Ellen van Neerven is a Yugambeh writer from South-East Queensland.

Their first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was awarded the 2015 Dobbie Award and the 2013 David Unaipon Award.

They have published two collections of poetry: Comfort Food (UQP, 2016) and Throat (UQP, 2020), which won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, the Multicultural NSW Award, and Book of the Year in the NSW’s Premier’s Literary Awards.


Pieces by Ellen van Neerven

Personal score
Edition 53: Our Sporting Life

Half a butterfly
Edition 49: New Asia Now

No limits
Edition 73: Hey, Utopia!

Griffith Review