Introducing Dr Anita Heiss
Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW.
Anita is an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and an Ambassador of Worowa Aboriginal College. She currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, managing the Epic Good Foundation and being a ‘creative disruptor’. Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards and is a Board Member of the State Library of Queensland. She currently lives in Brisbane.
I was excited to chat with Dr Heiss about how she uses her platform to contribute to raising social consciousness and contributing to social change.
Learn about (and relevant time stamps):
- 3.03 Who is Dr Anita Heiss?
- 3.48 How Anita approached writing her first book
- 5.12 The underlying theme of her writing
- 8.15 The story of Barber Wire and Cherry Blossom
- 11.50 Writing a plot to entice readers
- 12.33 Showcasing Indigenous artists in her work
- 14.58 Writing about a place you’ve actually visited
- 16.47 Feeling unified in protest
- 17.36 Sharing stories of inspirational women
- 20.20 Anita’s inspirational TED talk
- 21.57 Writing memoirs
- 22.59 Aboriginal writing and the oral tradition
- 25.37 Talking about your heritage
- 29.55 Being an assumed expert of everything Aboriginal
- 34.02 Finding books by diverse writers and story tellers
- 40.34 Anita’s life coach
- 43.09 What’s next for Anita?
- 44.07 Review books on Amazon or Goodreads
Connect with Anita Heiss
Links and Resources
- Ruby Langford Ginibi
- Oodgeroo Noonuccal
- Black Book Challenges
- Magabala Books
- UQP Black Writers Series
- Anita’s Ted Talk
- State library of Queensland – Black and Wright
- UQP – Black writer’s series
- Blog post with article on reading books by Indigenous authors
- Episode with Desiree Adaway about reading diverse books
- Anita’s books
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*Photo of Anita Heiss by Amanda James