She Who Sings Is Not Always Happy – Julia Usman
Julia was brought up on a farm in North Yorkshire and now lives in Swaledale. She has had numerous articles and poems published. After gaining an MA in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds she taught English to young offenders.
“Julia Usman’s poetry invites us into her childhood landscape of farm and meadows, schooldays, and travels in France, Brussels, Milan and beyond. It is poetry at ease in all those environments. Her close observations and reflections are delicately woven into ‘Finding a voice’, ‘Still Life’ and many more. This is a collection deeply layered with longing and grace for people loved and times gone, poetry I want to read again and again. Beautiful.”
“Julia Usman’s poetry ranges from inner landscape to outer; through memories of her own childhood, growing up on a farm in her beloved Yorkshire, woven through with memories of others. They are deeply rooted in place, yet her sensitive observations of people and place also travel. The poems sing of joy and loss; of pain and beauty. Her poems are spare and clear, they remind me of spring water, yet they allow breathing space for the reader to enter. Whether read individually, or as a whole, this collection is of its time, yet timeless. A collection to savour.”