Anita Heiss, (My Australian Story: Our race for recognition and Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms), is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature. Author of the popular Whale Rider and Maori Boy, Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished writers. In conversation with Joy Lawn, Anita and Witi discuss writing Indigenous stories.

Focus: English/Society and Culture/Drama

Supported by NSW Education Standards Authority.

Anita Heiss (Australian)

Anita Heiss

Anita Heiss is an award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and poetry. She is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation and a Board member of the University of Queensland Press and Circa Contemporary Circus. Anita is a Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland and an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the GO Foundation. She is currently adapting her novel Tiddas (Simon & Schuster, 2015) for the stage. Her latest novel is Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams).