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 named as a Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Australian Novelist in 2015. 

Ellen’s highly-anticipated second book, a collection of poetry, Comfort Food (UQP, 2016) was released in June.

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.

Ellen has been invited to talk and perform her work in Canada, the US, India, and across Australia.

Ellen can be contacted here.

  • Upcoming

    21-23 Oct
    Australian Short Story Festival, Perth

    26-30 Oct
    Ubud Writers Festival

    12 Nov
    Sydney Review of Books: Writing On Place, Bankstown Arts Centre

    7 Dec
    Art, Culture & Education, Lennox Community Centre

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