Anita Heiss

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Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation. She’s an author, poet, cultural activist and social commentator whose work includes non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry and social commentary. An advocate for Indigenous literature and literacy through her writing for adults and children, she is Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland, a board member of the State Library of Queensland and Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

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GR OnlineAs a lifetime ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), I see firsthand the importance of reading and writing in first languages. The ILF has published over ninety books as part of their Community Literacy Projects, and many of them are in eighteen different languages from the remotest communities in Australia. These books assist some of Australia’s most disadvantaged people to become self-determining through literacy.

On being invisible

EssayAS A WIRADJURI woman with an education, access to health, employment opportunities and a platform, I am incredibly privileged. I sit within the top 1 per cent of the bottom 2.5 per cent of the nation. I am, by...

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