Julian Turner was born in Cheadle Hulme in 1955 and educated at New College, Oxford and Goldsmith’s College, London. He has worked in the mental health field most recently as chief officer at Leeds Mind. He now lives in Otley, Yorkshire with his partner and works as a writer and counsellor.
His first collection Crossing the Outskirts (Anvil), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation was short-listed for the Forward Best First Collection Prize in 2002. His second, Orphan Sites, was published by Anvil in 2006. A third collection, Planet-Struck, also a PBS Recommendation, was published by Anvil in January 2011.
His next and fourth collection, Desolate Market, was published by Carcanet in the Summer 2018
- If My Heart Had Wings – creativity and mental health