Julia Desiree Merican

Writer Based in Southeast Asia & the UK


Julia Merican is a Malaysian-British (+ Singaporean) writer from Kuala Lumpur. She’s also an MSt English student at the University of Oxford, and is finding writing in the third person quite a lot of fun.

She has been writing stories since she could type. While her earlier work left much to be desired, her short story 'Unlucky' was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award in 2019.

Her interests lie primarily in literature, art, popular culture, and film. That being said, she is very much open to freelance offers, and will write on just about anything, as long as she finds it interesting.


Instagram: juliamerican

Twitter: julia_merican

Get in touch: [email protected]


Francis Gallery / "Hidden Lines".
Cereal Magazine / "Kepler Track".
Francis Gallery / "JB Blunk Estate x Francis Gallery".
The Bower Monologues / "Quarantine Apparel in The Virgin Suicides".
Palatinate / "Dragon's Den: Opali".
Palatinate / "Life in Lockdown: Malaysia".
Palatinate / "Five Novels that Champion Social-Distancing".
The Bower Monologues / "Emotional Baggage in Katherine Mansfield's 'The Garden Party'".
Palatinate / "Important Things To Remember in Times of Pan(dem)ic".
Palatinate / "Why You Should Borrow Books from the Library".
Palatinate / "Dragon's Den: Wire Your Days".
Palatinate / "An Interview with Durfess".
Palatinate / "Durham's Spoken Word Poets".
Palatinate / "Frozen II: Woke or Nope?".
Aesthetica / Short story, 'Unlucky', in Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2020.


Aesthetica / Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2019.
Palatinate / "Reflection — Or A Lack Thereof — on the TLC's Controversial New Bathrooms".
Palatinate / "Hungry Ghosts: The Seventh Month".
STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery / Wall text for 'Fragmented Bodies: The Personal and the Public'.
Palatinate / "The Allure of the Italian Summer: André Aciman's 'Call Me By Your Name'".


Palatinate / "The Crazy Rich Represent Asians — And What's Wrong With That?".



2020 // Editorial Intern at Cereal Magazine.
Gallery Editorial Intern at Francis Gallery.
Editor-in-Chief at ft. Lighthouse.
Interview Editor at Palatinate.

2019 // Publicity Officer at D.U.E.L.S..
Gallery Intern at STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery.

2018 // Enterprise Intern at BFM 89.9.

2017 // Marketing Intern at The Body Shop Malaysia.