Now working as an independent researcher, Julie Sampson trained as musician/teacher and later achieved a PhD on the subject of the American writer, H.D., at the University of Exeter. She taught music, then creative writing, at various colleges in the South-West; her last post was Visiting Lecturer in English, at the University of the West of England.
Julie has written since she was a child: her first tiny success was winning a children’s short story competition set by a local rural organisation. More recently, her poems have appeared in a variety of magazines, anthologies and online. Her work was included in Making Worlds; One Hundred Contemporary Women Poets, 2003, eds. Myra Schneider, Dilys Wood and Gladys Mary Coles. In 1999 one of her poems was runner-up in the Exeter Poetry Prize. More recently she’s focused her research on women writers from the South-West, especially from Devon; papers on the C16 Anne Dowriche have been published in Transactions of the Devonshire Association; an essay on H.D. in Devon appeared on the HD’s Web Newsletter; her edition of Mary Lady Chudleigh; Selected Poems was published by Shearsman, in 2009. Tessitura, Julie’s first full-length poetry collection was also published by Shearsman, in 2013:
‘Julie Sampson is a true poet; she is no slave to tradition, her work is innovative and original, but she does not compromise; she never panders to shallow trends and fleeting fashions in contemporary poetry. She is not an easy writer, she is not afraid of asking for the reader’s close attention and for our full engagement with her often complicated and challenging work, but once given this engagement always proves rewarding.’ Dr Miriam Hastings
Currently, Julie is completing a book about Devon’s women writers, (working title Women W/rites; Devon Sites). She also has a website and keeps an occasional blog
Examples of Julie’s poems. These appear in Tessitura with the exception of Canal-path which was published in Cobweb.
1894: Fran Skating on the Manor Pond