  • Coreen School
  • International Grammar School
  • Newington School
  • Creativity Camps, Merrigong Theatre
  • ACTATE conference Keynote + workshops
  • Wingecarribee Reconciliation Council Koori Flag Raising
  • NT Writers Festival – Festival Opening
  • NT Writers Festival – Poet’s Moon Reading
  • NT Writers Festival – Regeneration and Return
  • Enough Said – Book Launch, Kindred
  • Word in Hand – Book Launch, Kindred
  • Queensland Poetry Festival – Book Launch, Kindred
  • PULLIMA Indigenous Languages Conference


Author Workshops/ performances:

  • Keira High School
  •  Berrima Public School
  •  Tiny Totts Early Learning Centre
  •  John Street Early Learning Centre
  •  Shining Stars Early Learning Centre
  • International Womens Day, Shellharbour City Council
  • Stella Prize – Girls Write Up Western Sydney
  • Coniston Public School
  • NT Writers Festival – Story Time for Kids
  • Paint the Town ReAD – Wollongong
  • Austral Public School
  • Litfest creative writing workshops
  • Wonoona Public School
  • Southern Illawarra AECG Writing Festival
  • Corrimal East Public School
  • Colo Vale Public School
  • Chatswood Library



Poetry Workshops/ Readings:

Author Workshops/ performances:
  • Wollongong Writers Festival
  • Narwee Public School
  • Robertson Public School
  • Appin Public School
  • Wollongong West Public School
  • Figtree Public School
  • Kids & YA Festival
  • UOW Discovery Centre
  • Storybox Library filming
  • Terara Public School
  • Waniora Public School
  • Corrimal High School
  • Jervis Bay Public School
  • Nowra Public School
  • St Michaels Primary School
  • Bomaderry Public School
  • Nowra East Public School
  • Cedars Christian College
  • Figtree High School
  • Wollongong High School
  • Jerry Bailey Preschool (Shoalhaven)
  • Kids Uni CBD campus
  • Kids Uni South campus
  • Kids Uni North campus
  • Smith Street Children’s Centre
  • Home School Groups (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Winthrop Primary School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Fremantle Primary School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Perth Waldorf School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Foundation Christian College (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Beaconsfield PS – Rottnest Island Campus (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • East Fremantle Primary School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Central Midlands SHS (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Kerry Street Community School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Richmond Primary School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Guildford Grammar (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Nedlands Primary School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • St Marks Anglican School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Churchlands Senior High School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Woodlands Primary School (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Our Lady Of Good Counsel (The Sound of Picture Books)
  • Emmanuel Christian Community College (The Sound of Picture Books)