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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. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley has been selected for Bologna Book Fair 2018. Her second picture book Our Dreaming will be released by Scholastic in 2019. Kirli's poem 'A Dance of Hands' was Runner-up in the 2017 Nakata Brophy Prize. Her poem, 'Disconnection' will feature in Cordite issue 86. In 2018, Kirli will be Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for 'The Sound of Picture Books'.