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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

REFUGEE WEEK - WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE 2017

Where: Town Hall, Wollongong NSW. 
When: Wednesday, 21 June 2017. 9:00AM-5:00PM - Readings from 11:30AM-12:00PM

Red Room Poetry have partnered with Illawarra Multicultural Services to celebrate REFUGEE WEEK 2017.

Join 120 local primary and high secondary school students from refugee backgrounds as they share poems inspired by their most treasured objects. Poems from the Red Room Poetry, Poetry Object workshops at Wollongong West PS, Wollongong PS, Keira HS and Wollongong HS will be installed at Town Hall, Wollongong. 

Come along to hear the students read their original poems and to see the poetic installation for Refugee Week 2017.

For more information, email Emily at Illawarra Multicultural Services: 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.