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 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. Her most recent work, Bindi, is a verse novel for young readers and was the inaugural winner of the WA Premiers, Daisy Utemorrah Award, she is currently working on a sequel.