Checking in with … Anita Heiss


WATCHING: I’ve just started sharing a house with another writer and we are enjoying watching a range of Netflix series and films. It’s different after doing the same thing solo for so many years.

LISTENING: True Crime pod casts

THINKING ABOUT: The state of the world, Gaza, my own sense of privilege, what hope looks like for different people.

WORKING ON: The edits of my soon-to-be-released historical novel DIRRAYAWADHA: to rise up (out August 2024)

LATEST BOOK:  “In PARIS DREAMING, Libby is determined to stay on her no-man fast: no more romance, no more cheating men, no more heartbreak. But in the city of love there is no escaping fate …” My freshly revamped novel, set in the city of lights, looks at art, culture, and politics gave showcases First Nations women and what our journeys can look like in love and abroad. It’s a fun read with purpose.

ABOUT ANITA: Dr Anita Heiss is an internationally published, award-winning author of 24 books; 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, and Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland. Anita is a board member of the National Justice Project and Circa Contemporary Circus. As an artist in residence at La Boite Theatre, she adapted her novel Tiddas for the stage and it premiered at the 2022 Brisbane Festival. Tiddas was produced by Belvoir St and featured in the Sydney Festival, 2024. Anita’s novel, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray about the Great Flood of Gundagai, won the 2022 NSW Premier’s Indigenous Writer’s Prize and was shortlisted for the 2022 HNSA ARA Prize and the ABIA Awards. In 2023, she established the First Nations imprint Bundyi through Simon & Schuster, Australia. Anita enjoys running, eating chocolate and being a creative disruptor.




Instagram: @dranitaheiss


Books: If you’re looking for a copy of Anita’s books, find them on Booktopia.