Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven

is a Mununjali woman from the Scenic Rim.

About Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is a Mununjali woman from the Scenic Rim. Ellen’s books include the award-winning Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), and the recent poetry collection Comfort Food (UQP, 2016).

Articles about Ellen van Neerven

Writing, Editing: An Interview with Ellen van Neerven

‘I think Indigenous writers kind of need each other. I feel that more and more, that sense of camaraderie and community. We challenge each other to write better. It is sometimes hard when you’re perhaps the only black writer on a festival or you’re put into a situation where you have to represent a whole community. That’s why we take strength from each other.' SRB editor Catriona Menzies-Pike speaks with Ellen van Neerven.

Ellen van Neerven

Articles by Ellen van Neerven

Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith


Smith’s biggest achievement in Wade in the Water is her effort to stay true to all the different music she heard through writing the book and to reflect that in the sound of this book. The book is a gathering, and a chorus.

Desert Writing Stories from country Edited by Terri-ann White book cover

Centre of the Story: Desert Writing: Stories from Country

'Desert Writing brings to readers stories of desert communities and the individuals who form part of them that are not often featured in literature or media. Train lines have been built, and airports made but the places aren’t any closer; these are remote places – far away from Australia’s heavily populated coastal cities, far from major centres; and far from the imagination of the mainstream population. This distance is what makes these places so interesting, their pasts and futures significant.'