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by Julia Deakin

‘Tides turn. Hearts change. It need not take so long.’

Ours is a restless age. At one extreme, 24/7 corporate culture and social media addiction leave many unable to literally and metaphorically switch off; at the other, millions are roaming continents in fear of their lives while looking for a safe place to rest. In Sleepless, poet Julia Deakin tirelessly questions how we have come to this exhausting impasse.

Her hard-hitting, wryly humorous and intensely humane collection probes our emotions, digs deep for grains of common sense and plumbs the depths of our conscience to ascertain how truly awake we really are.

‘From the first poem’s quiet lyricism to the final poem’s dazzling thirty sentences, these are witty, sometimes experimental, always musical, sharp-eyed, intelligent poems that ring in this reader’s mind. A fine collection.’ Gillian Clarke

‘Crafted, tender poems, written with passion and purpose.’ Simon Armitage

‘Gripping, compassionate, deeply thoughtful.’ Alison Brackenbury


Julia Deakin was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north to Yorkshire via Shropshire, the Potteries, Manchester and York to Huddersfield, where she began writing poems. The Half-Mile-High Club (2007) was a Poetry Business Competition winner and her full-length collections, Without a Dog (2008) and Eleven Wonders (2011) drew praise from nationally-renowned poets. Widely published, she has featured twice on Poetry Please and won numerous prizes.

Her latest collection, Sleepless, is published by Valley Press in October 2018.


Edition: First

Date Published: 2018-10-11

ISBN: 9781912436101

Catalogue Number: VP0130

Number of Pages: 80

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Cover illustration by George Frederic Watts ('Hope', 1886)

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