Tineke Van der Eecken is a Belgian-born Fremantle (Western Australia) based 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.

Awards and Publications

  • 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.


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).


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 multilinguism, 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 multilingual 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.

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.

  • 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
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