Ellen van Neerven

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 Best Young Australian Novelist in 2015.


The Bogong

Come feast on stories at our final event. Traditionally, when the Bogong moth swarmed in the cool regions of Mount Bogong during summer, local tribes would gather to conduct ceremonies and feast on this protein-rich food source. Our Bogong is a celebration and sharing of crafted spoken word pieces from master storytellers. This event is…

September 6, 2019

Yung, Blak & Bold

What does it mean to be young and Blak in a world where old approaches and paradigms haven’t worked? Listen as we bust stereotypes and discuss how words in new contexts can activate change. Featuring Benson Saulo, Amelia Telford and Nayuka Gorrie. Moderator Tim Goodwin. In partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival.

September 6, 2019

Blak Gala: Stories Behind the Songs

With heartfelt musical performances alongside the tales behind the tunes, you’ll hear powerful and honest narratives connecting country, community and family. Uncover pitch-perfect musical perspectives – from the poignant to the playful – in this most sweet-sounding of literary parties. Featuring James Henry, Monica Weightman and Kutcha Edwards with special guests MC Tammy Anderson. Presented…

September 5, 2019