On episode 56 I yarn with Anita Heiss, a proud Wiradjuri woman of central NSW, born in Gadigal country and has spent much of her life on Dharawal land near La Perouse. She is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors publishing across genres including non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction, and children’s novels. 

As an advocate for Indigenous literacy, Anita has worked in remote communities as a role model and encouraging young Indigenous Australians to write their own stories. On an international level she has performed her own work and lectured on Aboriginal literature across the globe at universities and conferences, consulates and embassies in the USA, Canada, the UK to name a few. 

We yarn about so much! Anita’s book – ‘Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia’ shares many diverse voices and stories of First Nations peoples and Anita shares her very own experiences of to us on the podcast. She also shares her advice on drawing from our strengths as Aboriginal people, even when the odds are stacked against us .Listen to this deadly chat to find our more! 

Recommendations throughout this episode:  

Bila Yarridhanggalangdhurayhttps://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/Bila-Yarrudhanggalangdhuray/Anita-Heiss/9781760850449 

All titles: https://www.booktopia.com.au/search.ep?author=Anita%20Heiss 

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia: https://www.blackincbooks.com.au/books/growing-aboriginal-australia 


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