Anita Heiss, award-winning author and proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation of Central NSW, discusses her latest novel Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) with Tony Birch (The White Girl). Based on true events, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray is an enthralling portrayal of love, loss and belonging on Wiradjuri Country by the Murrumbidgee River – where dreams are either made or broken.

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).

Tony Birch (Australian)

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of the bestselling The White Girl, winner of 2020 NSW Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of four short-story collections Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017, he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award.