Dael Allison is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Newcastle. Her research focus is the literary voice of Newcastle, an evaluation of published literature of the region since settlement, including fiction, memoir-fiction, theatre and poetry. Her creative focus is a volume of Newcastle-based short stories. Her Master of Creative Arts from UTS, 2012, centred on artist Ian Fairweather and resulted in a volume of poetry Fairweather’s Raft, featured as a soundscape on Poetica in 2014. She won the inaugural Varuna LitLink/NRWC Award for an unpublished novel, 2009, the Varuna/Picaro Press Chapbook Award in 2010, the Northern Territory Literary Award for Essay (2008) and the 2007 Wildcare International Essay Prize, as well as several poetry prizes, including the 2012 Henry Kendall Poetry Award.