Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 1.18.04 pm


Kirli’s debut children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley follows a young girl as she adventures with her newly unearthed freedom machine.  It has been selected for Bologna Book Fair 2018 where it will be presented for translation into other languages.

Her second picture book Our Dreaming, illustrated by Dub Leffler will be released by Scholastic in July 2019. This book shares the Yuin and Gundungurra Dreamings as were told to Kirli by her Elders.

Happy Ever After tells the haunting story of Kirli’s Mother’s removal from her Yuin country in the early 1970s. It will be available in February 2020.

Kirli will be writer in residence at Fremantle Writers Centre for the ‘Sound of Picture Books’ and at Bundanon Trust in 2018.

Order The Incredible Freedom Machines:

Book Kirli for workshop, performance or school visit.


The Sound of Picture Books

From September 3-7, 2018, Kirli will be Writer in Residence at the Fremantle Literature Centre for The Sound of Picture Books‘ The Incredible Freedom Machines multimodal performances with Matt Ottley and the Perth Symphony Orchestra.

All performances are tailored to the age groups attending and feature WASO’s superb string quintet, Yamaha’s Alf Demasi, Kirli’s story narration and Matt Ottley’s illustrations shown on a large screen.  Matt also demonstrates his illustration and composition techniques.  Audiences of all ages will be captivated!

Sessions will fill fast so book early to secure your date and time preference.  Contact The Literature Centre – phone 08 9430 6869 or email info@thelitcentre.org.au. 


Kirli & Matt Ottley at the IBBY International Children’s Book Day celebrations


Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 1.14.05 pm


Kirli was poet in residence at Bundanon Trust for the Red Room Poetry New Shoots project in 2017. Kirli’s work has also been commissioned for Reconciliation Week Keep Cups, for permanent installation at Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria and for the Tumbalong Gatherers Project. In 2018, Kirli was poet in Residence at Q Station. During this residency, she delivered professional development for the English Teachers Association (ETA NSW). Kirli’s poem ‘A Dance of Hands’ was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize. Her poetry, features in Cordite issues 86 & 87. Her first Poetry Collection, Kindred, was Highly Commended in the 2017 Black&Write! Prize and will be published by Magabala in 2019.

Kirli’s has led a range of Red Room Poetry Poetic Learning workshops, performances and presentations in a number of public schools and educational communities with a range of partners across Australia.

Kirli leads the Poetry in First Languages project at Red Room Poetry, conserving and celebrating First Nations languages and culture with creatives, Elders and Custodians on Country.

Book a workshop with Red Room Poetry. Find more of Kirli’s poetry on Instagram @wirlibirds_words


Dead Horse Gap is an original story set in a fictional NSW south coast town in the uneasy settlement period between 1850 and 1880. The performance will combine music, projections, movement, text and lighting to create a quirky noir western atmosphere, surreal landscape, bizarre characters and the poetic iconography of the hero’s fatal journey into wilderness. This a new theatre work is co-produced by Tathra-based company Crimson Rosella in partnership with Merrigong Theatre Company in Wollongong. Along with co-creators are Lindy Hume, Leland Kean (co-directing) and Candelo-based musician/songwriter Heath Cullen, Kirli will join a creative team as that is made up of some of the country’s finest theatre artists including digital artist Mic Gruchy, novelist Rohan Wilson, designer Katja Handt and lighting designer Damien Cooper as a co-writer.