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Blue Umbrellas

  Since my last workshop at Staffordshire University the other Saturday, I’ve been thinking about blue umbrellas. Not that it rained on the day. In fact, I was impressed by the commitment and goodwill of the twenty-four counselling students sat indoors on a sunny April day, studying the therapeutic aspects of writing. No, ‘Blue Umbrellas’ […]

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  • About 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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