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Kirli Saunders Kirli Saunders i(10329332 works by)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Yuin ; Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Gunai ; Aboriginal Gadigal
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BiographyHistory

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal, and Biripi people. In 2018, she was 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 Nakata Brophy Prize. Her poem 'Disconnection' will feature in Cordite issue 86. In 2018, Kirli was Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle, for 'The Sound of Picture Books'.

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Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 shortlisted Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers for Korrobori
2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups     $38,800 
2018 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Daisy Utemorrah Award for unpublished manuscript 'Mother Speaks'

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Bindi Broome : Magabala Books , 2020 19598297 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She’s not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell.

'A new year starts like normal—school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn’t gone to plan! There’s a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist AND the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen!

'Bindi is a verse novel for mid-upper primary students. Written ‘for those who plant trees’, Bindi explores climate, bushfires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2021 shortlisted The Readings Children’s Book Prize
2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2021 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book designed by Joanna Hunt
2021 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year
2019 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Daisy Utemorrah Award
y separately published work icon Kindred Broome : Magabala Books , 2019 15509082 2019 selected work poetry

'This is the breaking,
the shattering,
the smattering
of every limit
ever accepted
or imposed…

Kindred, Kirli Saunders' debut poetry collection, is a pleasure to lose yourself in. Kirli has a keen eye for observation, humour and big themes that surround Love/Connection/Loss in an engaging style, complemented by evocative and poignant imagery. It talks to identity, culture, community and the role of Earth as healer. Kindred has the ability to grab hold of the personal in the universal and reflect this back to the reader.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
2020 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
A Dance of Hands i "You and I", 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 231 2018;
2018 runner-up Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
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