Texta book club: Dead Bolt

Past event

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

In-person event 19 October: Register now

To coincide with the 2021 Alumni Triennial exhibition at QUT Art Museum, we will be discussing Dead Bolt, a collection of poems from Brisbane-based poet and QUT alumnus Ella Jeffery, which won the inaugural Puncher & Wattmann Prize for a First Book of Poems in 2020.

The evening commences with a tour of the current exhibition, followed by a beverage of your choice and conversations about Dead Bolt. Discussions will include audio descriptions of the artworks, which make art accessible for people who are blind or with low vision.

About Texta

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice Faculty.

Texta is held throughout the year on Tuesday evenings. Purchase this title from the Bookshop at the QUT Depot. You can listen to Ella Jeffery give a reading from Dead Bolt as part of the Queensland Poetry Festival 2020 here.

Participants must register and read our COVID Safe guidelines before attending. If you are unwell please cancel your booking.


Texta book club

Past event

QUT Art Museum, William Robinson Gallery or online


QUT Art Museum


19 October 2021






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