Head and Shoulders Viking  Julie Maclean

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On this site I feature international poets along with my own work. I want to encourage a cross-pollination of ideas and urge poets to spread their words far and wide.

Teaching English was my passion for many years and that’s morphed into a love of writing in all genres, mainly poetry. I shifted to the coast five years ago and put all my energy into writing and creating a new garden and sanctuary for birds.

My poems have appeared in

(Australia) The Best Australian Poetry (UQP), Cordite Review, The Age, Southerly, Overland, LinQ, Red Room Company, foam:e, Rabbit Poetry, Etz, Burp,Windmills, Australian Poetry Anthologies and Journals, Wet Ink, Stylus, New Writing 26.

(International) POETRY (Chicago), B O D Y lit, Poetry Salzburg, Shearsman, Under the Radar, Obsessed with Pipework, Orbis, New Walk, The Ofi Press, Eunoia Review, Mslexia, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter’s House, Antiphon, Flarestack anthology, ‘Sylvia is Missing’, Indigo Dreams Publishing ‘Heartshoots’, The Emma Press anthologies-‘The Sea’, ‘Dance’ and ‘Motherhood’, The Bond Street Review, Dogzplot, The Nassau Review, Kind of a Hurricane Press.


In 2012 a full manuscript was shortlisted for Salt‘s Crashaw Prize, UKThis manuscript went on to win the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize (Indigo Dreams Publishing, UK) and the publication of ‘When I Saw Jimi’ in 2013.

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My latest collection, Kiss of the Viking, was inspired by travels to Scandinavia.It was published by Poetry Salzburg in October 2014. The pink cover is not exactly me but a beautiful stroke of irony by Wolfgang and Andreas at Poetry Salzburg.



Maclean CoverAn e-chapbook, You Love You Leave was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press (US) in Feb 2014.

You can download here for free. http://barometricpressures.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/you-love-you-leave-july-maclean.html


In 2016 Indigo Dreams, UK, will publish a pamphlet that Terry Quinn and I have been working on together. We’ve called it To Have to Follow. It’s a collection of reply-poems triggered by word, form, nuance-anything really. It seems to roam all over the globe in subject and style. Terry and I were joint winners of the Geoff Stevens Prize in 2013 and this has been a very happy and harmonious project. I love the way the internet provides such opportunities to meet new writers and share work. Terry lives in Preston, Lancs and I live on the Surf Coast, Victoria.

Terry Quinn and I launching When I Saw Jimi, Birmingham, UK, 2013


                            Cassandra Atherton launching ‘Kiss of the Viking’ in Geelong


Kiss of the Viking

Lucy Furlong

Pippa Little http://www.thelakepoetry.co.uk/reviews/december14/

Anne Elvey

Also in The JournalSam Smith  and Envoi Paul McDonald

And what they said about Jimi…

David Brooks These poems have an appreciable crispness, surprise, intensity and clarity. Maclean has broken through to that rare space-call it maturity of perception, a keen sense of image-that most poets never get to. This is strong and enlivening work.

Maria Takolander    I found the poems engaging and moving. I loved the boldness and edginess of it, but there is also so much pathos and vulnerability. This is poetry that you won’t want to stop reading. Its attractions are manifold: the milieu of the swinging sixties; love affairs that are by turns erotic, comic, tender and violent; unsentimental and powerful elegies; and an urgent attention to the surprising and plangent condition of our lives.

Chris Hamilton-Emery of Salt, UK has said of my short listed manuscript for the Crashaw Prize,  superb new collections….by major new talents.


Links to interviews and features

Julie Maclean, interviewed by Stuart Barnes | Tincture Journal

Julie Maclean Tells Us Where She Is


Julie Maclean


Links to some of my poems online














One response to “About

  1. Hi Julie, good to be in contact you and thank you for the mention in ‘What’s New?’ Wishing you continued success with your writing projects, Josephine

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