Ellen van Neerven

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Ellen van Neerven (born 1990) is an Indigenous Australian writer and poet. Her first book, Heat and Light, won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards' David Unaipon Award for unpublished Indigenous writers,[1] the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Award's Indigenous Writers Prize[2] and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2015.[3] Her second book, the poetry collection Comfort Food, was published in 2016. One of van Neerven's stories, Confidence Game, was featured in SBS podcast series, True Stories, in 2015.[4]

Early life[edit]

Van Neerven was born in 1990 to Dutch and Aboriginal parents.[5] She studied Creative Writing at the Queensland University of Technology.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Van Neerven is a Yugambeh woman.[7] She is openly queer.[8] She lives in Brisbane, Australia.[9]

Awards and honours[edit]


Short fiction[edit]


  • Heat and light, University of Queensland Press (2014)

List of short stories[edit]



  • Comfort Food, University of Queensland Press (2016)

List of poems[edit]


  • Joiner Bay and Other Stories, edited by Ellen van Neerven, Margaret River Press (2017)
  • Writing Black: New Indigenous Writing from Australia, edited by Ellen van Neerven, State Library of Queensland (2014)

Critical studies and reviews of van Neerven's work[edit]


  1. ^ a b jurisdiction=Queensland, ; corporateName=State Library of Queensland;. "2013 winners". qldlitawards.org.au. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  2. ^ a b 1414, scheme=AGLSTERMS.AglsAgent; corporateName=State Library of New South Wales; address=Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000; contact=+61 2 9273 (2016-05-16). "Winners announced for 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards". www.sl.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Shortlist 2015 | The Stella Prize". thestellaprize.com.au. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Ellen van Neerven". Programs. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Shortlist 2015 | The Stella Prize". thestellaprize.com.au. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  6. ^ "An Interview with Ellen van Neerven". Sydney Review of Books. 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Ellen van Neerven, Writer, (Yugambeh) | NGV". www.ngv.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  8. ^ Russell, Stephen A. "Throwing light on queer Indigenous voices". SBS. 
  9. ^ "UQP - Ellen Van Neerven". www.uqp.uq.edu.au. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  10. ^ Wyndham, Susan (2016-05-13). "The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists awards turn 20". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  11. ^ McGowan, Michael (2017-10-16). "Indigenous poet Ellen van Neerven abused by year 12 English students". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  12. ^ "Skin". Meanjin. 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  13. ^ "'Wetskins', by Ellen van Neerven | The Lifted Brow". theliftedbrow.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  14. ^ "McSweeney's Issue 41". store.mcsweeneys.net. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  15. ^ "Invisible spears". Overland literary journal. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 

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