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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 also acts as Cultural Consultant for NFP and Government organisations. Kirli was awarded 'Worker of the Year 2017' at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region. She founded the Poetry in First languages Project. Her first children’s picture book ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’, illustrated by Matt Ottley is to be released by Scholastic in May 2018, it has been selected for Bologna Book Fair 2018. Her second picture book 'Our Dreaming' will be released shortly after. Kirli’s work has been published in the Huffington Post Australia. She was poet in residence at Bundanon Trust for the New Shoots project in 2017. Kirli’s work has also been commissioned for Reconciliation Week Keep Cups and a range of Poetic Learning workshops at Red Room Poetry. In 2018, Kirli will be writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for 'The Sound of Picture Books'.