Kirli Saunders


Culturally speaking, I have a responsibility as a story teller and teacher within my community - writing is one way of fulfilling my Dreaming.

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and 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 was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and Highly Commended in Black&Write. She has five forthcoming titles with Scholastic, Magabala Books and Hardie Egmont. Kirli Saunders is the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year (2020).

Kirli's programs


Age: 9-12 years

Writing focus: Poetry, Aboriginal culture and language

Access an excerpt from Kirli’s new book, Bindi, to inspire students to write a book in verse. Explore themes of friendship, childhood memories and Aboriginal culture. Examine and learn some words from the Gundungurra language, and experiment with how vocabulary choice can impact a story.
Student Work
Acrostic Poem
Sneak Peak

What's included

For Students and Teachers:

  • One printed 12-page A5 book per student
  • Videos from author
  • The story starter
  • Writing program, linked to the curriculum
  • Reference to quality text and research
  • A digital book per student for life


Price per student licence:

  • 1 – 99 = $19.80
  • 100 – 499 = $17.60
  • 500 or more = $16.50

Every digital book can also create digital classroom libraries and bookclubs for parents to enjoy.