Posted by: Lisa Hill | July 2, 2019

Book Giveaway winner: Kindred, by Kirli Saunders

Indigenous Literature Week for 2019 starts next week, and one lucky winner of this giveaway will have a copy of Kindred by Kirli Saunders to read.

There has been a problem lately with comments on this and other WordPress blogs not getting through, so I apologise to anyone who wanted to enter and couldn’t.  I suspect that this is the reason why there were only three entries.

However, that made the odds better for those three entries, and I am pleased to announce that Agnes Bonsanquet from The Slow Academic is the winner of this lovely book!

This is the press release:

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Aboriginal Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry and founder of the Poetry in First Languages project. She was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC Awards in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region and was nominated for a national NAIDOC Award in 2018. Her first children’s picture book, The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley (Scholastic 2018), was selected for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and is published internationally.

Kirli’s poetry has been published by Cordite and Overland and is embedded in infrastructure at Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne. Her poem ‘A dance of hands’ was Runner-up in the 2018 Nakata Brophy Prize. Kirli has been a Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for ‘The Sound of Picture Books’.

And this is the blurb:

Kirli Saunders debut poetry collection is a pleasure to lose yourself in. Kirli has a keen eye for observation, humour and big themes that surround Love/Connection/Loss in an engaging style, complemented by evocative and poignant imagery. It talks to identity, culture, community and the role of Earth as healer. Kindred has the ability to grab hold of the personal in the universal and reflect this back to the reader.

The book is published by Magabala Press, ISBN: 9781925591149

You can read an interview about Kirli at the Centre for Stories and find out more about her at her blog.

You can see from these examples of Kirli Saunders’ poetry at Cordite (‘Grief’ is particularly powerful) that this is a Giveaway worth winning!  But if you want to be sure of a copy, you can buy it direct from Magabala Press.



It is a condition of entry for all giveaways on this blog, that if you are the winner, you must contact me with a postal address by the deadline.  For this giveaway, the deadline is the end of this week Sunday July 7th 2019.   (I’ll redraw if this deadline isn’t met).  Your postal address will be forwarded to the publisher who will then send you the book. So Agnes, please get in touch:)




  1. Congratulations!

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  2. Congratulations to the winner!
    I do like this cover. Very striking!


  3. Test 3/7/19


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  5. Thank you very much! I look forward to reading this very much.


    • You’re welcome, Agnes. Can you please let me know when the book arrives, I’ve been having problems with email and I just want to be sure that they received my notification that you’d won. (The word ‘winner’ in an email is like a red flag to spam detectors!)


      • Hi Lisa, just letting you know I have received the book! I am really looking forward to reading it. Thank you very much.


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