Julie Stevens has had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 30 years. She used to be a teacher, graduating from Homerton College, Cambridge, UK and was a successful athlete. Nowadays, her MS has progressed so much, she uses sticks, wheelchair or mobility scooter to move around. Her poems tend to reflect the impact MS has on her life, as well as other topics close to her heart. She writes for both adults and children. Her poems have been published in various magazines, online and in print and they are regularly heard on local radio. She publishes under the name of Jumping Jules and her website is www.jumpingjulespoetry.com.
‘Despite her life being profoundly altered by MS, Jules is still Jumping and that’s clearly evident in this wonderful debut collection of her poetry. You might frown, cry, smile or laugh as you read the book but you will be left with an overall sense of positivity once you’ve finished it. A triumph in so many ways!’ Neal Zetter, poet/author
‘Having first come across Julie Stevens as a children’s poet, I was eager to read her first adult collection and I was not disappointed. Here are brave, moving poems capturing with considerable skill and expertise the cruel experience of MS and documenting the many ways it impacts on everyday life. A valuable and welcome addition to the growing body of poetry about illness. An inspiring read.’ Carole Bromley
‘Julie Stevens writes engagingly, and without self-pity, a series of honest & powerful poems that offer an insight into the world of MS.’
“This is a profound collection of poetry, full of power and beauty”