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An evening with Anita Heiss

We are delighted to welcome award winning author and important First Nations voice,  Anita Heiss for an in conversation around her new book, Dirrayawadha - Rise Up

Dirrayawadha - Rise Up is a groundbreaking historical novel about resistance, resilience and love during the frontier wars.

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About the Book:


Miinaa was a young girl when the white ghosts first arrived. She remembers the day they raised a piece of cloth and renamed her homeland ‘Bathurst’. Now she lives at Cloverdale and works for a white family who have settled there.

The Nugents are kind, but Miinaa misses her miyagan. Her brother, Windradyne, is a Wiradyuri leader, and visits when he can, bringing news of unrest across their ngurambang. Miinaa hopes the violence will not come to Cloverdale, but she knows Windradyne is prepared to defend their Country if necessary.

About the author:


Dr Anita Heiss is an internationally published, award-winning author of 23 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 also the Publisher at Large of Bundyi, an imprint of Simon & Schuster cultivating First Nations talent, and a board member of the National Justice Project and Circa Contemporary Circus.
Her novel, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray, about the Great Flood of Gundagai, won the 2022 NSW Premier’s Indigenous Writers' Prize and was shortlisted for the 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize and the 2022 ABIA Awards.

Date:     Thursday August 29  2024 

Time:     7 00pm for a 7 30pm start and  9 00pm finish (including signing) 

Venue:   The Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine 3450

Cost:      $20

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