Young Indigenous Queensland writer Ellen Van Neerven burst onto Australia’s literary scene in 2013, when she won the prestigious David Unaipon Award. The following year, her collection of short stories Heat and Light was received with eager acclaim. Don’t miss one of our finest talents in conversation with Stan Grant about the inspiration for her remarkably mature prose and poetry, which explores themes of racism, history and climate change.

Supported by The Copyright Agency. 

Curated by Ellen van Neervan. 

Ellen van Neerven (Australian)

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Ellen van Neerven is a Yugambeh woman from South East Queensland. She is the author of Comfort Food and Heat and Light which won the 2013 David Unaipon Award, the 2015 Dobbie Award and the 2016 NSW Premiers Literary Awards Indigenous Writer's Prize.

Stan Grant (Australian)

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Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri man. A journalist since 1987, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, and the Seven Network and as the international editor for SKY News. From 2001 to 2012 he worked for CNN as an anchor in Hong Kong, before relocating to Beijing as correspondent. As a journalist, he has received a string of prestigious international and Australian awards. He is the author of a memoir, The Tears of Strangers, the Walkley award-winning Talking To My Country and most recently a Quarterly Essay called The Australian Dream. Stan is also the editor of Indigenous Affairs coverage for the ABC.