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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


Where: Town Hall, Wollongong NSW. 
When: Wednesday, 21 June 2017. 9:00AM-5:00PM - Readings from 11:30AM-12:00PM

Red Room Poetry have partnered with Illawarra Multicultural Services to celebrate REFUGEE WEEK 2017.

Join 120 local primary and high secondary school students from refugee backgrounds as they share poems inspired by their most treasured objects. Poems from the Red Room Poetry, Poetry Object workshops at Wollongong West PS, Wollongong PS, Keira HS and Wollongong HS will be installed at Town Hall, Wollongong. 

Come along to hear the students read their original poems and to see the poetic installation for Refugee Week 2017.

For more information, email Emily at Illawarra Multicultural Services:

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