Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman. She is an award-winning, international children’s author, poet, emerging playwright and artist. Kirli manages Poetry in First Languages and Poetic Learning at Red Room Poetry. Her picture books include Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) nominated and internationally published, The Incredible Freedom Machines (Scholastic Australia) and forthcoming, Our Dreaming and Happy Every After (Scholastic Australia). Her poetry Collection, Kindred was Highly Commended in Black&Write 2018. Kirli was the inaugural winner of the WA 2019 Premier’s Literary Awards – Daisy Utemmorah Award and was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize 2018. She was guest writer for the Australian Embassy, touring Jakarta and Bali in 2019. She returns as writer in residence at The Literature Centre, Fremantle to perform The Incredible Freedom Machines with Matt Ottley and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.