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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Heat and Light
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'In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real.'

'Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist. In ‘Heat’, we meet several generations of the Kresinger family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl. In ‘Water’, a futuristic world is imagined and the fate of a people threatened. In ‘Light’, familial ties are challenged and characters are caught between a desire for freedom and a sense of belonging.'

'Heat and Light presents an intriguing collection while heralding the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian writing.' (Publication summary)

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  • 'The author’s prose style is spare, carefully wrought and lucid. Van Neervan portrays some wonderful women characters with a deft and sure hand. The plots are beset by tantalising twists and turns, and there is some stunning imagery. There is no doubt that this exciting new author has much potential.' (Judges' comments, The Queensland Literary Awards website 2013)
  • Three thematically linked stories.

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Other Formats

  • Large print.
  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

Dark Lands : Setting as a Generic Feature of Dystopian Fiction Ellen Rees , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond the Dark : Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom 2020; (p. 85-103)
'Dystopia' : A History of the Genre in (and) Australia Amy Schoonens , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond the Dark : Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom 2020; (p. 8-34)
Arboreal Beings : Reading to Redress Plant Blindness Jessica White , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 65 2019;
A recent census of Earth's biomass (the total mass of organisms in a given area) indicates that plants, which constitute approximately 80 percent of all biomass, have been reduced by half since the beginning of human civilisation (Bar-On, Phillips and Milo). To put this in plain terms, as geobiologist Hope Jahren does in her engaging memoir Lab Girl: A Story of Trees, Science and Love, ‘since 1990 we have created more than eight billion new [tree] stumps. If we continue to fell healthy trees at this rate, less than six hundred years from now, every tree on the planet will have been reduced to a stump’ (n.p.). If one compares six hundred years to 470 million years (the time which plants have been on earth), one gains a sense of the rapid pace of deforestation: it will be 120 generations (if a generation is measured as twenty-five years), as opposed to nearly nineteen million generations.' (Introduction)
Science/Literature: The Interface Jessica White , Clare Archer-Lean , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 65 2019;
'This special section of the Australian Humanities Review emerged from the Literary Studies Convention at the Australian National University from 3-7 July 2018. As a conference which brought together Australia’s four major literary studies associations, it showcased a range of approaches to literary scholarship to discuss ‘the literary as an interface between different forms of knowledge and processes of knowledge formation, looking at questions of how and through what means the literary is communicated, represented, negotiated, and remade’. One of the approaches prompted by this theme was the ways in which literature can translate, communicate, or re-imagine scientific knowledge. This seemed particularly apt given that one of the definitions of ‘interface’ is ‘an apparatus designed to connect two scientific instruments so that they can be operated jointly’ (Oxford English Dictionary), for example, two different computer operating systems. In other words, the interface is the meeting place which allows translation to occur.' (Introduction)
Re-Imagining Indigenous Australia through the Short Story : Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven Helena Kadmos , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 33 no. 3 2018;

'In 1998 Michelle Grossman’s overview of Indigenous women’s writing explored the significant contribution that life writing had made to the country’s literatures and pondered where younger authors might take Indigenous writing in the twenty-first century. This essay examines the work of one such writer, Ellen van Neerven, whose award-winning collection of stories, Heat and Light (2014), is a work of fiction that draws in part on personal and family stories to offer heterogeneous representations of individuals and families, lovers and friends. Part short story cycle, part long story, part story collection, the text resists easy categorisation. Within its tripartite structure, the sixteen stories are narrated in radically different ways to draw on themes explored before in Australian Aboriginal literature, such as the importance of extended family and belonging, in sometimes new ways, such as through a futuristic vision of Australia. Through a close reading of the text, and discussion that incorporates comments made by Neerven herself, this article suggests that through its varied structures, genres and styles, Heat and Light re-imagines and celebrates the fluid and diverse nature of contemporary Indigeneity.'

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[Review] Heat and Light David Gaunt , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , vol. 94 no. 1 2014; (p. 22)

— Review of Heat and Light Ellen van Neerven , 2014 selected work short story
Selected Shorts Debra Adelaide , Tony Birch , Carmel Bird , Georgia Blain , Maxine Beneba Clarke , Susan Midalia , Ryan O'Neill , Paddy O'Reilly , Chris Somerville , Maria Takolander , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 364 2014; (p. 52-50)

— Review of Heat and Light Ellen van Neerven , 2014 selected work short story ; Captives Angela Meyer , 2014 selected work short story ; Arms Race : And Other Stories Nicolas Low , 2014 selected work short story ; Las Vegas for Vegans A. S. Patrić , 2012 selected work short story ; An Elegant Young Man Luke Carman , 2013 selected work short story ; Tarcutta Wake Josephine Rowe , 2012 selected work short story
[Review] Heat and Light A. S. Patrić , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 364 2014; (p. 48)

— Review of Heat and Light Ellen van Neerven , 2014 selected work short story
Ellen Van Neervan : Heat and Light Linda Funnell , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , March 2015;

— Review of Heat and Light Ellen van Neerven , 2014 selected work short story
[Review] Heat and Light Jessica Gildersleeve , 2015 single work
— Appears in: Queensland Review , June vol. 22 no. 1 2015; (p. 102)

— Review of Heat and Light Ellen van Neerven , 2014 selected work short story
Ellen's Novel Experience 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 August 2013; (p. 12)
High Praise for Young Author Sally Browne , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 15 April 2015; (p. 48)
'At 24, Ellen van Neerven is already receiving recognition locally and internationally for her unique voice...'
Stella Prize 2015: The Shortlisted Authors on the Stories behind Their Books Emily Bitto , Christine Kenneally , Sofie Laguna , Ellen van Neerven , Maxine Beneba Clarke , Joan London , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 17 April 2015;
Graduate with the Write Stuff 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 22 April no. 599 2015; (p. 42)
Young Novelists Speak with Original Voices Linda Morris , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23-24 May 2015; (p. 17) The Canberra Times , 23 May 2015; (p. 13)
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