Anita Heiss launches Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre Volume 9, this year’s anthology of writing from Junee Correctional Centre. Auspiced by the South Coast Writers Centre and initiated by Wadi Wadi Elder Aunty Barbara Nicholson, the Ngana Barangarai (Black Wallaby) project that produces the anthology has been running for nine years. Each volume is a glimpse into the lives of First Nations inmates as they describe their culture, feelings and experiences through poetry, prose and song lyrics.
Aunty Barbara Nicholson (Australian)
Aunty Barbara Nicholson is a Wadi Wadi Elder from the Illawarra who holds a degree in English Literature (Newcastle) and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (UOW). She initiated the Ngana Barangarai (Black Wallaby) project which has collected and published writing from First Australian inmates in Junee Jail for the last eight years. Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre Volume 9 is a unique collection of the authentic voices of its contributors.
Anita Heiss (Australian)
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).