Julian Stannard was born in 1962 and educated at the Universities of Exeter and Oxford. From 1987-1993 he taught at the University of Genoa and now lectures at a college of the University of East Anglia. He has published a study of Fleur Adcock and is at present preparing a book on Basil Bunting for the British Council's Writers and Work series. He has published poems widely in journals and magazines, including the Faber introductory anthology First Pressings. Many of the poems in Rina's War - his first full collection - are about Genoa and the surrounding area.
’I like the cosmopolitanism of these poems. This is not just a matter of crossing national frontiers with ease, but a seemingly boundless curiosity about human behaviour at all levels. I trust Julian Stannard's observations of the world, for their accuracy and their spirit.’ Christopher Reid