Writer, poet, activist, social commentator and academic, Dr Anita Heiss, was this week announced as the winner of 2012 winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and will present the forthcoming Open Mind Lecture on Monday 15 October from 7.00-8.30pm at Waurn Ponds Library.
Dr Heiss’s memoir on identity, Am I Black Enough for You?
, has been awarded the $20,000 prize and was named the winner from a shortlist that included Jeanine Leane’s Purple Threads
, a collection of stories from her childhood growing up on a farm near Gundagai, and Nicole Watson’s The Boundary
, a crime novel set in Brisbane’s West End.
The award was presented at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum on 5 September as part of celebrations to mark Indigenous Literacy Day.
Dr Heiss will speak about Aboriginal Identity in the 21st Century: A Personal Perspective and will include an insight into her memoir.