Chaired by Jared Thomas.
Hugely popular and award-winning author Anita Heiss’s new novel opens with a fictionalised account of 1852’s Gundagai floods, still Australia’s deadliest. But for the heroic efforts of Wiradyuri men Yarri and Jacky Jacky, the toll would have been much higher. Yarri’s daughter Wagadhaany survives the flood only to become an indentured slave to the settlers her father rescued. A nuanced examination of Black and White relations, a celebration of family and Country, and a literary celebration of the Wiradyuri language, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray is Anita’s finest book yet.