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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 ; Aboriginal Bundjalung
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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 In 2013, she won the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer in the Queensland Literary Awards for her short-story collection Heat and Light.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). Ellen released their third book, Throat, in 2020, which was published by UQP.



Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Each City 2019 single work short story young adult
— Appears in: Kindred : 12 #LoveOzYA Stories 2019; (p. 288-312)
2019 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Short Story
y separately published work icon The Big Black Thing : Chapter 2 Milperra : Sweatshop , 2018 15304027 2018 anthology poetry prose

'The Big Black Thing: Chapter. 2 is the second issue in a new series of prose and poetry by emerging and established writers from Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds.'  (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted Mascara Avant-garde Awards Anthology
Expert i "Poor me", 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 223 2016; (p. 48)
2015 winner Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers
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