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Ellen van Neerven Ellen van Neerven i(A144258 works by) (a.k.a. Ellen Van Neerven-Currie)
Born: Established: 1990 ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Dutch ; Aboriginal Munaldjali people ; Aboriginal Bundjalung people
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Writer and editor Ellen van Neerven is a descendant of the Mununjali (Yugambeh) people from Beaudesert; her father was Dutch. She grew up in Brisbane, where she attended Albany Creek High School; in 2010, Van Neerven graduated with a degree in Fine Arts in Creative Writing Production. In 2011, she was granted a mentorship with black & write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project as an editing mentor, after which she was appointed as a black & write! Indigenous editor.

It was in her twenties that Van Neerven began to take writing seriously, although her love of writing began when she was six, encouraged by her grade one teacher. In 2013, she won the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer in the Queensland Literary Awards for her short-story collection Heat and Light. In addition to the Unaipon Award, the collection has won the Dobbie Award and the Indigenous Writer's Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards), and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Glenda Adams Award for New Writing (NSW Premier's Literary Awards), the Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance, the Steel Rudd Award (Queensland Literary Awards), and the Prize for Indigenous Writing (Victorian Premier's Literary Awards).

Her second book, the poetry collection Comfort Food, was published in 2016, when it was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW Premier's Literary Awards).



Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 recipient The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

for travel to Japan to attend a poetry translation workshop at Tokyo’s Meiji University

2016 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Grants for B.R. Whiting Studio; Residencies $20,000.00

Awards for Works

Comfort Food 2016 selected work poetry

I also saw those spirit dogs

and poetry travelled with me

like rivers

I didn't ever eat alone.

'Goan Fish Curry'

'Following on from the success of her award-winning fiction debut, Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven announces herself as a talented poet with this intoxicating collection.

'Moving between places and cultures, Comfort Food explores identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love. Using food as her inspiration, van Neerven offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar. This sensuous volume sets a new benchmark in contemporary Australian poetry. ' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
Heat and Light 2014 single work novel fantasy

'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)

2016 joint winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writer's Prize
2016 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
2015 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award
2015 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance
2015 shortlisted The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
2015 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2015 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
2015 longlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2015 winner Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2015 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2013 winner Queensland Literary Awards Unpublished Indigenous Writer : David Unaipon Award
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