Head and Shoulders Viking  Julie Maclean

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On this site I feature Australian and 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 small birds.

My poems have appeared in

(Australia) The Best Australian Poetry (UQP), Southerly, Island, Cordite Review, The Age,  Overland, LinQ, Plumwood Mountain, Red Room Company, foam:e, Rabbit Poetry, Etz, Burp,Windmills, Australian Poetry Journal (3), Australian Poetry Anthology (3), Wet Ink, Stylus, New Writing 26, 27 (Best poem 2016).

(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. Forthcoming in Rialto. New chapbook ‘Lips that Did’ due from Dancing Girl Press, US.



Available here: http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/jm-tq/4592549902

Reviews here:



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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.

Available here: http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/julie-maclean/4576429121











Kiss of the Viking, was inspired by travels to Scandinavia in search of Noir. It was published by Poetry Salzburg in October 2014.

Available here: http://www.poetrysalzburg.com/viking.htm


Lucy Furlong http://sabotagereviews.com/2014/10/17/kiss-of-the-viking-by-juliemaclean/

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

Anne Elvey http://cordite.org.au/reviews/elvey-maclean-hannaford/

Also in SouthThe JournalSam Smith  and Envoi- Paul McDonald

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

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


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

           Cassandra Atherton launching ‘Kiss of the Viking’ in Geelong, 2014

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

Links to some of my poems online









3 responses 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

  2. Looking forward to the new book, Julie! Congratulations. x

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