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Winner, The NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2021 – Book of the Year

Winner, The NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2021 – Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry

Winner, The NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2021 – NSW Multicultural Award

Recipient of the 2020 Quentin Bryce Award

Shortlisted, 2020 Queensland Literary Awards – Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection

Shortlisted, The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2021 – Prize for Poetry

Shortlisted, The 2021 ALS Gold Medal

Irreverent and courageous, Throat is a fierce cry that fights to be heard. This is van Neerven’s most powerful work yet.

 

I am not aware of my power

you watch me build my weapon

Throat is the explosive second poetry collection from award-winning Mununjali Yugambeh writer Ellen van Neerven. Exploring love, language and land, van Neerven flexes their muscles and shines a light on Australia’s unreconciled past and precarious present with humour and heart. Unsparing in its interrogation of colonial impulse, this book is fiercely loyal to voicing our truth and telling the stories that make us who we are.