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Tineke Van der Eecken is a Belgian-born multilingual Australian writer with a background in social sciences (criminology) and a strong interest in art and culture. She is the author of 'Cafe d'Afrique,’ a memoir about her life in Zambia, published in 2012. Her poetry and creative non-fiction are published in Australia, Europe and in the UK. She writes and performs multilingual poetry, which won awards at the 2011 Ubud Readers and Writers Festival and the 2011 Karen W Treanor Poetry Prize. She organizes Poetry d’Amour 2013: Love Poetry on Valentine’s Day. She is currently working on her second book 'Traverse', again a memoir/travelogue set in Africa.

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Recent writing news

2016 City of Fremantle TAG Hungerford Award Shortlist (02/10/2016)

Tineke is shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 TAG Hungerford Award. Her manuscript 'Traverse' was selected with 4 other manuscripts from the unpublished manuscripts submitted to Fremantle Press for the biannual award.

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Current writing events

Book Launch 'Traverse' (15/10/2018)

Sunday 4 November 10am

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Latest book reviews

Cafe d'Afrique read by Jewish Women's group (21/05/2013)

I have just finished reading your remarkable book. What a vivid picture you paint of your immersion in life in Zambia - the struggle, the enthusiasm, the awakening, the pain and the achievement of your maturing in those precious years. How have you ever found time to marry and have a family as well?
The women in my group in NCJW gained a great deal from your visit to us, and as an avid reader, I have enjoyed and can heartily recommend your book.
Many thanks,
Jenny Shub

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Latest writing awards

'Traverse' shortlisted for 2016 TAG Hungerford Awards (02/10/2016)

From the Judges's Report:

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