Julia Copus

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Julia Copus
Julia Copus,2007
Julia Copus,2007
Born 1969 (age 48–49)
Occupation Poet
Nationality United Kingdom
Education Durham University
Notable awards Eric Gregory Award
Official website

Julia Copus (born 1969) is a British poet, radio dramatist and children's writer.


Julia Copus was born in London in 1969. She studied Latin at Durham University.[1]

Copus' books of poetry include The Shuttered Eye (Bloodaxe, 1995), which won her an Eric Gregory Award and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, In Defence of Adultery (Bloodaxe, 2003) and The World's Two Smallest Humans (Faber, 2012), shortlisted for both the Costa Book Awards (poetry category) and the T.S. Eliot Prize.[2] All three collections are Poetry Book Society Recommendations. She is known for establishing a new form in English poetry, which she has called the specular form, in which the second half of the poem mirrors the first, using the same lines but in reverse order and differently punctuated.[2]

Eenie Meenie Macka Racka (an original 45-minute play for radio) was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September, 2003, having been commissioned after Copus won the BBC's Alfred Bradley Bursary Award for Best New Radio Playwright in 2002. In the same year she won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition with 'Breaking the Rule'.[3]

Copus was awarded a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at the University of Exeter in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and the following year was made an RLF Advisory Fellow and awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Exeter. In 2010, she won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem for 'An Easy Passage'. She has served on the judging panel for a number of literary prizes, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Ted Hughes Award, the Costa Book Award, Encore Award and T. S. Eliot Prize for poetry.[3]

Copus has also written three picture books: Hog in the Fog (Faber 2014), The Hog, The Shrew and the Hullabaloo] (Faber 2015) and The Shrew that Flew] (Faber 2016).[3]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Curry Mallet, with her husband, Andrew Stevenson.


Poetry collections[edit]

For children[edit]


For radio[edit]

  • Eenie Meenie Macka Racka, afternoon play, BBC Radio 4, September 2003
  • The Enormous Radio (based on the short story by John Cheever), afternoon play, BBC Radio 4, July 2008
  • Ghost Lines, a sequence of poems for radio, BBC Radio 3, December 2011


Selected awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Julia Copus b 1969". Poetry Archive. Retrieved 11 September 2018. 
  2. ^ a b The Poetry Society (Julia Copus, Apna Ghar Age Concern)
  3. ^ a b c "Julia Copus". Poem Hunter. Retrieved 11 September 2018. 
  4. ^ Alison Flood (23 October 2012). "TS Eliot prize for poetry announces 'fresh, bold' shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 

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