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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 leads Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred (Mabagala) was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She has 5 forthcoming titles including Daisy Utemorrah Award Winning Bindi (Magabala 2020). Kirli is the winner of the University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019) and was runner up in the Nakata Brophy Prize 2018. She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.