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The School

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 and an award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and emerging Artist. She created and led Red Room Poetry's Poetry in First Languages program from its conception until July 2020. 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). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

 

Reflections

Taking a dream from conception to delivery – Poetry in First Languages – Kirli Saunders