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What makes intriguing writing for young adult readers? Edie Wright talks to award-winning writers Kirli Saunders, Jared Thomas and Teela May Reid.


Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders (she/her) is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning multidisciplinary creator and consultant. An experienced speaker and facilitator advocating for the environment, gender and racial equality and LGBTIQA+ rights, Kirli was the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year (2020). Kirli’s books, The Incredible Freedom Machines (2018, Scholastic), Kindred (2019, Magabala) and Bindi (2020, Magabala)…

Jared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas (he/him) is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Research Fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the South Australian Museum and University of South Australia. An International award winning children’s and young adult fiction writer his novel ‘Calypso Summer’ is on the International Youth…

Teela Reid

Teela Reid (she/her) is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman born and raised in Gilgandra western NSW. Teela is lawyer, activist and storyteller who is committed to eliminating systemic racism in our society. Currently, she is a Sydney-based solicitor with experience practicing in criminal and civil law. Previously, Teela was tipstaff to the Honourable Justice…

Edie Wright

Edie Wright is a Bardi woman and Manager of Aboriginal Education in the Kimberley. She is passionate about programming, outcomes, improving attendance, retention and engagement for Indigenous children. Edie is working to make opportunities for Aboriginal educators to take on leadership roles and provide a culturally safe place for Aboriginal parents to communicate with teachers…

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What makes intriguing writing for young adult readers? Edie Wright talks to award-winning writers Kirli Saunders, Jared Thomas and Teela May Reid.

The Wheeler Centre: Performance Space,

176 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia

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