Posted by: Lisa Hill | July 7, 2014

Book Giveaway winner for Indigenous Literature Week: Heat and Light, by Ellen van Neerven

My apologies for drawing this giveaway late: I could only get an intermittent internet connection yesterday up here on the Gold Coast.

Anyway, the winner of our  very special Book Giveaway is emmackat.  Please get in touch with me using the email address at the bottom of the RHS menu (amongst all the yada-yada about copyright), and I will post the book to you as soon as I get back home on Wednesday.

Here’s a reminder about the book:

UQP (University of Queensland Press) who are major supporters of indigenous literature in Australia have offered a copy of  Heat and Light, by Ellen van Neerven to support Indigenous Literature Week 2014 here at ANZ LitLovers.  The reason this is so special is that the book is not actually scheduled for release until August 27th, so this is an opportunity to read the book before it hits the bookshops!

Here’s the advance publicity:

‘A stunning debut from a young writer of immense potential.’ Melissa Lucashenko, author of Mullumbimby

Winner of the 2013 David Unaipon Award, Ellen van Neerven’s novel Heat and Light takes readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real.

Over three parts, Ellen van Neerven draws on traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist.

In ‘Heat’, we meet several generations of the Kresinger family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl.

In ‘Water’, a futuristic world is imagined and the fate of a people is threatened.

While in ‘Light’, familial ties are challenged and characters are caught between a desire for freedom and a sense of belonging.

In writing Heat and Light, Ellen was inspired by a number of ideas. As a young woman of Aboriginal and Dutch decent, she has become more and more interested in her family history and the way in which it defines her. Place was also of significance, in particular Yugambeh country, the Scenic Rim on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, where her family is from.

Ellen is the 25th winner of the prestigious David Unaipon Award, and joins the ranks of Indigenous luminaires such as Doris Pilkington, Larissa Behrendt and Tara June Winch.


‘…here is an outstanding writer at work.’ David Unaipon Award, judges’ comments


Born in 1990, Ellen van Neerven is a writer of Murri and Dutch heritage. She belongs to the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim. She won the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards for Heat and Light. Ellen’s short fiction, poetry and memoir have appeared in numerous publications, including The Best of McSweeney’s, Review of Australian Fiction and The Lifted Brow. She lives in Brisbane.


Avid Reader Bookstore (Brisbane) – Tuesday, 9th September at 6.30 pm.

Readings, Carlton (Melbourne) – late September.

So congratulations, emmackat, the book will be on its way as soon as possible.


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