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About Tineke Van der Eecken

Tineke Van der Eecken is a Belgian-born Fremantle (Western Australia) based artist and writer. She is a published author of three books: two novels 'Café d'Afrique: a Personal Discovery' and Traverse, and a collection of poems: A Place to Land.

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 Australian journals such as Going Down Swinging, Grieve, Famous Reporter, Oxygen and Tamba, and in the 2023 anthology of Western Australian Poets: cuttlefish.  

Listen to her conversation with Writing WA CEO William Yeoman on Podstreet


As well as writing, she creates works in fine metal and other visual art. Find out more here

Literary Awards
  • Second Prize in Ros Spencer Poetry Contest 2020-2021.

  • 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 and Residencies
Katherine Susannah Pritchard Residency for Emerging Writers, 2018. 

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

Investigative journalism  'Fund Pascal Decroos' Belgium, 2003 and 2004.
Professional memberships
  • Literati Member of Writing WA

  • Member at WA Poets Inc

  • Member of Out of the Asylum Writers (OOTA)

  • Chairperson of JMGA WA

  • 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
  • The Delphi Project 

  • ​Jewellery design and visual art  (Tineke Creations)

  • Restorative Justice and Mediation
  • Co-founder and co-coordinator (until 2019) of Poetry d'Amour 
  • 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)

  • Leadership WA (Western Australia)

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