Lisa Gorton has a PhD on the poetry of John Donne from the University of Oxford. She is a poet and novelist, essayist and reviewer. Her first poetry collection Press Release won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry; her second, Hotel Hyperion was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. Her novel The Life of Houses was the co-winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction. She is the author of Cloudland, a novel for children.