This week I have been putting together the contents for an envelope to send to another poet as part of a poetic inspiration project. The project was inspired by the idea of mail art. Basically you put together a bunch of pictures, found objects, words, postcards etc and mail it to someone, then you receive an envelope from someone else on the list. It's a circle of giving. As part of mine I decided to make a collage. Because I don't seem to have enough creative time at the moment I have been mostly focusing on writing and editing poetry and reviews and I had forgotten how much I love making collage. When I practised art more collage and photography were my forms of choice. The picture above is a not very good photograph of the collage that I made for my envelope. I am looking forward to the day when I receive an envelope through the post - I am hoping that it will inspire some poems.
Julia has a BA (Hons) in Creative Writing from Norwich University College of the Arts and an MA in Creative Writing, Poetry from the University of East Anglia. Her writing explores the difficult and dark minutiae of everyday life, human relationships in all their difficulty and awkwardness and the uncomfortablenesses of the human body. She has a fascination for the surreal and likes to experiment and play. Julia's book Bird Sisters was published by Nine Arches Press in May 2016. Julia works for Gatehouse Press, is an editor for Lighthouse Literary Journal, teaches creative writing and critiques poetry manuscripts.