Biography

Julie Mellor was born in Penistone, where she lives with her partner and her most treasured possession: her dog. After doing various jobs, including working in a shoe shop on London’s Oxford Street, and as an au pair in Sicily, she gained a degree in English at the University of Huddersfield. She went on to do an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam, followed by a PhD, which she completed in 2003. Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Ambit, Mslexia, The North and The Rialto. Her pamphlet, Breathing Through Our Bones, published in 2012, was a winner in the Poetry Business pamphlet competition. ‘Poems with a real ability to own their subject – whether spontaneous combustion or the collective thought of geese – and which remain to intrigue long after reading’ – Carol Ann Duffy.

Poems in magazines – most recent.


The Interpreter’s House,
No. 64, Feb. 2017
Brittle Star,
No. 39, Nov. 2016
The North, No. 56, Aug. 16 
Stand,
Vol 14 (2), Summer 2016
The Rialto,
no 85, Spring 2016
Mslexia,
issue 68, Dec/Jan/Feb 2015/16
The Frogmore Papers,
No 86, Oct. 2015
Mslexia, issue 67,
Sept/Oct/Nov 2015
Brittle Star,
issue 36, May 2015
Obsessed With Pipework,
No 69, Feb 2015
Ambit, 219,
Winter 2015
The Rialto,
no 81, Summer’s End 2014
Butcher’s Dog
issue 4, Autumn 2014
Agenda,
Vol 48, Nos 1-2, Spring/Summer 2014
Brittle Star,
issue 34, July 2014
Cake,
issue 6,  2014
The Interpreter’s House,
issue 56, Summer 2014
The North,
No. 52, Spring 2014
Mslexia
, issue 61, Mar-May 2014
Ambit, 216, Spring 2014
Butcher’s Dog issue 3, Spring 2014
Magma, issue 58, spring 2014

She has won prizes in The Barnet Open, judged by Martyn Crucefix, The Elmet, judged by Kathleen Jamie, The York Open, judged by Neil Rollinson, the Brittle Star competition, judged by Mimi Khalvati and the Nottingham Open, judged by Liz Berry.

Prose Fiction

‘Diving’, The Unexpected Pond, Route, 2000
‘Cry for Help’, London Magazine, Aug/Sept 1999
‘The Girl In the Mirror’, Tubthumping (Yorkshire Art Circus, 1998)
‘A Kitten Called Ursula’, The Nerve (Virago 1998)
‘A Gift From The Angels’, Arc Short Stories, Vol.9 (Arc, 1998)

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