24 May 2022

Go to your favourite bookstore and search for Dr Anita Heiss, and you’ll find books published across genres including non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction and children’s novels, all authored by her. 

Anita is a Wiradyuri woman and an award-winning author of 18 books (yes, you read that correctly!). She’s also an advocate for Indigenous literacy as she has worked in remote communities as a role model and encouraging young Indigenous Australians to write their own stories. She has also performed her work and lectured on Aboriginal literature across the globe.  

Join us on 24 May 2022 for a She Leads In-Conversation between Dr Anita Heiss and Sarah Burr, discussing empowerment through education and why the stories of First Nations Australians need to be not only told but heard.   

Key event details

Date + Time: Tuesday 24 May 2022, 6 to 8.30pm (registration opens 5.45pm)

Where: Kambri Cultural Centre (ANU Building 153), University Ave, Acton ACT 2601

Cost: $30 for YWCA Canberra members and $45 for non-members

Please note: we have tried to make the price of our event as accessible as possible while still covering the cost to run it, including paying our speakers for their time and work.  

What does your ticket include?

  • Entry into the She Leads In-Conversation event
  • Networking opportunity to connect with other like-minded people and be inspired by women and non-binary leaders
  • Drinks and canapés during the networking session
  • Opportunity to have your book/s signed by Anita. There will also be signed copies of Anita’s latest book available to purchase

Scholarships: We have 4 scholarships available from facilitator, Sarah Burr. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander woman or non-binary person and would like to have a scholarship to the event, please contact [email protected].

Parking: There is underground parking beneath Kambri Cultural Centre that is managed by Carepark and their parking rates can be found on their website. You can also park in the city as it is a short walk away. You can view and download this map for parking assistance.

Photography: Photographs will be taken at this event. If you do not wish to have your photo published, please contact the She Leads team at [email protected].

Our She Leads events often sell out quickly, so grab your ticket as soon as possible.

For any further enquiries, please contact the She Leads team at [email protected] or call YWCA Canberra on (02) 6185 2000.

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Dr Anita HeissHeadshot of Dr Anita Heiss, with her name and the She Leads -Conversation Series logo at the bottom of the tile

Dr Anita Heiss (Wiradyuri Nation) is an award-winning author of 18 books. She is an international speaker with a background in Australian First Nations literature calling her audiences to action on issues that she is passionate about. She is a board member of University of Queensland Press, Aboriginal Art Co, Circa Contemporary Theatre and the National Justice Project. Anita is a Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland and an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the GO Foundation. Her play Tiddas, will premiere at the 2022 Brisbane Festival in partnership with La Boite Theatre and QPAC. Her most recent novel is Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) and her memoir Am I Black Enough for You?: 10 years on, will be released in 2022. Anita runs, eats chocolate and is proud to be a creative disruptor.

Sarah BurrHeadshot of Sarah Burr, with her name and the She Leads -Conversation Series logo at the bottom of the tile

Sarah Burr is a Wiradjuri yinaa living on the lands of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples. She is a former Vice President of YWCA Canberra, and currently works for the Commonwealth Government. Sarah has interviewed a number of bestselling Aboriginal authors and writers including Tara June Winch, Veronica Gorrie and Celeste Liddle.

About the She Leads In-Conversation Series

YWCA Canberra’s She Leads In-Conversation events aim to provide the community with the opportunity to hear from women and non-binary leaders from different backgrounds and industries, in a conversational format, followed by a Q&A session and networking. Men are welcome to attend.

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