Who is Tineke?

Tineke Van Der Eecken - Author of Cafe d'Afrique: A Personal Discovery
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Tineke Van der Eecken is a Belgian-born Fremantle (Western Australia) based criminologist, artist and writer. She is a published author of 'Café d'Afrique: a Personal Discovery' and other creative non-fiction and travel writing, and poetry.


Born in 1967 in Sint-Niklaas (Flanders, Belgium), Tineke grew up with a healthy obsession with food and a mother, Nelly Maes, who is known for her active role in Flemish and European politics. The influence of her mother's activism for multi-linguism, her own background as a Criminologist, and her curiosity for people's thinking and other cultures made her travel the world in many different capacities, from investigative journalist to project manager and small business entrepreneur. She has lived and worked in many countries, including Burundi, Zambia and Australia and continued to travel with her geologist husband to remote parts of the world such as Papua New Guinea, Easter Island and Madagascar. The family, including Hannah (17) and Toto (15), and their dog 'Moose' live in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Her self-inflicted research includes reading, investigating and writing about the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in West Australian prisons, corruption in Zambia under Frederick Chiluba and the links to Belgium. She has published about these topics in MO* magazine and New Internationalist.

Tineke Van der Eecken's writing draws on a rich life experience, a keen interest in people and friendship, and a strong sense of place. 'If everyone shared their story with others, the world would be a better place.' Hence, this author writes mostly (creative) non-fiction. Her love for language and multiingual background also forms the basis for, award winning poetry, including 'On Language', a trilingual poem based on a bilingual text by Belgian singer and poet Jacques Brel.

Professional memberships

Full member of Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Member of FAWWA, WritingWA, Out of the Asylum Writers (OOTA) Committee member at WA Poets Inc., Member of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) in Western Australia, Accredited Mediator with LEADR, Member of the Media Alliance of Australia.

Academic background

Masters Degree in Criminological Sciences (Ghent, 1991), Postgraduate 'Children's Rights'.
Romaanse Filologie 1st Kan, University of Antwerp UFSIA, 1985.
Professional development in writing, editing and investigative journalism.
Trained and Accredited Mediator, LEADR, 2012.


Mother tongue Flemish (Dutch). English (second language), French (fluent) and Italian, as well as some German and notions of Kirundi.
Studied Latin Languages (French and Spanish) at UFSIA (University of Antwerp), Latin and ancient Greek at OLVP High School.

Other professional interests

Not-for-profit management (Community Vision Inc, Lung Institute of Western Australia)
Jewellery design and fabrication (Tineke Creations)
Co-convenor of 'The Small Room'
MC and chair of meetings and readings
Co-ordinator 'Love Poetry 2012', 'Poetry d'Amour' and future Valentine's literary celebrations.

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