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Anita Heiss – Barbed Wire & Cherry Blossoms

On 5 August 1944 over 1,000 Japanese soldiers broke out of the Cowra POW camp. In this evocative retelling of events one soldier, Hiroshi, escapes and finds safety at Erambie Station, a nearby Aboriginal mission. Community elder Banjo Williams takes him in and Hiroshi is cared for by Banjo’s daughter Mary. Love blossoms against the backdrop of wartime Australia, the cruel policies of ‘protection' and assimilation and rural hardship.
Indigenous literature activist, chick-lit writer extraordinaire, Twitter tragic and ‘creative disruptor’ Anita Heiss has turned her attention to this little known point in Australian history - to dazzling effect.

Join Anita in conversation with Professor Peter Radoll, Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy at The University of Canberra.