Ellen van Neerven
Van Neerven’s award-winning first book, Heat and Light, was published in 2014 by the University of Queensland Press. This piece of fiction is set over three parts, ‘Heat’, ‘Water’ and ‘Light’, over which she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a contemporary twist.
Heat and Light was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award, and was shortlisted for a number of prizes, including The Stella Prize, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, and the Readings Prize.
Van Neerven’s second creative work, a book of poetry titled Comfort Food, was published in late May, 2016.
Beyond being a writer, Van Neerven also works at the State Library of Queensland as manager of the black&write! program, which aims to support and foster Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors.
You can find out more about Heat and Light here.