Dr Anita Heiss is an award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction and children’s novels. She is a proud member of the Wiradyuri Nation of central New South Wales, an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Anita’s children’s literature includes Who Am I? The diary of Mary Talence (Sydney 1937), Our Race for Reconciliation, and Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic.
Her novel Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms set in Cowra during World War II, was the 2020 University of Canberra Book of the Year. And Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray about the Great Flood of Gundagai, won the 2022 NSW Premier’s Indigenous Writer’s Prize, was shortlisted for the 2021 HNSA ARA Historical Novel (Adult Category), and longlisted for the 2022 Stella Prize.
Anita’s non-fiction works include Am I Black Enough for You?, Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight) – Publishing Aboriginal Literature, and as editor, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia and The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature which she co-edited with Peter Minter.
Anita enjoys eating chocolate, running and being a ‘Koori Princess’.