Comments and Reviews

Reviews of Bird Sisters:

Praise for Bird Sisters:

‘Glittering and shadowy, the ‘magic’ of this first collection is anchored in the ‘real’ of nylon sheets, a rented TV, Thetford Forest… Its language is spare and supple, wry, and can stun with such transformations as “a baby dandled on the knee of the sea” (‘Quiet Man Norfolk’) and “Water held a knife to the throat of the village” (‘Water’). Beset by the dark instability of a particular family’s life, Bird Sisters exerts a powerful hold, as if to read it is to be haunted by things one half-remembers.’ – Moniza Alvi

‘There is something both comforting and predatory about the sisters that keep reappearing in Julia Webb’s first collection. It is a visceral world they inhabit where people and animals partake of each other’s existence through constant metamorphosis. Everyday life is full of demons and, as the father in one of the poems has it, THE DEVIL’S WORK. All is strange or estranged in fact, but it is articulated in poems of supple inventive concentration. In that sense Bird Sisters is a book that casts deep shadows.’
– George Szirtes

Other comments on my work:

“I admire its raw energy, the distinctive, palpable voice, and its compelling momentum, and altogether, I appreciate the poem’s ambition and the author’s willingness to take risks.” (Carrie Etter on Lent)

“Julia Webb employs the surreal to articulate the extreme and unspoken currents of life: death, violence, secrets, desire. In her work, language and image refract under the pressure of their subject. She leads us into uncomfortable and exciting territory with remarkable imaginative force. (Lavinia Greenlaw and George Szites in the introduction to Ten Poets, UEA Creative Writing 2010)

Review of Young Poets at Wymondham Words Literary Festival 2011: here

You can read a review of my workshop “How to Love Poetry” here.

Read about the shortlisting for the Poetry School Pighog Pamphlet competition on The UEA New Writing website

Review of Twelve Slanted Poems for Christmas