Ellen van Neerven


Ellen van Neerven is a Yugambeh woman from South East Queensland. She is the author of the poetry collection, Comfort Food (UQP, 2016) and the fiction collection, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) which won several awards including the 2013 David Unaipon Award, the 2015 Dobbie Award, and the 2016 NSW Premiers Literary Awards Indigenous Writer’s Prize.

She was previously the Managing Editor of black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project where she worked from 2011-2016. In 2015 she received the Express Media Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Young Person in Literary Arts for her work as editor, mentor, and advocate for First Nations writers.

She is inspired by “the first languages of this continent. My family’s language, Yugambeh, and how this is fundamental to my identity, connection to place and family and understanding of the world”.



Event: In Conversation with Clementine Ford and Ellen Van NeervenWriting and Living as a Political Act

MC: Winnie Dunn

Date, Time: Tuesday 26th September 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Wollongong Art Gallery

Cost: $25 Bookings essential

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