Merrigong Talking Point - Indigenous Women Driving Social Change

A conversation with award winning First Nations poet Kirli Saunders.

A free talk to complement Black is the New White, offering an opportunity to learn more about theatre, the arts, and the world around us.

24 Feb – 24 Feb

Join us for the first Talking Point of the year, with special guests award winning First Nations poet Kirli Saunders (Red Room Poetry), who’ll take her seat and discuss the current place of First Nations writing in Australia.

On the back of the success of contemporary works like ABC TV’s Black Comedy and Cleverman, and stage works Barbara and the Camp Dogs and Black is the New White, First Nations writing on our stage and screen has never been stronger, and this first Talking Point for 2018 will feature one of the Illawarra’s strongest female voices in discussion.

Kirli Saunders
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai / Kurnai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded 'Worker of the Year 2017' at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region. Her first children’s picture book ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’, illustrated by Matt Ottley, is to be released by Scholastic in May 2018. Her second picture book 'Our Dreaming' will be released shortly after. Kirli’s work has been published by Huffington Post Australia. She was poet in residence at Bundanon Trust for the New Shoots project in 2017. Kirli’s work has also been commissioned for Reconciliation Week Keep Cups and a range of Poetic Learning workshops at Red Room Poetry.

This Talking Point will be facilitated by Merrigong Artistic Development Manager, Leland Kean.

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Foyer


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Free. No bookings required.

Performance Times
General Public:
Sat 24 Feb, 4.15pm

Running Time
Approx. 60 mins (no interval)