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Poet in Residence

Julia McGuinness

Julia started out as an English teacher and re-trained as a counsellor, she brings these strands together in her work of encouraging personal writing for creativity and for wellbeing.

She completed an MA in Creative Writing at MMU in 2014, which led to her first published poetry collection, Chester City Walls. Her poetry appears in various magazines online and in print.

Julia runs writing workshops and has contributed to Retreat House Chester’s programme. She has also run sessions for cancer patients at Maggie’s Merseyside in Clatterbridge. She belongs to the Poetry Society, Cross Border Poets and joins in with Chester Poets at local events and open mic nights.

Poetry excites Julia, and the capacity of its language to open doors to hope, mystery, insight and beauty, and inspire those of all faiths and none.

She has published four non-fiction books with SPCK, including Creative Praying in Groups and Writing our Faith and has written as a freelance for the Church Times. Julia is also a Reader at St. Thomas’ and All Saints’ Ellesmere Port, where she has worshipped since 2001 and where her husband is Rector.

To discover more about Julia, visit her website here.

Read Julia’s poetry

‘Sacrament’ – May 2022
‘Change of Weather’ – February 2022
‘Medieval Key’ – September 2021

Young People’s Poetry Competition

Discover the winning entries, and the young poets who wrote them here.

Julia’s Forthcoming Events:

Passing Time – a Poetry Workshop – Saturday 17 September.  Click here for details.

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