Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning Indigenous Australian writer. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Heat and Light was also shortlisted for The Stella Prize, the Queensland Literary Award for State Significance, and the Readings Prize. Ellen was also named as a Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Australian Novelist. 

Ellen’s highly-anticipated second book, a collection of poetry, Comfort Food (UQP, 2016) was released in June. Check this site for details of upcoming launch events in Melbourne, Canberra, Regional NSW, Western Sydney and Brisbane.

Ellen’s writing has appeared in publications such as McSweeney’s, Overland, Frankie Magazine, The Griffith Review, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, The Canary Press and Review of Australian Fiction. In 2015 Ellen contributed to iTunes best of 2015 selected SBS True Stories podcast with ‘Confidence Game’, a story about high school bullying and sport. Women in sport is a theme of one of Ellen’s current projects, Women’s Division (2016) – the first volume in the series, ‘Four Grounds’, can be read here.

Ellen has been invited to talk and perform her work in Canada, the US, India, and across Australia. She also visits high schools as an inspiration to young Australians.

Ellen lives in Brisbane and works at State Library of Queensland as managing editor of the black&write!  Indigenous writing and editing project which aims to support and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. Ellen is the editor of the digital collection Writing Black: New Indigenous Writing from Australia.

Ellen can be contacted here.

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