Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning Brisbane-based writer. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award and shortlisted for The Stella Prize, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and the Dobbie Literary Award.  Divided into three sections, Heat and Light is inspired by the intersection of familial history, location and identity. 

Ellen’s writing has appeared in publications such as McSweeney’s, Review of Australian Fiction, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Ora Nui and Mascara Literary Review.

Ellen works at the State Library of Queensland as part 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.

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