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. Her most recent pamphlet is Out of the Weather (Smith/Doorstop 2017).

Poems in magazines – most recent.

Rise Up Review, Spring 2019
Poetry Salzberg Review, No. 33, Winter/Spring 2018/19
Ink, Sweat and Tears,
Jan 2019

Ambit, issue 234, Autumn 2018
Streetcake, issue 60, Nov 2018
Rise Up Review, Fall 2018
Orbis, #184,
Summer 2018
The Reader, No 70, Summer 2018
Strix No. 4, Summer 2018
Under the Radar,
issue 21, Summer 2018
Artemis, issue 20, May 2018
Streetcake, issue 56, Feb 2018
Brittle Star, No. 42,
Spring 2018

Butcher’s Dog, 10, Autumn 2017
The North,
Issue 58, Summer 2017
The Interpreter’s House,
No. 64, Feb. 2017

Brittle Star, No. 39, Nov. 2016
The North, No. 56, Aug. 2016 
Vol 14 (2), Summer 2016
The Rialto,
no 85, Spring 2016
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
Vol 48, Nos 1-2, Spring/Summer 2014
Brittle Star,
issue 34, July 2014
issue 6,  2014
The Interpreter’s House,
issue 56, Summer 2014
The North,
No. 52, Spring 2014
, 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)

3 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Woke up this morning after dreaming about you. Looked on my phone, and here you are! What a pleasure to find you again, and to see you doing so well (as I knew you would). Perhaps we could reconnect – if you want to?


    • Hi Wendy,
      So good to hear from you – thanks for getting in touch. Hope all’s well with you.
      I think I might have changed my email since we last saw each other, so I’m not sure I’ve got a contact for you.
      Anyway, here’s mine:
      Hope we can get in touch again.
      Take care and hope to hear from you soon.
      Julie x


    • Hi Wendy,
      Sending you another reply via the website as I can’t seem to find your email (which I know I had at some point). Drop me a line if you get this. I’d love to meet up and the Easter holiday is fast approaching! I still work in school, but as a TA (nothing like as stressful as teaching)!
      Take care and hope to hear from you.

      Julie x


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