UQ professor wins Indigenous Writers’ Prize

30 May 2022

University of Queensland professor and proud Wiradjuri woman Anita Heiss has been awarded the 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers’ Prize.

Her critically acclaimed novel Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) is a story about heroism and homecomings, and opens with the Great Flood of Gundagai in 1852.

Professor Heiss said this was the first time the title of any commercial Australian novel had appeared solely in an Aboriginal language.

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