Julia Deakin

Julia Deakin was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north via the Potteries, Manchester and York to Huddersfield where she began writing poems on a poetry MA. Widely published, she has featured on Poetry Please and won several competitions. ‘Reading is a perk of the job,’ she says. ‘If only it were a job.’

In 2013 she was one of four poets to walk the 47-mile Stanza Stones trail, learning the trail backwards to conduct ‘walkshops’ around Simon Armitage’s seven carved poems. She has duetted once or twice with with John Hegley, contributes to schools writing days and, when not teaching at Bradford University, chips away at her third collection.



‘Sharp and knowing, these poems dance before the reader in their exuberance and sudden dark. They are bold, irreverent and wickedly funny.’ — Alison Brackenbury on The Half-Mile-High-Club.

'Crafted, tender poems, written with passion and purpose,’ - Simon Armitage on 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’ - Ian McMillan.

‘Powerful, assured, elegant. Her formal skill and inventiveness make this a rich and eclectic collection. Those who, like me, have admired her individual poems in the past, will be struck by their cumulative strength and range, and this book deserves to win her many new readers.’ - Michael Symmons Roberts on her second book, Eleven Wonders (Graft 2012).


How amazing it must be to be a raven, off-duty from policing fields
to loop the loop and skywrite hearts for your inamorata, kids again
and high as kites on thermals of adrenaline, breakdancing in the clouds,
the world below behind above thrown off in dead feint after dead feint
to impress the mate. Watch me, watch me die for how you make me feel
alive. How weedy by comparison our overtures: I’ll cook, I’ll drive,
I’ll text you, have some flowers. One in a thousand in a heady hour
hanging a lipstick banner from a first floor window.

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