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The School

Illawarra Multicultural Services employ specialised staff to provide a range of programs and projects to meet the needs of new arrivals and culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, families and communities who are socially and/or financially disadvantaged with low English language proficiency.

The Project

Illawarra Multicultural Services and Red Room Poetry invite you to celebrate Refugee Week 2017  

When: 6:00pm-8:30pm, Friday 23 June 2017 

Where: Project Contemporary Artspace, 255 Keira Street Wollongong 

Join us for an exhibition of Art & Poetry created by students from refugee backgrounds from Keira High School, Wollongong High School,Wollongong Public School and Wollongong West Public School. Street art murals will be unveiled and original poems will be shared. Light refreshments will be served. 

Tickets are free. 

Please register your attendance with Emily 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