Join Kirli and Astrid for The Garret, Writers on Writing, Kirli explores her award winning verse novel, Bindi, celebrated, Kindred and her creative process. Listen Now.
ARNA Talks to Kirli Saunders a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and Artist. She created Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). Kirli is an esteemed judge for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and Val Vallis Award. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. Her next book, Bindi (Magabala) will be available in October. Listen now.
Merrigong X Podcast
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman, award-winning international children’s author and poet as well as a teacher. She leads Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred, was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). This year Kirli is an esteemed judge for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Val Vallis Award, 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year and a member of Merrigong Theatre Company’s board.
Kirli will develop her first full length play, Going Home (working title), a story told in two parts, across two timelines and two First Nations lands, set in the regional communities of the south coast of NSW. It explores the healing of intergenerational trauma confronting our Nation’s History and our collective future. Told through a mix of prose, poetry and First Nations language, the work is for a large cast of First Nations performers across a wide age range.
Playwriting Australia has selected this project for their Ignition Script Development program and is one of just seven successful applicants.
Listen to our MERRIGONGX Conversations podcast to hear our Artistic Development Manager Leland Kean chat to Kirli Saunders about her artistic career and process.
Tom Hogan & Elana Stone investigate how, why, and what it means to tell an Australian Colonial story, in preparation for their tragi-comedy musical, Mount Hopeless, based on Burke & Wills. This podcast was made in conjuction with the Merrigong Theatre Company, Wollongong and features playwright and cultural consultant, Kirli Saunders. Listen now.
So You Want To Be a Writer Podcast
In Episode 306, you’ll Meet Kirli Saunders, Celebrated International Children’s Author, poet and teacher and join her in an exploration of her creative process, and her unorthodox journey into publishing her debut picture book, The Incredible Freedom Machines. Listen now.
Tiddas 4 Tiddas
Storytelling is fundamental to First Nations people. It plays a big part in the handing-down of culture from generation to generation.
Gunai woman Kirli Saunders embodies the tradition of storytelling. She is an award-winning children’s book author, poet, artist and manager of the ground-breaking Poetry in First Languages program at Red Room Poetry.
Kirli joins Marlee to share how she wants to make poetry visible, meaningful, and part of everyday life, especially for the youngest members of First Nations cultures.
Race Matters Podcast Episode 49
Ahead of Blak Matriarchies, a panel as part of All About Women at the Sydney Opera House, Gunai woman Kirli Saunders joins Sara Khan to chat about the power of Language, Blak ownership and empowering First Nations youth with her program Poetry in First Languages.