I grew up in Gloucestershire and now live in London, where I work for the Poetry Society and as an independent literature producer and promoter at Jaybird Live Literature. My professional specialities are producing touring live lit shows and devising bookish projects with public involvement – see www.jaybird.org.uk for details of previous activities, and if you’d like to talk about working on a project with me, do get in touch.
Hannah and the Monk is my first poetry collection, published by Salt in 2008, and Twenty-Four Seven Blossom, my second, was published in 2013. You can download recordings of individual poems direct from the Poetry Archive website. Now You Can Look, an illustrated poetry pamphlet, was published by The Emma Press in 2017. Paper Trail, an artist’s book with Mike Sims and Roy Willingham was released in 2019. In 2021 is, thinks Pearl, another pamphlet, will be out with The Emma Press, and A Joy Forever: a walk out with John Keats by Mike Sims and me and illustrated by Linda Hughes will be published by Paekakariki Press.
Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @juliamarybird (although one tends to be shouting at Question Time, and the other purposely unfiltered post-it note commentary rather than deep poetry thoughts), and click about here for details of readings, projects, articles, reviews and other poetry-related news.
Photo (c) Kevin Rutterford