Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven Sun 21 Feb Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre Sun 21 Feb Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre $19 Event Info Buy Tickets
Sun 21 Feb at Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre, from $19

Throat, the new collection from award-winning poet Ellen van Neerven marks a self-assured return from one of the country’s most remarkable writers on memory, country and love. With writing reminiscent of Alexis Wright and Audre Lorde, Ellen carves out their own niche with poems that comment on the times. From a poem that refers to s18C of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act 1975 to one that addresses the reader in the format of a treaty, to one that uses an elaborate snakes and ladders list, their writing is always playing with form in beautiful ways. Join Ellen (via live stream) in conversation with Rafeif Ismail.

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali Yugambeh (South East Queensland) and Dutch heritage. They write fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction. Ellen’s first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Ellen’s second book, a collection of poetry, Comfort Food, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and highly commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Throat is Ellen’s second poetry collection.

Time & Location

Sun 21 Feb


Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth / Karboordup



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Ellen van Nerven appearing via live stream.

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