Julie-ann's first pamphlet collection, Convergence, was published in 2003 by Brodie Press and is a poignant exploration of the writer's connection to Ireland and its people, landscape, culture and history. It was awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Her first full collection, Letters North, is now available from www.brodiepress.co.uk. It continues the theme of place, capturing the shifting relationship between humankind and our natural surroundings.
Letters North was launched at the Ways with Words festival on July 12th, 2008. The main launch took place on July 19th in Bristol at the Berkeley Square Hotel, with guest poet, Jane Griffiths.
Letters North was nominated for the Inaugural Michael Murphy Memorial Prize for best collection in Britain and Ireland, 2011.
Julie-ann has over eighty poems published in magazines and anthologies, including The Stand, Agenda, The Island Review, Angle, The SHOp, The Moth, New Welsh Review, Chapman Magazine, The Reader, Mslexia magazine, South, Interpreter's House, The Frogmore Papers, Poetry Scotland, Seam, Staple, Anon, Other Poetry, Poetry Cornwall, and Cascando. Awards for poetry include first prize in the New Winter Poetry short collection, 1998, second prize in the New Writer Poetry competition 2003, runner-up in BT section of the National Poetry competition 2000. She won first prize in the Frogmore Press Poetry Competition 2005 with 'The loch at Harray' and was runner-up at the 2006 Bridport Poetry Competition with 'The Whole Red Sky' (competition anthology available to purchase). She has also received several commendations.
Julie-ann has been selected for master classes with Gillian Clarke and Matthew Sweeney, and belongs to Two River Poets and Moor Poets (both based in Devon).
She has read at Ways With Words Literature Festival, Wells Literary, uncut Poets, Exeter, the Irish Embassy, London, Text Festival (Exeter, with Michael Donaghy), Westcountry Book Fair, The Troubadour Club, London, The Tavistock Festival. Please see Events for current activities.
Read some of Julie-ann's poetry by clicking these links:
The Loch at Harray
The Whole Red Sky