Wingecarribee Shire Council
Poetry in First Languages, 2017
Wingecarribee Shire is the local government area of the Southern Highlands. Wingecarribee Shire covers an area of 2700 square kilometres. The Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Rivers flow through the West of the Shire, through deep sandstone valleys and much of this area forms part of the catchment for Warragamba Dam.
Working with Gundungurra language custodians, Kirli Saunders will lead free poetic language workshops with out of home care students in the local community on the 29th of November at Wingecarribee's Aboriginal Community Cultural Centre in Mittagong. Students will explore connection to country, culutre and language in a range of poetic ways.
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.