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 and the GO Foundation. She is Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland, and as an artist in residence at La Boite Theatre is adapting her novel Tiddas for the Brisbane Festival 2022.
Anita’s 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, was shortlisted for the 2021 HNSA ARA Historical Novel (Adult Category). Her memoir Am I Black Enough For You? was shortlisted for the 2021 Human Rights Award (non-fiction). Anita enjoys eating chocolate, running and being a ‘creative disruptor’.