Growing up Kirli Saunders found herself at the centre of stereotypes. She was used at school as the “poster girl” for Aboriginal culture which caused her to drift away from her cultural roots.
This is a stark contrast to the work and achievements she has pursued today to educate, empower and inspire Indigenous children. She is an international children’s author, poet, playwright and educator. Kirli founded the First Languages program at Red Room Poetry, debuted her first poetry collection called Kindred and on Friday last week was announced as the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. You can find more of Kirli’s work here.