Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven

6-8pm, Friday 13 July 2018, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Ellen van Neerven is Mununjali from the Yugambeh language group of South East Queensland on her mother’s side. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Heat and Light was also shortlisted for The Stella Prize, the Queensland Literary Award for State Significance, and the Readings Prize. Ellen was named as a Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Australian Novelist in 2015.

Until 2016 Ellen was the Managing Editor of black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project at State Library of Queensland. She received the 2017 Queensland Writers Centre Johnno Award and the 2015 Express Media Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Young Person in Literary Arts for her work as editor, mentor and advocate for First Nations writers. She currently lives in Melbourne.

Patrons Lectures are hosted by ASAL with funding from the Copyright Agency. These lectures support emerging and distinguished Australian writers to travel to locations around Australia to present a public talk or lecture on a topic of his or her choosing for a broader public.

By bringing Australian writers into a wide range of communities, Patrons Lectures aim to stimulate broad interest in Australian writing and facilitate deeper understanding between writers, the academy, secondary teachers and the reading public.

This event is free. Please see the following link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/asal-patrons-lecture-tickets-46704577649?aff=efbeventtix