Poet serves up comfort food

Poet serves up comfort food

Creative Industries graduate Ellen van Neerven is a young award-winning Indigenous Australian writer who is continuing to build her reputation with the launch of her second book, a collection of poetry, Comfort Food (UQP, 2016).

Her first book of fiction, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), won a swag of awards including the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize, and was shortlisted for the prestigious The Stella Prize.

Soon to set off to promote Comfort Food, Ms van Neerven will appear at literary festivals in Bali and Perth and will take up a writing residency in the Philippines.

Moving between places and cultures, her new collection of poetry explores identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love. Using food as her inspiration, she offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar.

I also saw those spirit dogs and poetry travelled with me like rivers I didn’t ever eat alone ‘Goan Fish Curry’