What role should young people play in caring for the environment? When do children become custodians of the land on which they live? Proud Gunai author Kirli Saunders and Bigambul and Mandandanji illustrator Dub Leffler invite you to a celebration of Country and community as they share their extraordinary verse novel Bindi. Listen in as 11-year-old Bindi navigates bushfires, broken wrists and big art assignments in this heartwarming tale interwoven with Gundungurra language. With MC, Oliver Phommavanh.
Recommended for ages six and up.
Kirli Saunders (Australian)
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman, teacher and artist and is an award-winning international writer of poetry, plays and picture books. In 2020, Kirli was named the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. Kirli created Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry, supporting First Nations language conservation and celebration through the arts. Her poetry collection Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Award. Kirli was also the inaugural winner of the WA Premier’s Daisy Utemorrah Award. Her most recent work, Bindi, is a verse novel for young readers. She is currently working on a sequel.
Dub Leffler (Australian)
Descended from the Bigambul people of South-West QLD, Dub Leffler is one of Australia’s most sought after illustrators of children’s literature. He has written two books for children and is currently illustrating his 26th title. Dub’s work has led to opportunities to travel across the globe including remote Australia, Europe, Indonesia and America and his illustrations are now in permanent collection in The National Library of Congress in Washington, Dc. Dub’s most recent work is Bindi written by the Kirli Saunders.
Oliver Phommavanh (Australian)
Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh on the page as an children's author and on the stage as a comedian. Oliver uses his experience as a primary school teacher to inspire kids to write funny stories. He has featured in Writers and Comedy festivals all across Australia and Asia. Oliver's books include Don't Follow Vee, Natural Born Loser, The Other Christy and Thai-riffic! His most recent book is the short story collection Brain Freeze.