Upcoming Appearances

Anita is often booked to MC conferences, symposiums and dinners. She runs creative writing workshops and delivers keynote addresses and dinner speeches. Some of her activity in 2022 includes:

April 26: Join Anita discussing Am I Black Enough for You? 10 years on with Prof Ann McGrath as part of the ANU/ Canberra Times Meet the Author series. 5.30pm book signing. 6pm event starts. Free but bookings required. Register here.

May 5: Meet Anita at the Garden City Library as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. Details here.

May 7: Anita speaks to Fiona Stager about Am I Black Enough for You? as part of the Brisbane Writers' Festival. Tickets here.

May 7: Join Anita + Bri Lee, Rick Moreton and Yves Rees as they discuss WHAT'S FAIR? as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. Tickets here.

May 8: Join Anita + Yumiko Kadota, Mehreen Faruqi and Cassandra Barnett as part of the Brisbane Writers' Festival. Tickets here

May 26: Join Anita and Sarah Burr as they discuss empowerment through education. Hosted by YWCA Canberra. Books tix here.

June 10-12: Join Anita at the Bellingen Festival. Details here.

Sept  5-24: Anita's play TIDDAS will be on stage at La Boite Theatre. Tix on sale now. Book here.

Oct 21-23: Join Anita at the inaugural Berry Writers Festival. Tix here.

Dec 2022- March 2023: Anita will be in France writing as part of a residential at the Cité internationale ades arts, Paris.

 

Photo: Helen Kassila

 

Testimonials

 

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

zvaughan@claxtonspeakers.com