Julian May was born in Plymouth in 1955. He lived in Cornwall, near Truro, until going to university in Wales to study English and Drama. In 1981 he went to live in China where he taught English for two years in Xinxiang, a small city in Henan Province, and travelled widely in the People’s Republic and South East Asia. He now works for the BBC External Services.
Julian May’s poems have been published in Other Poetry, Outposts, Poetry Review, Thames Poetry and other magazines. Some of his short stories have been broadcast by Radio Four and BBC English by Radio and others have been published in Panurge and Poetry Matters. He has also written some short radio plays for English by Radio. In 1985 he received an Eric Gregory Award. The Earliest Memory, is Julian May’s first full collection and includes poems deriving from his Cornish childhood and from his more recent experience of China and South East Asia.