The School

Shoalhaven University of the Third Age (Shoalhaven U3A) is part of an international movement which promotes and practices lifelong learning by providing low cost educational opportunities for retired people in a relaxed and informal environment. No prior educational qualifications are required; no degrees are awarded.

The Project

The Eucalyptus Eco-Poetry Project (EEPP) is a 'branch' of New Shoots created in collaboration with Bundanon and Eucalypt Australia. The project invites poets and students to emotionally and creatively connect with eucalyptus through a poetic lens. By uncovering the hidden stories and secrets of the iconic green giants we often take for granted, the EEPP enriches understanding of eucalypts at Bundanon Trust and beyond.

On 28 March, students from Shoalhaven High School spent the day with poet-in-residence Kirli Saunders. Kirli worked with Bundanon’s environment and education teams to deliver eucalypt-inspired poetry workshops that creatively connect students with country and culture.

This project is the educational branch of New Shoots - Poetry inspired by plants.

The Poet

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Yuin woman with ties to the Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded 'Worker of the Year 2017' at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region. Her first children’s picture book ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’, illustrated by Matt Ottley is to be released in early 2018. Her second picture book 'Our Dreaming' will be released shortly after. Kirli’s work has been published in the Huffington Post Australia. She was poet in residence at Bundanon Trust for the New Shoots project in 2017. Kirli’s work has also been comissioned for Reconciliation Week Keep Cups and a range of Poetic Learning workshops at Red Room Poetry.