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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. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Aboriginal Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a National NAIDOC award in 2018. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley was selected for Bologna Book Fair and is published internationally. Her second picture book Our Dreaming will be released by Scholastic in July 2019, Happy Ever After will follow in February 2020. Kirli’s First Poetry Collection, Kindred is to be released by Magabala in 2019, it was Highly Commended in the 2018 Black&Write! prize. Kirli’s poem ‘A Dance of Hands’ was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize. Kirli’s poetry has been published by Cordite and Overland and has embedded in infrastructure at Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne. In 2018, Kirli will be Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for ‘The Sound of Picture Books’.