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Julian Turner

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  • Julian Turner has published three previous collections of poetry: Crossing the Outskirts, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize best first collection in 2002, Orphan Sites (2006) and Planet-Struck (2011). Born in Cheadle Hulme, near Manchester, in 1955, he was educated at New College, Oxford and Goldsmiths, London. From 2013-15 he was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Leeds University. He lives with his partner in Otley, West Yorkshire, and works as a writer and counsellor.
    'Turner's poems evoke the fourfold, anagogic phases of being and consciousness familiar to readers of both the Romantic poet, and his interpreters'

    Fred Muratori, The Manhatten Review

     "There is a vast unfathomable symmetry to Julian Turner's new collection, whose conclusion in deep space is as intrinsically unknowable as the remote landscape of the Cairngorms in which the opening poem, Lairig Grhu, is set."
    Steve Whitaker, The Yorkshire Times

    'A blighted tree is said to be planet-struck. Similarly epilepsy, paralysis, lunacy and so on are attributed to the malignant influence of  planets'
    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
    Awards won by Julian Turner Short-listed, 2002 Waterstone's Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection (Crossing the Outskirts) Commended, 2011 Poetry Book Society (PBS): Choice - Spring (Planet-Struck)
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