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JULIE ANNE GILLIGAN’s poems have appeared in several anthologies, e-zines, journals and readings. Her debut collection ‘The Thickness of Blood’ was published in 2012. She holds several qualifications, including The Open University MA in Creative Writing (2018). She firmly believes in a positive outlook and a strong sense of the ridiculous. She is Activities Officer for The Open University Poetry Society and a member of Poets Abroad, a collective of poets mostly from Ireland, UK, USA and Australia. Born and raised in London, she has lived in semi-rural Essex for the past 35 years.
"Whether she is writing about the lure of going off-limits, authoritarian attitudes, 60s new brutalism or a Roman soldier on the edge of the Empire dreaming of home, Gilligan unlocks the past and then imagines it in the present moment to good effect. Her sharp observation and her experimentation with poetic form make for an intelligent and accomplished collection on a subject that is difficult, if not impossible, to pin down."
Neil Leadbeater, reviewing Time Matters in WriteOutLoud.net, September 2022
"Julie Anne Gilligan is one of those highly accomplished writers who has the infinite capacity both to delight and surprise. As the title suggests here we find her riffing playfully on the theme of time. Whether she is writing from the perspective of a Roman soldier, or recreating the fifties, or reflecting on the end of time, reading this collection will be time well spent."
Nigel Kent, poet and reviewer
"Intelligent, poignant, playful, accomplished, wide-ranging, thought-provoking, this wonderful collection by Julie Anne Gilligan is all these things. Inspired by pensées ranging from Edmund Burke to Mehmet Murat ildan, her poems offer reflections on that most slippery of constructs, time. Gilligan's sharp observation illuminates both the general and the specific. Her deftness with poetic forms, her wit, insight and precision make this a collection to return to — time and time again."
Olga Wojtas, writer and novelist
"I adore this poetry collection; Julie Anne Gilligan doesn't just deal with time in the sense of the clock going around, or occasionally seeming to take forever to move to an awaited hour. She also engages with the way time amounts to history, acutely aware of the impermanence of things, people and empires. There is huge intelligence at work in these poems, but it wears its knowledge lightly. Julie Anne Gilligan's wit draws the reader in and makes the heavy seem light while she never placates us with easy consolations."
Kevin Higgins, poet, essayist and reviewer
'Time Matters': ISBN 978-1-913329-80-8
Paperback, 148 x 210mm, 40 pages
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