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The School

Established in 1956, Farmborough Road Public School is located in the Wollongong suburb of Unanderra. The school is recognised for the quality of its learning and student welfare programs, which focus on numeracy, literacy, student welfare and discipline, curriculum development and implementation.

The Project

Red Room Poetry's Manager of Poetic Learning Kirli Saunders leads a series of Poetry Object workshops with participants from Farmborough Road Public School. After the workshops, studnets will submit their poems to the free Poetry Object competition.

The Poet

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and an award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and emerging Artist. She created and led Red Room Poetry's Poetry in First Languages program from its conception until July 2020. 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 and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.



Taking a dream from conception to delivery – Poetry in First Languages – Kirli Saunders