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Ellen van Neerven is Mununjali from South East Queensland. Ellen’s first book, the Award-winning Heat and Light was published by UQP in 2014, and a poetry collection, Comfort Food (UQP, 2016), followed.
Ellen's writing has been published in Australian and international publications such as Griffith Review, Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow, Best Australian Short Stories, Best Australian Poems and McSweeney’s.
Ellen is one of our Sparks artists for 2019. The Seedlings Sparks program focuses on the creative development process, enabling artists and creatives the space to explore, seed new ideas, and challenge forms of expression.
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country