The Postmistress has noticed that despite 6 months of living a nomadic existence followed by a year of ill health and retiring to the cave, Julie has still managed to be involved with a number of exciting projects in 2011 and 2012. Poems were included in anthologies including: Bugged (buggedblog.wordpress.com) Seven Leaves, One Autumn ( edited by Sukrita Paul Kumar and Savita Singh and published by Rajkamal Prakashan) and Split-Screen (edited by Andy Jackson, published by Red Squirrel Press) Poems have also been published on a variety of internet sites including Ink, Sweat and Tears on Boxing Day.
Two large scale THSH Concerts2Kerbstones projects Ladywood Goes on a Bearhunt (a long poem by Julie and illustrated by Zora Pane was published as part of this project) and another Bluebeard Castle project with intergenerational groups and a variety of artists resulting in a film animation and DVD which included the making of poetry quilts and the perfomance of a new piece (with Pens) entitled Dark Symphony.
Educational projects include residencies and workshops at literary festivals and projects for Creative Partnerships, Cre8us, Write on, Well Versed, NHS, Warwickhire Libraries and individual schools such as Kingsley in Redditch. The podcast Iron Man – A Taste for Writing was produced by Monty Funk Productions after Julie led a project at Knowle C of E Primary School, in Solihull, for Cre8us. (This podcast is available free online from Monty Funk Productions)
The postmistress had been interested to observe that Julie has continued to produce a variety of commissions – the current challenge, set by Poetry on Loan is to write a poem for the Olympics.