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Ella Jeffery Ella Jeffery i(A149117 works by)
Gender: Female
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Ella Jeffery's poetry and short fiction have appeared in literary journalsincluding Stilts and Rex, and in QUTE magazine. She was born on the far north coast of New South Wales and moved to Brisbane in 2009, where she studied creative writing at QUT. She has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Young Writer and Publisher of the Year (in 2018), and her first volume of poetry was the inaugural winner of the Puncher & Wattmann Prize for a First Book of Poetry.

She holds a PhD from QUT, which was the recipient of the 2018 award for an outstanding doctoral thesis.

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y separately published work icon Dead Bolt Waratah : Puncher and Wattmann , 2020 20769654 2020 selected work poetry

'This is a captivating and varied collection. No matter what Ella Jeffery turns her attention to, her subjects find sharp resolution in language that has been subtly crafted and beautifully honed. These poems carry their insights deftly and intensely, her lens always focussed on those alchemical images that move her work from sensation into perception, from observation into shimmering awareness. Everything shines with the gloss of her highly polished linguistic and imaginative skills. Her work is a triumph and a delight.
– Judith Beveridge

'As its title suggests, Dead Bolt is a meditation on home and its ability to become suddenly unhomely or uncanny. Ella Jeffery’s poetry ranges from the plangent and elegiac to the comic and satirical. It attends to both the eye and the ear; its extraordinary imagery is matched by a marvellous attention to poetry’s sonic capacity. Dead Bolt is a compelling, exquisitely realised debut. 
– David McCooey

'I love Ella Jeffery’s poetry. Like Elizabeth Bishop’s, it is companionable and unshowily surprising, and has perfect timing. Jeffery is clear-eyed and has a gift for the exact word, one that opens a rift. This is a masterly and original first collection—a major work.
– Lisa Gorton'

Source : publisher's blurb

2021 shortlisted ASAL Awards Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry
2020 winner Anne Elder Award
2019 inaugural winner Puncher and Wattmann First Book of Poetry Prize
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