Sleepless by Julia Deakin
Julia Deakin’s fourth full-length poetry collection is now available from Valley Press. The new book consolidates critical and popular acclaim for her first three collections, each praised by leading UK poets. ‘Sleepless’ offers no cure for insomnia, but ‘poets can lose sleep over everything, from climate change to commas’ says Julia. Her hard-hitting, wryly humorous and intensely humane collection probes our emotions, digs deep for grains of common sense and plumbs the depths of our conscience to ascertain how truly awake we are.
Of ‘Sleepless’ Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales 2008-2016, says: ‘From the first poem’s quiet lyricism to the final poem’s dazzling thirty sentences, these are witty, sometimes experimental, always musical, sharp-eyed, intelligent poems that ring in this reader’s mind. A fine collection.’
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. Previously published as a feature writer and reviewer, her poems soon found widespread acclaim. One was read at Lynda Bellingham’s funeral and published in several online newspapers. Two have featured on Poetry Please and many others won competitions.
Michael Symmons Roberts praised her previous book, ‘Eleven Wonders’ (Graft 2012) as ‘powerful, assured, elegant. Her formal skill and inventiveness make this a rich and eclectic collection.
In 2013 she was one of four poets to walk the 47-mile Stanza Stones trail, learning the trail and the poems backwards to conduct ‘walkshops’ around Simon Armitage’s engraved poems. A compelling reader, she has performed throughout the UK as well as in Cork and Chicago.
The Road to Hastings 978 - 1066
The text covers the period from Aethelred the Unready to the final showdown between William of Normandy and Hatrold II at Hastings. Each king and their part in maintaining that link between the two is considered beginning with Emma of Normandy and her marriage to Aethelred and later to Cnut. The current site of the battle is questioned due to a lack of archaeology, as is the Anglo-Saxon use of cavalry and battle tactics. Original sources and prior authors works have been compared to provide a more complete coverage of the subject than currently available to students of the period. Naturally the Bayeux Tapestry is also dissected and its restorations and alterations are considered.
Update: Marriage and new role
Hi, I got married in October 2018 to Calvin Maserow from Cape Town, South Africa. We were married at the Beverly Hills Courthouse. Separately, I would also like to announce my new employment. I am now the Associate Director of Annual Giving at UCLA Law.
An exciting new role!
In October 2018 I started in a new role as Events Officer for the Wordsworth Trust, creating and running a programme of creative and inspiring literary-themed events for those living in and visiting Cumbria.
An exciting new role!
Eleanor started as Communications Coordinator at St Helen and St Katharine school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in March 2018 – a fantastic place with a big emphasis on female empowerment and confidence-building.
Ex lecturer seeking advice!
Christopher Hill was a lecturer, later senior lecturer in Politics and founding Director of the Centre for Southern African Studies.
“I have taken up blogging and Twitter late in life, and would like more followers, and advice on how to entice them. I find Twitter a bit weird, but enjoyable. Any advice would be welcome.
The blog is at rothercottage.wordpress.com and connects automatically with Twitter.
Its name is Bats in the Belfrey (NB When someone told me that I had mis-spelt belfry it was too late: the correct spelling was already taken).
My Twitter name is @ChristoHill3″
Get in touch with Christopher if you think you can help!
It's never too late to learn
I first graduated in History/Politics at York in 1974 and then followed a career in criminal justice and social care until 2011. I followed up some work I had started on railway history in 1973 by studying for a PhD in Railway Studies in which I graduated in 2018; having become a State pensioner in November 2017. I thoroughly enjoyed my recent graduation, seeing all the young people starting off on the next phase in their life and careers. Much has changed, but York still has the same inclusive feel that I remember from the 1970s. I recently found an old photograph of my first graduation (attached) – it brought back many happy memories and my recent experience shows it’s never too late to enjoy the pleasure of learning.
A new company: Tickets Ignite
Alumnus Emily Thommes has set up a new company, Tickets Ignite, a ticketing and box office platform revolutionising funding for live events by putting booking fees back into the arts.
By creating an event with the platform, artists and their collaborators become eligible to apply for funding from the Ignite Fund.
Frustrated by the lack of funding for new work, Emily aims to channel the vast amount of money being lost to the ticketing industry back into the arts.
Everyone hates booking fees – Tickets Ignite puts them to better use!
A new role
Having taught at a variety of schools and universities, I have recently started a tuition business, based just around the corner from the University of York at 23 Yarburgh Way. As well as offering English and maths tuition to students aged 6 years and older, I also provide practice for the PGCE Skills Tests. Starting this business has always been a goal of mine and I am delighted that it has come to fruition.
Army Musician, the Band of the Parachute Regiment, Colchester
As an Army musician, my main duty is to musically support the British Army at home and aboard, such as performing in marching bands for military and remembrance parades (e.g. the Queen’s Birthday, London Cenotaph Remembrance), as well as regimental functions and dinner nights. Musicians also conduct education workshops with schools and music services, as well as promoting wind band music through concerts. Our secondary role on operations would include nuclear decontamination and medical support.
My lovely experience as Chair and Conductor of the university’s Concert Band and Wind Orchestra has strongly encouraged me to have pursued this career. Apart from being musically challenged, the opportunity to administrative and musically manage a musical ensemble had strongly developed my confidence, interpersonal skills and leadership skills, which are all vital to being a soldier. The joyful memories of performing and busking in York as well as touring abroad created so many lovely memories and developed a strong passion about wind bands in me. All of these have made me feel very privileged and proud to be a York graduate!
The Red Gene
My second novel, ‘The Red Gene’, will be published by Urbane Publications in April. Already available for pre-order on Amazon.
“This fine historical novel traces the intergenerational legacies of the Spanish civil war through two groups of families, English and Spanish. At the narrative core is an English nurse who volunteered in the civil war, was caught in the violence of the Republican defeat and eventually returned to Britain. The parallel narrative follows three generations of Spanish families whose lives, unknowingly but irrevocably, were intertwined with Rose’s Spanish experiences. The author, an English writer and long- resident in Granada, effortlessly evokes the powerful ethos of the civil war and of life during the dictatorship and the post-Franco transition to democracy. Quite simply, this is an enthralling novel with real historical heft.” –Judith Keene, University of Sydney
A new role
It’s not my first graduate role but the most exciting- I’ve been offered a copywriting job in Vancouver, Canada. I got my masters degree from York, not my undergraduate, but the recognisable name on my CV has been a great help with applications.