Julia Desiree Merican

Writer based in Malaysia & the UK


Julia Merican is a Malaysian-British (+ Singaporean) writer from Kuala Lumpur. She’s also a recent MSt English Literature graduate from the University of Oxford, and is finding writing in the third person quite a lot of fun. While her earlier work left much to be desired, her short story 'Unlucky' was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award in 2019. If you ask nicely, she will write for you on just about anything, as long as she finds it interesting.



Get in touch at:

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on art + design

2021 // A Silent Dwelling / Circumstance and Structure / Precision to Softness / Reviving Hvidt & Mølgaard / Reconciling Differences

2020 // The Cerebral and the Sensual / Georg Olden / 'Hidden Lines' Exhibition Text / JB Blunk Estate x Francis Gallery

2019 // 'Fragmented Bodies: The Personal and the Public' Wall Text

on film + literature

2021 // Cosmopolitan Reveries: Elegy, Epicureanism and Exclusion in Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday / Turmoil Within and Without: Modes of Human Resistance in Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger and Rukhsana Ahmad's "Appearances" / How I Settle Myself: An Interview with Sally Bayley / A Conversational Art: Larissa Pham / The Gendered Politics of Isolation in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang

2020 // Quarantine Apparel in The Virgin Suicides / Emotional Baggage in Katherine Mansfield's 'The Garden Party' / Five Novels that Champion Social-Distancing / Why You Should Borrow Books from the Library

2019 // The Allure of the Italian Summer

2018 // The Crazy Rich Represent Asians


2020 // Meta Morphosis / Unlucky

on people + places

2020 // Being Foreign, Abroad and At Home / Kepler Track / Life in Lockdown: Malaysia / An Interview with Durfess / Durham's Spoken Word Poets

2019 // Hungry Ghosts: The Seventh Month

on style + culture

2021 // A Particular Mood / At the Core of It

2020 // Opali / Important Things to Remember in a Time of Pan(dem)ic / Wire Your Days

2019 // Reflection on the TLC's Controversial New Bathrooms




2021 // Junior Associate at IDEAS.
Editor at the Oxford Review of Books.
Editorial Intern at Cereal Magazine.

2020 // Editorial Intern at Francis Gallery.
Marketing Intern at Cult Creative.
Editor-in-Chief at ft. Lighthouse.
Interview Editor at Palatinate.

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

2018 // Enterprise Intern at BFM 89.9.

2017 // Marketing Intern at The Body Shop Malaysia.