Without a Dog (2008) 75pp. Graft Poetry, Bradford
Crafted, tender poems written with passion and purpose. An impressive debut.
- Simon Armitage
There’s a real linguistic adventurousness here, a refusal to accept the parameters of the ‘well made’ poem. Julia combines a poetry of place with one of internal landscapes to produce writing greater than the sum of its parts. A difficult feat to pull off, Julia does it beautifully.
- Ian McMillan
I read Julia Deakin’s book straight through at a single sitting, feeling at home in every one of her poems. She writes with a mature wit and wisdom that suggests that, despite her empathy with those who suffer, she finds life constantly worth celebrating.
- Anne Stevenson
The Half-Mile-High Club (2008) 32pp. Smith/Doorstop, Sheffield
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These poems dance before the reader in their exuberance and sudden dark. Sharp and knowing, they are bold, irreverent and wickedly funny.
- Alison Brackenbury
Without a dog CD (2008)
Julia reads 21 poems, and discusses the writing process with editor Nicholas Bielby. £7