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 is an Adjunct Professor with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS and 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.
Getting to Know Anita Heiss
Game On: How did you get into writing?
I just started writing and sending my material out to journals and community organisations and then I started getting published and I built up my publications list.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, as a child I wanted to be a nun, an air-hostess and Ginger from Gilligan’s Island. As it turns out being an author turned out to be really good option.
What are some of your favourite games to play?
I love playing Uno and Celebrity Head.
Do you have a favourite sport, sporting event or sporting hero?
I’m a long-distance runner. I can run 20km before work some days. I ran my first marathon (42.2km) at Uluru in 2017 and then ran the New York Marathon a few months later.
What kinds of activities do you like to do to supercharge your summers?
I love running at the beach at sunrise and then getting into the ocean. Best supercharge ever!
Can you recommend some good GAME ON reads for our SRC Members?
I highly recommend Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic, Harry’s Secret and Matty’s Comeback by me!
A Creative Tip
Hot Off the Press
Anita Heiss’ newest book is now available. Have you had a chance to read it yet?
Book Title: My Australian Story: Race for Reconciliation
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Recommended Reading Age: 9–12
Book Description: Mel Gordon loves running, and watching Seinfeld, but mostly she loves Cathy Freeman. It’s 2000 and the Olympics are going to be held in Australia. In a year of surprises, Mel finds out that Cathy Freeman is coming to talk to her school. And her family is heading to Sydney! It becomes an unforgettable journey to Corroboree 2000, bringing together all Australians as they march and sing and celebrate Australia’s Indigenous heritage and also acknowledge past wrongs.