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.