Poetry in First Languages founder, Kirli Saunders attended the National Indigenous Languages Convention,  Feb 23, 2018 to explore technology and innovation in language conservation.

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(c) Tad Souden for Red Room Poetry 2018

Poetry in First Languages 2019

Delivered by Red Room Poetry and developed by Gunai poet Kirli Saunders, the Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) project celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry, music, dance and art.

PIFL supports First Nations students in creating poetry in first languages by connecting them to First Nations poets, Elders and Language Custodians on country. Our aim is to strengthen connections of First Nations students to country, language and community to empower pride in their cultural identities resulting in enhanced wellbeing.

In 2019, 35 PIFL workshops will be delivered on Arrernte, Gundungurra, Dharawal, Gumea Dharawal, Barkindji, Bundjalung, Ngunawal, Gadigal and Yugembeh Countries (NT, NSW, QLD + ACT). Red Room Poetry be publishing the poems from the workshops on our website and in public art installations. They’ll also be cultivating a Poetry in First Languages Anthology for release in 2020.

Check out the oucomes from PIFL 2018, published on bus backs, trains and public installations.

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(c) Tad Souden for Red Room Poetry 2019