Wagadhaany grew up near the Marrambidya Bila. She loved dancing in the rain and listening to her father, Yarri, tell her stories about life on Wiradyuri ngurambang.
When white people started building on the floodplains, Yarri was worried. He knew the power of the bila and tried to warn the strangers, but they would not listen.
Years later, the big rains came . . .
This is the story of the Great Flood of Gundagai in 1852 and the Wiradyuri heroes, Yarri Jacky Jacky, who paddled bark canoes through raging floodwaters, risking their lives to save countless others.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Anita Heiss is an award-winning author of nonfiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and blogs. She is a proud member of the Wiradyuri Nation of central New South Wales, an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, the GO Foundation and Worawa Aboriginal College. Anita is a board member of the National Justice Project, Aboriginal Art Co and Circa Contemporary Circus, and is a Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland. As an artist in residence at La Boite Theatre, Anita adapted her novel Tiddas for the stage and it was premiered in partnership with QPAC and the Brisbane Festival in 2022. Her novel Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms set in Cowra during World War II, was the 2020 University of Canberra Book of the Year. Anita enjoys eating chocolate, running
and being a ‘creative disruptor’.