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.

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Curated by Ellen van Neervan. 

Ellen van Neerven (Australian)

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer and editor. Of Mununjali Yugambeh (South East Queensland) and Dutch heritage, Ellen’s first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Ellen’s second book, a collection of poetry called Comfort Food, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and was Highly Commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Throat is Ellen’s second poetry collection.