Deborah Van Heekeren

Deborah Van Heekeren is an anthropologist, writer, and visual artist currently living in Maitland, NSW, who will launch Helen Hopcroft’s new book at this year’s festival.

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Originally from Sydney, Dr Deborah Van Heekeren is an anthropologist, writer and visual artist currently enjoying life in Maitland, NSW. She is author of the ethnographic monograph, The Shark Warrior of Alewai: a phenomenology of Melanesian Idenity and has many academic book chapters and articles to her credit. Deborah was recipient of the 2020 joanne burns Microlit Award Hunter category, and her microlit appears regularly in anthologies published by Spineless Wonders. She is currently short-listed for the Nillumbik (Writers Victoria) Prize for Contemporary Writing 2024 for her short memoir, Knitting Like a Girl. Deborah will be launching Helen Hopcroft’s new book, The Nights.

Deborah Van Heekeren

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