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Booranga Writers’ Centre | July Writer-in-Residence: Ellen van Neerven

This July Booranga Writers’ Centre will be welcoming award-winning author Ellen van Neerven to Wagga Wagga. Ellen will be in residence from 9 until 14 July and will deliver the ASAL Patrons Lecture at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on Friday 13 July as well as conduct a writing workshop on Saturday 14 July at Booranga.
Ellen van Neerven is a writer of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage. 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.
Ellen’s second book, a collection of poetry, Comfort Food (UQP, 2016) was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and Highly Commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize.
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. She currently lives and works 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.
For more information about Ellen van Neerven click here.

ASAL Patrons Lecture

When: Friday 13 July, doors open 6 pm, for 6.30pm start, to 8pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Fitzmaurice St. Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free, bookings essential as seating is limited.

Writing Workshop

When: Saturday 14 July, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Booranga Writers’ Centre, Mambarra Drive, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free for members, a $10 donation is requested from non-members.
For more information contact Booranga Vice President, Dr Lachlan Brown at or Booranga Creative Director, Kathryn Halliwell at