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Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning Indigenous Australian writer and young Yugambeh woman. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and was joint winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award. Heat and Light was also shortlisted for The Stella Prize, the Queensland Literary Awards, and the Readings Prize.

Ellen’s writing has appeared in publications such as McSweeney’s, Review of Australian Fiction, Overland, Frankie Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, andMascara 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.

Her poetry collection Comfort Food (UQP) was released in June 2016.



  • Ellen van Neerven reads 'Oyster Shell Necklace'