Heat and Light by Ellen Van NeervenI have a very special Book Giveaway today. 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! Over three parts, Ellen van Neerven draws on traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist. 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. Born in , Ellen van Neerven is a writer of Murri and Dutch heritage.
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Ellen van Neerven's new book Heat and Light
Search RN. Ellen van Neerven's collection Heat and Light crosses genres and traverses a wide range of ideas and experiences. It travels into the past to find characters drawn by the wind, and hops onto buses in contemporary Brisbane with young women telling their stories. But it also moves into a funny, surprising future, where Australia is a republic and the plant people are making an impression on the land. Van Neerven's first piece of published writing was in the international literary journal, McSweeney's. She is a young writer already making her mark on the literary landscape. In her conversation with Kate Evans she talks about her writing, the voices she is drawing upon, and the importance of having other writers with their hand upon your shoulder in support.
Among short-fiction writers in Australia, news travels fast when a new kid appears on the block. While together the stories represent a tender slice of a greater whole, each section is crafted with individual care. Some fail. Few succeed to the extent that exists between the pages of Heat and Light. The young narrator is an observer to the fragmented lives of the town and the resulting experiences of prejudice.
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Winner of the David Unaipon Award. In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist. Heat and Light presents an intriguing collection while heralding the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian writing. This is a very fine debut from a talented writer. The stories evoke mystery and sensuality in equal measure, while the vivid portrait of landscape leaves the taste of dust in your throat and fear in your heart. A breathtaking work of art.