Our second Poet in Residence, for 2019/20 is Julia McGuinness.
Julia McGuinness started out as an English teacher, and subsequently re-trained as a counsellor. She brings these strands together in her work of encouraging personal writing for creativity and for wellbeing.
Julia completed an MA in Creative Writing at MMU in 2014, which led to her first published poetry collection, Chester City Walls. Elsewhere
her poetry appears in various magazines online and in print. Reflections on Life’s Road can be found in Ian Bradley’s Colonies of Heaven.
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 and its local Stanza group, Cross Border Poets. She also joins in with Chester Poets and others at local events and Open Mic nights.
Julia is excited by possibilities of poetry, and the capacity of its language to open doors into hope, mystery, insight and beauty, and to 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 written as a freelance for the Church Times.
Julia is a Reader at St. Thomas’ and All Saints’ Ellesmere Port, where she has worshipped since 2001 and where her husband is Rector.