Julian Stannard is a poet and a university teacher.
He obtained his PhD from UEA and is now a Reader in English and Creative Writing at the University of Winchester, where for five years he was the Programme Leader for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing. He is a PhD supervisor.
He writes critical studies – his most recent book was about the work of Basil Bunting (Liverpool University Press) -
- as well as reviews, essays, and poetry.
His most recent collection is What were you thinking?
His work appears variously in TLS, Poetry, Manhattan Review, Salamander (USA), Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Spectator, Guardian, Telegraph, Ambit, The Honest Ulsterman, Axon (Australia), Nuova Corrente (Italy), as well as anthologies such as Best British Poetry (Salt, 2014), The Best of Poetry London: Prose and Poetry: 1988-2013 (Carcanet, 2014), Twelve Poems for Christmas ed. Carol Anne Duffy (Candlestick Press, 2015) and The Forward Book of Poetry (Faber, 2017).
An essay on the poetry of Leonard Cohen appears in Spirituality and Desire in the Poems and Songs of Leonard Cohen: Visions from The Tower of Song (Cambridge Scholars, 2017).
He is at present writing a study of British and American poetry entitled Transatlantic Conversations in Poetry: 1945-2015 (Peter Lang).
He has read at various literary festivals, including the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, as well as literary venues in the UK, mainland Europe and the USA - including London, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Paris, Rome, Prague, Genoa, Basle, Munich, New York, Montana and Boston.
He teaches for the Poetry School (London) and is often invited to organise and lead workshops in a freelance capacity including the WEA.
He is both a Hawthornden and Bogliasco Fellow and has been a visiting Erasmus scholar at Charles University Prague and the SWP University of Warsaw.
Presently he is an External Examiner for the MA in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University and the BA programme in English and Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University.
He was awarded the International Troubadour Prize for Poetry in 2010 as well as the Norwich Cafe Poets’ Prize for Comedic Writing (2017) and has been nominated for both Forward and Pushcart Prizes.
From 1984 to 2005 he lived for long periods in Italy, where he taught English and American Literature at the University of Genoa. He has written poetry about that
mysterious port city
In 2018 Canneto Editore brought out a bilingual publication of his Genoese poems called Sottoripa which has received considerable critical attention in Italy. Translations by Massimo Bacigalupo (University of Genoa) and there are photographs by the award winning photographer and Human Rights Activist Martina Bacigalupo.
In 2019 Green Bottle Press (London) are publishing a collaborative work – combining images and words - with the painter and novelist Roma Tearne, former Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
A new collection will be published by Salt in 2020.
Julian's publications are available at