Julie-ann’s latest collection was published on 10th May 2023 by Turas Press, Dublin
The poems in this remarkable collection offer a fearless account of an individual grappling with the physical, emotional and social challenges of living with chronic illness. FND – Functional Neurological Disorder – is a disorder in the functioning of the nervous system, whose symptoms include a variety of physical, sensory and cognitive symptoms. The poet documents her journey from diagnosis, through hospitalisation, discharge and recovery. Inside Out is a moving and uplifting testament to the resilience of the human body and spirit.
Inside Out was launched at the Irish Writer’s Centre in Dublin, and received a very warm reception from an enthusiastic and knowledgable audience.
Praise for Inside Out
“This beautiful collection of poems tells us two stories: one about a body that ‘tumbles, drowns /… [is] in mortal trouble’ and another about an inner self which, albeit wounded, continues to feel ‘charmed’, finding both beauty and love in the world. I was moved on every page.” Tom Sperlinger
“There is no special pleading here and no calling out for sympathy. The poet speaks in her own name but also speaks compellingly on behalf of other sufferers who would not have her stylistic and dextrous way with words. Incredibly, her riveting epic sweep through her troubles is leavened with humour.” Eamonn Lynskey