Julian Bishop is a former television journalist living in North London who is a member of the collective group Poets For The Planet. He’s had a lifelong interest in ecology and worked for a time as Environment Reporter for BBC Wales. He’s also a member of Climate Cultures https://climatecultures.net and recently wrote a blog about how lockdown has helped many of us “rediscover” nature.
A former runner-up in the Ginkgo Prize for Eco Poetry, he’s been shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize and is one of four poets featured in a 2020 pamphlet called Poems For The Planet. He’s recently had poems in The Morning Star, XR’s Rebel Talk, online journal Irisi, Finished Creatures magazine and the first issue of The Alchemy Spoon.
We were delighted with Julian Bishop's poetry this year - despite reading blind, myself and the judges identified two poems that we felt were the work of one writer, for their distinctive style and humour. One was excellent and made our shortlist and the other,
'Starbucks in the Gutter' was a definite win from us! This poem can be read below - enjoy!