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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.

Background Information

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 to remote parts of the world with her geologist husband to remote places such as Papua New Guinea, Easter Island and Madagascar. The family, including Hannah (16) and Toto (14), 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.
Birth Place
Fremantle, WA Australia

Katherine W Treanor Poetry Award 2011.Ubud Readers and Writers Festival 2011 Poetry Slam Festival Choice Award.

Full length work'Café d'Afrique: a Personal Discovery', 280p, Tineke Creations, 2012.'Café d'Afrique', memoir/travelogue, 286p, YouwriteOn, 2008.'Traverse', memoir/travelogue, in progress.

'For Séraphine' published in Blackmail Press #31 'Marginalization', January 2012.'Good Morning' in Creatrix #15, Poetry and Haiku Journal, December 2011.'Like a Person' & 'Come right', in Creatrix 11, poetry, Poetry and Haiku Journal, December 2010.

Short story
'The Convoy' in Dreamcatcher 24, short story, Summer 2011.'Dive the deep blue' in Indigo 5, short story, Summer 2010.

'Expeditie Madagaskar' in MO*magazine, April 2009.'A Zambian network of plunder with Belgian fibres' (original title: Een Zambiaans plundernetwerk met Belgische draadjes), feature article in MO*, October 2006.'Grave concerns - Aboriginal deaths in custody', article, New Internationalist, July 2004.'Aboriginal sorrow. Aboriginal people in Australian prisons', feature article, MO* July 2003 (Dutch language).'Flying magistrate crosses last frontier', Het Nieuwsblad/De Gentenaar/Het Volk, articles, 24 March 2004 (Dutch language).

Contact Information
Tineke Creations 
Contact Author: Tineke Van der Eecken
Favorite Links

Café d'Afrique: A Personal Discovery
The official website of 'Café d'Afrique: A Personal Discovery', a travel memoir written by Tineke Van der Eecken about the Zambian culture, music, food and dance.

Tineke Creations
Website about Tineke Van der Eecken's jewellery art with link to her writing website

Tineke Van der Eecken
Tineke Van der Eecken's writing website

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