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Illawarra Multicultural Services employ specialised staff to provide a range of programs and projects to meet the needs of new arrivals and culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, families and communities who are socially and/or financially disadvantaged with low English language proficiency.

The Project

Illawarra Multicultural Services and Red Room Poetry invite you to celebrate Refugee Week 2017  

When: 6:00pm-8:30pm, Friday 23 June 2017 

Where: Project Contemporary Artspace, 255 Keira Street Wollongong 

Join us for an exhibition of Art & Poetry created by students from refugee backgrounds from Keira High School, Wollongong High School,Wollongong Public School and Wollongong West Public School. Street art murals will be unveiled and original poems will be shared. Light refreshments will be served. 

Tickets are free. 

Please register your attendance with Emily at: eglenn@ims.org.au

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.