How should artists and writers respond to the intersecting issues around climate change, water rights and refugees? Join Festival guest curator Ellen van Neerven as she talks to three visionaries about what motivates their work. Wiradjuri woman Hannah Donnelly’s innovative work looks at Indigenous responses to climate change. Author of the popular Whale Rider and Maori Boy, Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished writers. In her award-winning book Overturning aqua nullius Virginia Marshall argues that Aboriginal water rights require legal recognition as property rights.

Supported by The Copyright Agency.

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.