Poetry And Home with Ella Jeffery

Poetry And Home with Ella Jeffery

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$35 – $115

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Queensland Writers Centre

State Library of Queensland

Stanley Place

South Brisbane, QLD 4101


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Finding the unfamiliar in the familiar: learn to use familiar surroundings to produce fresh, startling poetry.

About this event

We’ve spent more time than ever in our homes over the last few years. In this workshop you’ll learn how to transform those familiar, everyday spaces and routines into material for fresh, unusual and startling poems. Starting from the home and moving outwards, into the built spaces we move through every day, this workshop will help you use poetry to see the world around you in a new way. You’ll learn how to use poetic techniques to transform familiar places into encounters with the unexpected and learn how to generate compelling ideas for your poetry. You’ll draft poems of your own and practice seeing the spaces you move through in a brand new way.

This event has been postponed from its original date of 25 June. All original tickets are valid for the new date on 30 July.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn to generate new ideas using everyday place and space.
  • Learn to use poetic techniques to surprise your reader.
  • Produce short drafts of new poetry.
  • Read, discuss and share feedback on works-in-progress.


This is a hybrid workshop with a focus on craft; it will be held in-person at Queensland Writers Centre and live streamed simultaneously to an online audience. It is a level 1 course for writers of all levels.

About Ella:

Ella Jeffery is a poet, critic and editor. Her debut collection of poems, Dead Bolt, won the Puncher & Wattmann Prize for a First Book of Poems, the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Award. She is a recipient of a 2019 Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award and a 2021 Queensland Writers Fellowship. Her poetry has been published widely in journals and anthologies including Meanjin, Griffith Review, Island and Best Australian Poems.

For more information about Queensland Writers Centre’s Program of Events and answers to FAQs, please visit: www.queenslandwriters.org.au/program-info

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