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The role of the author and poet in making reading matter

  • 24 Mar 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
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  • For participants who are not current financial members of SLANSW

    * Price includes GST
  • SLANSW members can attend this online meet-up for free

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Presented by Kirli Saunders
Proud Gunai Woman, Kirli Saunders is an award-winning international Children's Author, Poet, Teacher, and emerging Artist.

Fresh from her appearance on the Blak Matriarchies panel as part of the All About Women festival at the Opera House earlier this month, Kirli Saunders will be presenting this online meetup exploring the role of the author and poet in making reading matter.

Kirli comes from a background in primary teaching, with reading recovery and L3 training. She has worked in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary educational settings, as well as behavioural intervention spaces to engage learners in literacy, self-expression and social change. Kirli’s work with Red Room Poetry has enabled indigenous youth to learn language on country, and create poetry as a response to this learning.

About Kirli

Kirli leads Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry. Kirli’s debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Ministers Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was Highly Commended in Black&Write. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize. Kirli was shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Woman of the Year. She was guest writer for the Embassy in Jakarta and Bali (2019) and Beijing (2020). In 2019, Kirli performed at NT Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Enough Said, Word in Hand, PULLiiMA Indigenous Languages Conference and over 60 schools in NSW, WA, and NT. Kirli returned as writer in residence at The Literature Centre, Fremantle this year where she performed The Incredible Freedom Machines with Matt Ottley and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra in rural WA, at Coco’s Island and Christmas Island. Kirli is co-writing her first play, Dead Horse Gap (Merrigong Theatre) and her artwork, Intergenerational Healing – Returning was recently shortlisted for the Shoalhaven Gallery Contemporary NOW Art Prize. She has also exhibited with Curio Gallery.

About SLANSW Online Meet-Ups

The meet-ups are currently not accredited by NESA, but qualify as Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD). The one-hour meet-ups will take place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room and comprise: 

  • 30-minute presentation
  • 15-minute Q&A with the presenter/s 
  • 15-minute facilitated discussion between attendees.

A maximum of 100 places are available for each meet-up, so get your registrations in ASAP.

Participation in SLANSW online meet-ups is at no cost to members.  Non-members may access the meet-ups for $35 per session.

The one-hour meet-up takes place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room. 

Those who register for this event will receive an email within 24 hours before the event, with details to access this online session.

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