JULIA DEAKIN was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north via the Potteries, Manchester and York to Huddersfield. She has read on www.radiowildfire.com and is widely published. She won the 2006 Northern Exposure Prize and was a 2007 Poetry Business Competition winner.
‘Crafted, tender poems, written with passion and purpose,’ said Simon Armitage of her first collection, Without a Dog (Graft, 2008). Anne Stevenson ‘read it straight through at a single sitting’ enjoying its ‘mature wit and wisdom’. ‘Real linguistic inventiveness’ said Ian McMillan. ‘Bold, irreverent and wickedly funny,’ said Alison Brackenbury of The Half-Mile-High-Club.
PUBLICATIONS | PERFORMANCE HISTORY
'Without a dog' (2008) 75pp. Graft Poetry, Bradford
‘The Half-Mile-High Club' (2008) 32pp. Smith/Doorstop, Sheffield
'Without a dog' CD (2008)
5 poems + critical profile in K.E.Smith: 'Mind and Body' (Fighting Cock Press 2006)
2 tracks on '40 years of Pennine Poets: a celebration' CD (Fighting Cock Press 2007)
COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
Northern Exposure Poetry Competition 2006 1st prize
Poetry Business Competition Winner 2008
Many other competition, magazine and website awards
Poems in: Aesthetica Creative Works Annual 2010, Acumen (4 issues), Aireings (5 issues), Anon (2 issues), Envoi, nth Position, Octavo (2 issues), Orbis (3 issues), Pennine Platform (5 issues), Raw Edge (3 issues), Poetry Monthly, Poetry London, Stand, Staple (2 issues), Swarm, The North (3 issues), The Rialto (2 issues).
www.radiowildfire.com (monthly streamed broadcast)
FESTIVALS & READINGS - see below
WORKSHOP | READINGS EXPERIENCE","REFERENCE/S
Pennine Poets; Huddersfield Monday Poets (frequently chair)
Sept 2009: Calderdale Word of Mouth Festival: 'Making history live' museum-based workshop
Qualified, experienced teacher/university lecturer
Ilkley Literature Fringe: Reading 2005, 2006, 2008 (group co-ordinator, reader and MC)
York Literature: Reading 2008, 2010
Huddersfield Literature: Opening Reading + St Paul’s Hall
Manchester Central Library: Reading 2007, 2009
Raise Your Banners (Bradford): Reading 2009
OTHER READINGS across the north and London
GROUP SIZE PREFERENCE
GROUP AGE PREFERENCE
AREA/S PREPARED TO TRAVEL
Would appreciate travel expenses and, particularly for workshops, a modest fee in respect of the preparation involved.