Author(s): Ellen van Neerven
I also saw those spirit dogs and poetry travelled with me like rivers I didn't ever eat alone 'Goan Fish Curry' Following on from the success of her award-winning fiction debut, Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven announces herself as a talented poet with this luscious collection. Moving between places and cultures, Comfort Food explores identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love. Using food as her inspiration, van Neerven offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar. This sensuous volume sets a new benchmark in contemporary Australian poetry.
Born in Brisbane in 1990 to Aboriginal and Dutch parents, Ellen van Neerven is a Yugambeh woman with traditional ties to the country between the Logan and Tweed rivers. Her debut book "Heat and Light "won the David Unaipon Award in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards and was shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize.