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The Premier's Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.

The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. 

The Project

On June 7th, Red Room Poetry partnered with the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge to deliver an Indigenous Storytelling workshop to over 10,000 students from 140 NSW schools.

The webcast is now available on YouTube

The virtual workshop, led by proud Yuin poet, Kirli Saunders connected students to Red Room’s Poetry Object and encouraged sharing through poetry and stories about most treasured belongings. Poems from the workshop are published on the Red Room Poetry website and will go in the running to be printed on trains. 

A note from Kirli Saunders:

Thanks to the 10,000 students from 140 schools and to our YouTube viewers who tuned into the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge Bookfest - Indigenous Story Telling session.

We can't wait to see your poems and publish them on our website. If you would like to book at workshop at your school, or know more about Poetry Object please explore our website or send us an email at

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