Today we say goodbye for now to Ellen van Neervan-Currie

Seems like it is a time for goodbyes and farewells as people venture out to new adventures!

Some of you may already be aware of black&write! which is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia. It was developed to foster a significant Indigenous writing community.

Launched by author Boori Monty Pryor and actor Ernie Dingo at the 2010 Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, it is a bold, inspiring project designed to nurture talent, flex the creative imagination and change the landscape of Indigenous writing in Australia.

Proud editors Ellen and Linda McBride-Yuke with the first published book of the project, Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson in 2012.

Proud editors Ellen and Linda McBride-Yuke with the first published book of the project, Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson in 2012.

Since that time, black&write! has produced over 13 new Indigenous works, a digital collection of writings and 4 new Indigenous Editors have come through the intensive training program, ensuring the legacy of Indigenous storytelling is certainly alive and thriving in Queensland and across the country.

Ellen van Neervan-Currie was one of the two inaugural Editing interns and has worked tirelessly over the past years as an editor and more recently as the Senior Editor of black&write! developing pathways and initiatives for writers to have a voice whether this be through mentoring, workshops, online development and generally being a source of information and encouragement to many.

A published and acclaimed storyteller in her own right, Ellen is the award-winning author of the short story collection Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) and the poetry collection Comfort Food (UQP, 2016).

Ellen with 2016 black&write! author Dylan Coleman and Grace Lucas-Pennington, current black&write! intern.

Ellen with 2016 black&write! author Dylan Coleman and Grace Lucas-Pennington, current black&write! intern.

In her own words:

“I am sad to be leaving my role at SLQ, and I leave with many happy memories. I started in 2011, when the black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing project began as an initiative created by Sue Abbey and Theodora LeSouquet. There’s really nothing like this project. I feel very lucky to have a role focused on black writing and our perspectives.   The writers and editors I’ve met and worked with as we travelled across the country are incredible. Thank you, everyone. I am going to spend the next stretch with family, and travelling abroad. First stop, Aotearoa!  ‘

kuril dhagun would like to wish you the very best for your new adventures Ellen and hope that the days and journeys ahead are full of wise words, non-stop laughter, cultural pursuits and time well spent with loved ones.

 

Blog written by Nadine McDonald-Dowd