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From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years. 

My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.  

In 2018 I was commended in the Wirral Festival of Firsts and Poetry Space competitions. I have recently been appointed Poet-in-Residence at Chester Cathedral for a year, starting in August 2019.

I run Write for Growth workshops for creativity and well-being, and a monthly journalling group, Way With Words, in Chester. I have run regular creative writing sessions for those affected by cancer at a Maggie’s Centre, as well as other one-off sessions e.g. most recently, for a Birth Trauma recovery support group. 

Pathways Through the Page is my independently-organised CPD workshop event for fellow health professionals, though I have also been brought in to train other groups, including CRUSE, Beacon Counselling and various Hospice Counsellor groups.

I gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from Leicester University in 2001. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and also a Registered Myers-Briggs® Personality Type Practitioner.

I have an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at MMU’s Manchester Writing School, competed in 2014. I am a member of NAWE (National Writers in Education) and the Lapidus International network of writing practitioners. I also belong to the Poetry Society and am part of my local Stanza Group, Cross Border Poets. 


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I am connected to:

BACP

http://www.bacp.co.uk

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, setting standards for therapeutic practice and providing information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.

Lapidus

http://www.lapidus.org.uk

The UK organisation promoting creative therapeutic writing and reading for health and wellbeing.

NAWE

http://www.nawe.co.uk

National Association of Writers in Education, supporting the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational and community settings throughout the UK.


Creative Connections Cheshire

@CreatConneChesh

Julia McGuinness

  • About Julia

    Julia

    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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