2024 Authors

Featuring major and emerging authors and noted thought leaders

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders (OAM) is a proud Gunai Woman who rarely stays in her lane. She's an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, writer, singer-songwriter and consultant. Kirli creates to connect, to make change. In 2022 she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her contribution to the arts. Kirli has partnered with global organisations including Google, Fender, Sydney Opera House, Qantas and Spotify, Mecca and Aesop on visual art and writing projects. 

Her books include Bindi, Our Dreaming and Returning (2023). Her forthcoming titles include the children's picture books The Land Recalls You and Afloat, and her poetry collection, Eclipse.  

Kirli is currently writing her anticipated novel, Yaraman, taking her play Going Home through a second development and recording her first album with Mark Harding, in their indie folk Band, Cooee.  

Also See:


South Cost Writers Centre
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