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, QLD and Victorian Premier’s Literary, ABIAs, Kate Challis RAKA, ABDA, Speech pathology and CBCA awards. Her work is published in anthologies and public art. She has 8 forthcoming titles.

Kirli’s art has been exhibited in Shoalhaven and Wollongong Galleries and commissioned for public art across a range of sectors. With the support of Australia Council for the Arts, Kirli will hold her first solo poetic arts exhibition Returning at the SHAC Gallery in 2021. Her 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, and has been an esteemed Judge for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

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.