My thesis has won the University Research Medal

On Wednesday I received a letter from Edith Cowan University saying that my PhD thesis has won their University Research Medal for the best thesis of 2018, as well as their School of Arts and Humanities Research Medal. This is a win not only for me but for poetry, writing, the arts and the humanities.

My thesis is a collection of poems and creative prose accompanied by a set of essays about poetry. The poems are to be published soon by Recent Work Press ( as a book entitled “A coat of ashes”. The rest of the thesis is online at It includes a few of the poems, quoted in the fourth essay.