Festival Program

City Program

Anita Heiss: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray

Sat 11 Sep, 8pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Penned by prize–winning Wiradyuri writer Anita Heiss, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) is an epic story of love and loss centred on a young Aboriginal couple’s search for home. Hailed ‘a remarkable story of courage and a love of Country’ (Tony Birch), it bears witness to the tenacity of its central character, Wagadhaany, whose journey is made possible by the deep strength of the earth she walks on. Heiss speaks with Paul Barclay about a powerful story of family and Country, and how she seamlessly intertwines the Wiradyuri language with English as an empowering act of sovereignty.


1 hour


Event artists

Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion. He has produced and presented countless stories for more than 25 years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks.

Anita Heiss (Wiradjuri Nation) has authored non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction and children’s novels. She's a board member of UQP and the National Justice Project, a Professor of Communications at University of Queensland, and an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Her latest novel is Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray.

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