Personal Score: Ellen van Neerven
‘On the eve of the biggest ever global women’s sport event to be held here, the soil is especially potent for story,’ declares award-winning Mununjali writer and keen footballer Ellen van Neerven in their new book Personal Score. The historic FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and Aotearoa will be the first to include Indigenous language throughout its branding and design with dual names for the playing locations. This significant upcoming event, coupled with van Neerven’s new kind of sports writing, splicing together memoir, poetry, history and journalism, offers the ideal opportunity to disrupt some of the myths we tell about ourselves as sporting nations. Ellen van Neerven is joined in conversation by sports enthusiast and flash fiction author Jack Remiel Cottrell (Ngāti Rangi).
First Nations series supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.