Lin Van Hek

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Lin Van Hek
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Associated actsDifficult Women

Lin Van Hek (born 1944) (aka Lin Van Hecke) is an Australian writer and painter, Vice-President of the Society of Women Writers and is the co-founder of the literary-music group Difficult Women.

Early life[edit]

Van Hek was born in Melbourne, residing in Europe and India for some years.


Van Hek is a singer, songwriter, novelist, poet and a painter. She co-wrote and sang the song "Intimacy" for the film, The Terminator. She recorded a solo CD River of Life featuring songs of New Zealand writer, Kath Tait.

Lin Van Hek worked for over two decades with a group of women in North Vietnam designing, manufacturing and trading in ethical, non-exploitative hand-embroidered silk garments and textiles.

She is an advocate of handmade houses and also lives half the year in a stone house on the Brass Knocker Creek near the Wadbilliga River and state forest in the southeastern corner of New South Wales.

She is a prolific painter whose work is in great demand. Her paintings are exhibited formally at her gallery, Poet House, in Thornbury.


  • 2015 Best Australian Poems, edited by Geoff Page.
  • 2016 & 2017 winner of the Society of Women Writers short story contest.



  • The Hanging Girl (Misfit Books, 1988)
  • The Ballad of Siddy Church (Spinifex, 1997)
  • Katherine Mansfield's Black Paper Fan (Difficult Women, 2010)

Short story collections[edit]

  • The Slain Lamb Stories (Independent, 1979)
  • Anna's Box : selected short stories (Difficult Women, 2006)

Short stories in anthologies[edit]

  • Cat Tales: The Meaning of Cats in Women’s Lives, edited by Jan Fook, Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein (Spinifex Press, c2003)
  • Horse Dreams: The Meaning of Horses in Women’s Lives, edited by Jan Fook, Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein (Spinifex Press, 2004)

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