Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning multidisciplinary creator and consultant. An experienced speaker and facilitator advocating for the environment, gender and racial equality, and LGBTIQA+ rights, Kirli was the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year (2020).

Kirli’s books, The Incredible Freedom Machines (2018, Scholastic), Kindred (2019, Magabala) and Bindi (2020, Magabala) have been celebrated by the Prime Minister’s, QLD, WA & Victorian Premier’s Literary, Adelaide Festival, ABIAs, Kate Challis RAKA, Speech Pathology, ABDA and CBCA awards. Her work is published in anthologies and public art. She has 7 forthcoming titles, including Returning, a visual poetry collection following her solo exhibition with the same title.

Kirli’s first Solo play, Going Home has been commissioned by Playwriting Australia and will take the stage in 2022. Kirli is a board member for Merrigong Theatre.

In 2022, you will find Kirli at Melbourne Writers Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Little Scribe & Blak & Bright.

Original poem ‘Tidal’ © Kirli Saunders 2021 performed at Sydney Opera House, on Gadigal lands for Visions of Us – an electric evening to speak and sing in change, heartily created, by Jack River, featuring Kirli Saunders, Grace Tame, Brooke Boney, Budjerah, Isabella Manfredi, Annie Hamilton and Maya Cumming.
I pay my respects and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians, past and present of the lands, seas and skies. I honour their continuous connection to country, kin and culture. With gratitude, I move on these lands with care.