Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer, editor and educator of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage with strong ancestral ties to south east queensland.
They write fiction, poetry and non-fiction. van Neerven’s first book, Heat and Light was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Their poetry collection Comfort Food was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and Highly Commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. The following poems, read by Leonie Whyman, are from van Neerven’s collection, Throat, which was released in 2020 and was recipient of the inaugural Quentin Bryce Award.
Ellen van Neerven’s poems Politicians Having Long Showers on Stolen Land, White Excellence and All That is Loved are read by Leonie Whyman.
Throat is now available to purchase at Readings.
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Ellen van Neerven's Throat is published by University of Queensland Press. Supplied headshot by Anna Jacobson.
Published on 17 July 2020