WINNER Daisy Utemorrah Award 2019
Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She’s not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell.
A new year starts like normal—school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn’t gone to plan! There’s a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist AND the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen!
Bindi is a verse novel for mid-upper primary students. Written ‘for those who plant trees’, Bindi explores climate, bushfires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old, Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country.
About the Author
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning international writer of poetry, plays and picture books. She is a teacher, cultural consultant and artist. In 2020, Kirli was named the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
Kirli created Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards. Her verse novel, Bindi (Magabala Books) was the inaugural winner of the WA Premier's Book Awards, Daisy Utemorrah Award and will be released in October.
Kirli has four forthcoming titles and her poetry features in anthologies published by Magabala Books, UQP and Penguin. Kirli is the winner of the University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). Kirli has been shortlisted for the Nakata Brophy prize in 2018 and 2020. She is an esteemed judge for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, QPF Val Vallis Award and Blake Poetry Prize.
Kirli’s was a finalist in the Contemporary NOW prize, and her artworks works have been commissioned for Wollongong Gallery, Shoalhaven Gallery and Curio Gallery. With the support of Australia Council for the Arts, she will hold her first solo poetic arts exhibition Returning in 2021.
As a playwright, Kirli is co-creating Dead Horse Gap with Merrigong Theatre and South East Arts. Her first Solo play, Going Home has been supported by Playwriting Australia, and will take the stage in 2022.
Descendent from the Bigambul people of South-West Queensland, Dub Leffler is one of Australia’s most sought-after illustrators of children’s literature. As well as an illustrator, Dub is the author of two children’s books and is currently illustrating his 25th title. Dub’s work has afforded him travel to places such as remote Australia, Europe, Indonesia and America, and his illustrations are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Praise for Bindi
Praise for Bindi
"To read and consume the verse novel ‘Bindi’ is a gift…"
– Lauren Pratt, Underground Writers
"...beautifully written novel…a call to action for young people to understand their role in conservation and caring for Country."
– Australian Geographic Explorers
"...this story deals with feelings of anger, despair and frustration, while also rejoicing in growing up on country and surrounded by love...Beautiful and intricate illustrations from Leffler further enhance the story’s emotional complexity."
– Clare Millar, The Guardian
"The beautiful illustrations are perfectly detailed balancing the sparsity of the text, with a story of incredible power."
– The West Australian
"...wonderfully engaging verse novel...Bindi is a must-read for ages seven and up."
– Hannah Gardiner, Books+Publishing
"Highly recommended...beautifully written heartwarming story…"
– Helen Eddy, ReadPlus
"...an enlightening verse novel...a lovely blend of appeal and lyricism and incorporates language so skilfully that young readers will understand the Gundungurra words."
– Joy Lawn, Paperbark Words
"Kirli’s expressive language is beautifully paired with the equally expressive illustrations of Bigambul artist Dub Leffler...It is a visceral read and bone-achingly moving."
– Oh Creative Day