Anita is in demand as a keynote /dinner speaker, MC and performer. You can catch Anita at the following events, and can book her via Claxton Speakers International (details below).


May 30 (Brisbane): Join Anita, Cheryl Leavy + Melanie Saward as they discuss Lubly Stories at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Tix here.

May 31 (Brisbane): Join Anita at the Brisbane Writers Festival as she discusses her imprint Bundyi on the panel "What Publishers Want". Tix here.

June 2 (Brisbane): Join Anita + Claire Christain  Michelle Upton + Brydie Lee-Kennedy + Kimberley Allsopp on the panel "It's Complicated" as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. Tix here.

June 14-16 (Gold Coast): Hang out with Anita and other Australian authors at the Rachael Johns' Book Club Retreat. Details here.

June 27 (Brisbane): Join Anita, Noriko Oka and Professor Donna Weeks at Avid Reader in West End, for the launch of the Japanese translation of Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms. Free but bookings required.

August 4 (Brisbane): Join Anita at Avid Reader for the launch of Dirrayawadha. 2.30pm for a 3pm start. Book your free seat here.

August 13 (Bathurst): Join Anita and Uncle Bill Allen at the Bathurst Library for the launch of Dirrayawadha.

August 16-18 (Adelaide): Join Anita and many other romance authors at the 2024 Romance Writers of Australia conference. Anita will be signing books and taking pitches with her Bundyi Publishing hat on. Register here!

October 9 (Shepperton): Anita will deliver a keynote address at the Annual Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Conference, Uni of Melbourne.

October 22-24 (Tamworth): Anita will MC this 2024 Catholic Schools NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education State Conference.

December 11-15:

Join Anita on the Cunard /Dymocks Literary Festivala at Sea aboard the QEII. Find more details and booking info here.


Photo: Morgan Roberts




It was an absolute honour to have Anita speak at the Inaugural Archdiocese Reconciliation Dinner.  She has this wonderful down to earth, relaxed style and an ability to engage the audience with humour sharing stories, truth telling and content that is so relatable. She was amazing!!!!

Archdioecese of Brisbane, 2023

Anita was received well by the conference participants. She was really engaging and linked her work to the work of teachers and educationalists.

- Brisbane Catholic Education, 2023 

I have received universal acclaim for Anita’s presentation, both those who live streamed and those who were in attendance. Her content was on point. Attendees were inspired to take up Anita’s challenges and she left us all with something to think about.

I also want to acknowledge how accessible Anita was in the preparation for this event. She was generous with her time and her ideas. She ensured she understood the brief and any potential sensitivities, while delivering a speech that was inspiring, challenging and thought provoking. She is a dynamic, engaging, and intelligent speaker.

- Women Judges Association of Australia, 2022

Anita’s session was thought provoking and inspirational, and delegates were engaged by her contribution. We thank Anita for her significant contribution to the success of the inaugural ECA Colloquia on Leadership and Ethics and hope we have the pleasure of working with her again in the future. -

- Early Childhood Australia, 2022

QTIC just celebrated its most successful NAIDOC event yet, with almost 400 guests, under the skilful and cheerful guidance of Anita as our MC.  Anita executed the task in a thoroughly professional manner and brought the spark that lit up the event.

-  QLD Tourism Industry Council, 2021

Dr Anita Heiss lit up our zoom-room! It was such an honour to have Anita along to speak about her work as a First Nations author and celebrate the launch of her beautiful new book Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray. We could have listened to Anita talk for hours, and we can’t wait to have her back! 

- The Disability Trust (NSW), 2021

Anita was engaging and connected well with the audience. Her humour, expertise and knowledge shared was inspiring for all who attended our event. Her generosity to speak and network on the day was most appreciated
- Brisbane Catholic Education - 2021

Anita was fantastic. She was the perfect combination of provocative and warm. She provided a great bank of resources for our teachers that were most welcome.
- Catholic Education - Parramatta - 2021

We have been overwhelmed with feedback about Anita's keynote address. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed how Anita ‘shared’ her life journey and dreams as a young girl. Many attendees commented how much they related to Anita's comment that she 'firmly believes that sharing stories to build respect can connect us as humans.'
- TAFE New South Wales - September 2020

Anita's relaxed and humorous style of delivery engaged and inspired the audience. Her generosity in sharing websites and resources was appreciated. Her talk was on topic and fitted well into the theme of our Learning Intensive.

Primary English Teaching Association Australia - October 2019

Anita was fantastic. She was funny, engaging and relatable. Her content was relatable to delegates and they left the morning session feeling enthused and informed. 

- Aboriginal Early Childhood Collective - June 2019

Having Anita work with our secondary students was an amazing experience for all. Her wealth of experience, down to earth attitude and ability to connect to the students ensured success. The over-all benefits for the students (which were numerous) ranged from lifting self-esteem to a sense of self and belonging. Every student produced multiple writing pieces - gaining confidence as the day progressed. The flow of the workshop was perfect – it allowed the students to build gradually to their performance piece, drawing on skills most of them did not realise they possessed! We are already planning for her next visit! Thank You! 

- Catholic Education, Diocese of Bathurst - March 2019

Anita was wonderful and engaging sharing her writing experiences and providing opportunities for participants to engage in creative writing activities. Would definitely engage this speaker again.


- QUT/UQ Lowitja Project - December 2018

Anita was invited to speak at our end-of-year meeting. She was amazing! It was great to have an Aboriginal leader and writer to speak to us and her talk was really engaging. 80% of staff surveyed after the day said Anita's talk was the best part of the day.

- Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation - November 2018

Anita's after dinner speech kept the audience engrossed and inspired many in the audience - great work.
- Charles Sturt University - November 2018

Anita's speech was informative and engaging, and her enthusiasm and warmth is infectious. We have received many very positive responses to her talk at our staff conference last week.

- The University of Melbourne, 2018

Dr Anita Heiss bought her expertise, knowledge, and verve, as MC and co-convenor of a significant Professional Development event for teachers at The University of Queensland. The teachers learnt how to appropriately use Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories in the school context. Almost 100 teachers unanimously praised Anita’s contribution to the day’s activities. Working with Anita is a very rewarding experience.

- University of Queensland, 2017

Anita was fabulous. She was engaging to all audience members. Strong, articulate, humorous and deadly! Would more than recommend her to others and book her again.

- NSW Dept of Education, 2017

Well researched and well thought out speech very appropriate for the occasion, and extremely interesting to our audience. It was perfect. Anita's presentation exceeded our expectations.

- Libraries ACT, 2017

How to book Anita

To book Anita as a guest speaker to address a conference or festival, to speak to your staff, MC your event or run workshops in your school or community,  please contact:

Zoë Vaughan  Agent  She / Her

Claxton Speakers International

T   02 9909 0033   

M  0413 885 070

A  218 West Street Crows Nest NSW 2065