Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven

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.


Personal score

MemoirSeasonBY QUEERTIME SHE grew restless and could not see what was in front of her. She felt rootless and lived alone; her friends were not family. Through this depression, she bought a new duck-feather pillow and ten-kilogram weights, and...

Half a butterfly

ReportageTHE FIRST FEW days I stayed in Dona Paula, I was having a really hard time finding the beaches I’d heard about. My companions and I would walk down the dusty streets, but the roads seemed to curve away...

No limits

ReportageI am eleven years old. My brother Ben (three years and three days younger) has already been a registered player for four seasons at our local club, Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE). Every day we match each other in the backyard. I attend his games jealously, playing around with a ball on the sideline and, yes, maybe showboating my juggling a little bit at half-time in the hope someone will notice me and insist I should be placed in a team.

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