Author Anita Heiss in conversation with Aunty Cheryl Penrith.
About this event
Am I Black Enough For You?, first published in 2012, is the story of an urban-based high-achieving Wiradyuri woman working to break down stereotypes and build bridges between black and white Australia.
"I'm Aboriginal. I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to be." - Anita Heiss
Ten years on, what does it mean to be Aboriginal? Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity? Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate advocate for Aboriginal literacy, rights and representation, was born a member of the Wiradyuri nation of central New South Wales but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school.
In this heartfelt and revealing memoir, told in her distinctive, wry style, with large doses of humour, Anita Heiss gives a firsthand account of her experiences as a woman with a Wiradyuri mother and Austrian father. Anita explains the development of her activist consciousness, how she strives to be happy and healthy, and the work she undertakes every day to ensure the world she leaves behind will be more equitable and understanding than it is today.
Anita will be in conversation with Aunty Cheryl Penrith about Am I Black Enough for You? 10 Years On, and her most recent novel Bila Yarrudhangglangdhuray.
Light refreshments will be provided, and copies of Anita's books will be available for purchase.
This event is supported by the friends of the Wagga Wagga City Library.