inspiring a love of literature

Book Week

Since 2001, school children and teachers from local primary schools have been invited to a Book Week presentation by a writer and/or illustrator in residence, supported by our preferred bus supplier Stuarts Coaches. We have hosted renowned authors and illustrators such as Shaun Tan, Ursula Dubosarsky, Terry Denton and other leading creatives.


Book Week 2018

Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave Nowra Public School students to meet Kirli and hear her speak about her life as an author. She is an amazing speaker and captivated our students with her storytelling and antidotes. Capping off the day was the spectacular Bundanon setting which you and the staff so willingly shared with our students.
- Melanie Brodie Teacher Librarian, Nowra PS

We welcomed back to Bundanon Gunai poet Kirli Saunders as our 2018 Bundanon Book Week author. Kirli will present to local primary school students on Tuesday 14 August 2018 at Riversdale. Whilst in residence, Kirli also delivered workshops for her Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) project.

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. She also acts as Cultural Consultant for NFP and Government organisations. Kirli was awarded 'Worker of the Year 2017' at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region. She founded Poetry in First Languages. Her first children’s picture book ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’, illustrated by Matt Ottley is to be released by Scholastic in May 2018 and has been selected for Bologna Book Fair 2018. Her second picture book 'Our Dreaming' will be released shortly after. Kirli’s work has been published in the Huffington Post Australia. She was poet in residence at Bundanon Trust for New Shoots in 2017. Kirli’s work has also been commissioned for Reconciliation Week Keep Cups and a range of Poetic Learning workshops at Red Room Poetry. In 2018, Kirli will be writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for 'The Sound of Picture Books'.

Developed by Kirli and delivered by Red Room Poetry, Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry, music and art. PIFL supports First Nations students in creating poetry in first languages by connecting them to First Nations Poets, Elders and Language Custodians on Country through workshops facilitated by Red Room Poetry. The focus is to strengthen the connection of First Nations students to country, language and community in order to empower students to feel pride in their cultural identities resulting in enhanced well-being overall.

Book Week 2017

Award winning illustrator, artist and bookmaker Marc Martin was in residence as our 2017 Book Week Author.

Marc is the author and illustrator of five beautiful books A Forest (Penguin Random House, 2012), The Curious Explorers Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z (Penguin Random House, 2013), Max (Penguin Random House, 2014), A River (Penguin Random House, 2015), and LOTS (Penguin Random House, 2016).

Working with watercolour, gouche, pencil, scanned textures and computers, Marc creates worlds of dense colour and rich textures to explore themes of connectedness, place, urbanism, environment and our relationship with the natural world.


Book Week 2016

'All children need an Uncle Egg to open up the magical world of nature. We all need to get outside, away from television, computers and mobile phones, and what better way than a canoeing- camping trip? This is a delightful story about the joy of the outdoors.'
- DAVID SUZUKI

Bundanon Trust welcomed Trace Balla into residence in August as our 2016 Book Week Illustrator and Author.

Her books, Rivertime and Shine, were both highly acclaimed, and Rivertime won the Readings Children's Book Prize and Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature. Rivertime is a gentle and beautiful book about slowing down and growing up, set on Australia’s Glenelg River and featuring a ten-year-old boy and his uncle.

Trace Balla

Trace Balla’s background is in illustration, community arts, art therapy, animation, and writing songs and stories. She enjoys visiting schools and festivals to talk about her work and can often be found sketching in nature, riding her bike with her son, dancing, and growing vegies in her garden in central Victoria.


Book Week 2015

Artist Tania Mason and writer Natalie Walton presented Book Week 2015 talks to 326 students and staff from eight primary schools.

Book Week 2015