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The English Teachers Association of NSW is a professional association of teachers committed to stimulating teaching and learning in English. We seek to present examples of best practice in the profession to promote rich learning experiences for teachers and students.

The Project

On the 17th April, Kirli Saunders, Writer in Residence at Q Station delivered NESA Accredited Professional Development session for the NSW ETA participants. During these sessions, Kirli guided teachers to respond to the local landscape, history and curious objects through The Disappearing and Poetry Object. They then created units applicable to their own school contexts and contributed poems written to a NSW ETA Q Station zine. 

The Poet

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman, with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. She currently resides on Dharawal Country. Kirli is an international children’s author, poet and emerging playwright. She manages Poetry in First Languages and Poetic Learning at Red Room Poetry. Her picture books include CBCA nominated and internationally published, The Incredible Freedom Machines (Scholastic) and forthcoming, Our Dreaming and Happy Every After (Scholastic) and Afloat (Hardie Grant). Her poetry Collection, Kindred was Highly Commended in Black&Write 2018. She was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize 2018. Her poetry has been published by a number of journals (Cordite, Overland, Planthunter) and commissioned for public art. She is co-writing her first play, Dead Horse Gap. 

In 2019, you can find Kirli at NT Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Enough Said and Word in Hand. She returns as writer in residence at The Literature Centre, Fremantle this year where she will perform The Incredible Freedom Machines with Matt Ottley and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra in rural WA, at Coco’s Island and Christmas Island.