resources + podcasts

Copyright Agency Reading Australia

Reading Australia began as a list of 200 books chosen by a panel from the Australian Society of Authors to celebrate the work of our leading writers and illustrators in telling the Australian story. Now the list has expanded to include a further 70 titles, covering all genres and periods of Australia’s literary history. Access the teacher resource now.

Bindi Resource Stage 2-3

With thanks to NSW DOE for this detailed Bindi resource. Download your copy here.

State Library Victoria – Story Talks, Victoria

Tune in as Kirli Saunders chats about her new book Bindi and teaches us how to celebrate and take care of Country. Find out More

Melbourne Writers Festival

Two writers. Two scientists.

One evening of creative collaboration.

Join poets Raelee Lancaster and Kirli Saunders, and scientists Krystal De Napoli and Karlie Noon, as they use each other’s discipline as a source of inspiration and offer up creative, genre-defying responses born from where science and art collide. Hosted by Susie Anderson. Supported by the Science Gallery Melbourne, the University of Melbourne


Join award-winning Gunai Author and Poet, Kirli Saunders for Red Room Poetry’s short digital workshop on poetic devices. Develop your writing skills and create poetry to enter into the Red Room Poetry Object Competition! Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people and their teachers. Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting poems inspired by treasured, curious, everyday, extraordinary, interplanetary, or talismanic objects.  Delivered via DART, in partnership with NSW DOE and Red Room Poetry. Students in Years K-6 will sharpen skills in creative writing by developing a range of poetic techniques including alliteration, imagery, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia and simile. Find out more about Poetry Object and to submit your poemsAccess Curriculum Aligned Teacher Resources

and videos created by Red Room Poetry and ClickView.

Everyone’s An Author

Everyone’s an Author is a creative digital writing program featuring ten great Aussie authors!

Suited to Stages 1-4 with a focus on English, each chapter of the program features:

  • A short author video with tips on an aspect of writing
  • A downloadable and free Learning Journal for students covering that aspect of digital writing

By the end of the program, students will have completed a Learning Journal covering ten aspects of digital writing from experts.

Learning Journal – Pages (iOS/MacOS)

Learning Journal  – PDF (other)

Video for student classroom access.

COVID 19 Digital Learning Package: The Incredible Freedom Machines

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In Partnership with NSW Department of Education, watch Kirli Saunders, NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year 2020, proud Gunai woman and award-winning international children’s author and poet read her story The Incredible Freedom Machines. After listening, complete a differentiated learning activity at home, based on the story.

Narragunnawali Webinar for Teachers

This webinar provides an introduction to the context and continued significance of First Languages in Australia, and explores the important interrelationship between First Languages revitalisation and reconciliation. Guest webinar co-host, Gunai author, poet and educator, Kirli Saunders, also joins Narragunnawali’s Stephanie Woerde to share practical insights and inspiration from Red Room Poetry’s Poetry in First Languages initiative. Watch now.

Building on the First Languages, Education and Reconciliation webinar, this webinar represents the second in a series to commemorate the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages  Kirli Saunders, joins Narragunnawali’s Stephanie Woerde to discuss key questions and considerations pertaining to the preparation and evaluation of culturally responsive First Languages resources/activities. Watch now.


THE GARRET podcast

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.

Age Against The Machine

Growing older can be daunting. And for many women in particular, it can be downright terrifying. Kirli Saunders and her mum Joyce join Melissa Doyle (SunriseSunday Night) for Age Against The Machine episode 4.

ARNA 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.