I am a widely published, multi-prizewinning poet who also loves teaching. With long experience at university and secondary level, I offer inspiring teaching sessions on all aspects of writing and literature to groups of any size, age or ability – tailored if necessary to KS and/or syllabus needs. I relish the challenges of the classroom and love making language’s thrills and complexities accessible.
A popular and trusted university teacher on English Literature, Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary degree programmes, my experience in marketing and advertising (as an agency-trained copywriter) gives me additional insights into language and its uses. I have a PGCE, an MA with Distinction and am a noted reader of others’ work and my own (on, for example, Poetry Please). I regularly facilitate poetry workshops and sessions for writers’ festivals; warm feedback and repeat commissions have inspired me to extend and develop this work.
P/t lecturer (0.2) at University of Bradford since 2001
COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
Lightship International Poetry 1st Prize 2012
Bare Hands Poetry 1st Prize 2012
Elmet Poetry Competition 1st Prize 2011
LIPPfest Poetry Competition 1st prize 2011
Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition 1st Prize 2011
Bridport International Prize – 2 poems shortlisted
Torriano Competition 1st Prize 2011
Huddersfield University Poetry Competition 2011 – 2nd Prize
Ilkley Festival Poetry Competition 2011 Highly Commended
Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition Winner 2008
Northern Exposure Poetry Competition 2006 1st prize
Write Out Loud Poem of the Month April 2009
Shrewsbury Literary Festival 2003: 3rd prize
Wells Poetry Competition 2002 runner-up
Nottingham Competition 2008 Commended
Aesthetica Competition 2009 Highly commended
Raise Your Banners 2009 Political Poetry Competition 4th & 5th prizes
Salopian Literary Festival 2009 Commended
Plough Prize 2010 Highly Commended
BBC Poetry Please June 2009; June 2011
www.radiowildfire.co.uk monthly streamed broadcast Sept 08 J’accuse + Interview
Dec 08 Learning to kiss
www.elfm.co.uk June 2012 wrote & presented 1 hr Word Salad’ on flight; April 2013 ‘Love the Words’ featured poet; June 2013 wrote & presented 1 hr ‘Word Salad’ on clothes.
April 2012: University of Leeds Trinity Writers’ Festival:
‘Leaving your self behind’ - workshop
March 2013 ‘The techno poem’
Sept 2010: Calderdale Word of Mouth Festival: A family affair
Sept 2009: Calderdale Word of Mouth Festival: Making history live
Pennine Poets (regularly chair)
Oct 2008: Graveney School, London SW13 3-hour mixed age/ability poetry
Huddersfield Monday Poets (frequently chair)
Ilkley Literature Fringe: Reading 2005, 2006, 2008 (group co-ordinator, reader and MC)
York Literature: Reading 2008, 2010, 2013 (Songs, Stand-up and Stanzas for the Sisterhood)
Huddersfield Literature: Opening Reading + St Paul’s Hall
Manchester Central Library: Reading 2007, 2009
Raise Your Banners (Bradford): Reading 2009
Edinburgh Fringe, Blackwells August 2011
Wakefield Literature 2012
Headingley Heart Café Jan 2013 with John Hegley
Troubadour Café, London: October 2008
Museum of London (Docklands)
Albert Poets (June 2006, Sept 2008, Jan 2010, June 2013)
Puzzle Poets (Sept 2009), Otley Poets (x3),
York Creative Works 2009
Poem and a Pint, Cumbria 2011
Poetry Library Southbank, Jan 2012
Julia Deakin worked for me in her first teaching post, so I know what a talented teacher she is.
She is also:
*sharp, funny, talented and almost as famous as she deserves to be;
*a treasure house of ideas, enthusiasm, and sheer knowledge about what makes words work;
*the first person I turn to when I want to know what to do to make my poems better.
*you’ve any doubts, check out Nick Barley’s encomium at www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6108197?
*you want someone who can spark those who think they have nothing to say, then she’s the one you want.
I could go on, but you get the picture.
Former Language and Drama Adviser, Calderdale Education;
Primary Language Co-ordinator for BA(QTS), Bretton Hall/Leeds University
Feedback from two recent mixed experience (18+) workshops:
Leaving your self behind
Nice & varied materials. Great poems came out of this session.
Really enjoyable workshop, giving me some excellent pointers on how to write for the reader instead of just myself.
Great exercises and well thought-out challenges regarding breaking habits.
Interesting approach to changing my normal writing style.
Well run. Enjoyable and worthwhile for any writer.
Really helped me move away from my own voice and try new ones.
Excellent workshop: informative and thought-provoking, Julia is a great teacher with great teaching style, helpful suggestions and tips.
Very informative. Lots of ideas to take away.
Influenced decisions on future poems I may write.
Julia was a great facilitator and gave us just the right amount of space to share our ideas. I was amazed at how productive the writing sessions were and I have the beginnings of two new poems.
Very useful in framing my thinking about technological poetry in practice – a good balance between writing, reading and discussing.
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