QUT Creative Lab postgraduate alumni, now lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of Creative Practice, Ella Jeffery was announced yesterday as the winner of the inaugural Puncher & Wattman First Book Poetry Prize for her work Dead Bolt. Written as part of her practice-led PhD completed last year, Dead Bolt is a collection of poems that explores home and unhomeliness, exile and intimacy. The poems shift between Australia and China, asking questions about language and memory that uproot and estrange us from settled or emplaced ideas about home. In announcing the winner, Puncher & Wattmann cited the judges comments on the work “This is a forthright, necessary writing by someone who is really thinking… An intensely lyrical, sometimes imagistic collection, Jeffery has a confident voice and an original sensibility.”
The award will see Dead Bolt published by Puncher & Wattman shortly.