Re[ad]generate supports Children in Fire Impacted Communities
It’s now 18 months on from the devastating fires that killed 33 people and burned over 17 million hectares across Australia. A lot has happened since then including a pandemic, floods and a mouse plague.
In our day to day lives it can be easy to forget that many communities are still reeling from the impact of the fires and that the rebuilding effort is a long-term affair.
Re[ad]generate supports children in fire and flood effected communities. The program works to bring books by First Nations Authors and Creators into communities that have been impacted by fire and to support children’s education through the rebuilding process.
The program works to support the rebuilding process by providing first nations children with books and stories that reflect their community.
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman. She writes plays, poetry and children’s books. She created Re[ad]generate to support children in fire and flood effected communities.
Kirli’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and ABIA 2020 Book Awards. Kirli’s latest book was the inaugural winner of the WA Premiers, Daisy Utemorrah Award. It’s a verse novel for younger readers called Bindi, out now through Magabala Books.
Kirli spoke with Andrew Pople from 2ser’s Final Draft program about the importance of story telling for communities and ways that you can get behind Re[ad]generate.
If you want more books, writing and literary culture you can catch Final Draft on Saturday mornings at 10am.
If you want to discover more about Re[ad]generate check out Kirli on the Final Draft – Great Conversations podcast and support the campaign at Re[ad]generate – stories and solidarity