ABOUT

TINEKE

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About Tineke Van der Eecken

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

Tineke Van der Eecken now considers Walyalup (Fremantle, Western Australia) home. Her Flemish-Australian heritage strongly influences her work, which is often multilingual: she writes in English, Dutch, French, and sometimes in other languages. Her writing is also informed by experiences in Burundi, Zambia, Madagascar and the UK.

 

All the places that mean something to Tineke Van der Eecken have been damaged by colonial history, and her writing often examines the struggles of human connection within this context. Her memoir Traverse (Wild Weeds Press 2018) was shortlisted for the TAG Hungerford Award, and follows Café d'Afrique (Tineke Creations 2012).

 

Her poems have appeared in various media, including the UK journal The Lake, the New Zealand magazine Blackmail Press, and the Australian journals Going Down Swinging, Famous Reporter, and Tamba. As well as writing, she makes jewellery and visual art and works as a mediator. 

Literary Awards
  • Finalist in Ros Spencer Poetry Contest 2020-2021. Award ceremony 20 November 2021

  • Shortlist TAG Hungerford Awards 2016 for manuscript 'Traverse', Fremantle Press.

  • 'Highly Commended' OOTA Poetry Awards 2012 for 'Ode to Brel'

  • Winner Katherine W Treanor Poetry Award 2011 for 'On Language'

Scholarships
PhD in creative writing, Arts Department, Murdoch University, Australia (2018)

Investigative journalism  'Fund Pascal Decroos' Belgium
Professional memberships
  • Literati Member of Writing WA

  • Member at WA Poets Inc

  • Member of Out of the Asylum Writers (OOTA)

  • Nationally Accredited Mediator with the Australian RESOLUTION INSTITUTE.

  • Chairperson of JMGA WA

Languages
  • Mother tongue Flemish (Dutch)

  • English (language spoken at home & work) 

  • French (fluent)

  • Italian

  • Some German

  • Notions of Kirundi

  • Studied Latin Languages (French and Spanish) at UFSIA (University of Antwerp)

  • Latin and ancient Greek at OLVP High School

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

Other professional interests
  • Jewellery design and fabrication (Tineke Creations)

  • Restorative Justice
  • Co-coordinator of Poetry d'Amour 2011-2019 
  • MC and sessions chair at Perth International Arts Festival Writers Week 2012-2019

  • Representative of Vlamingen In de Wereld for Western Australia (VIW)

  • Not-for-profit management (WritingWA, Community Vision Inc, Lung Institute of Western Australia)

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