Julia Desiree Merican

is a writer based in Malaysia.


Julia Merican is a British-Malaysian (+ 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.Her words have appeared in the pages of several print magazines and various online publications (and once, quite excitingly, on the walls of an art gallery), but her most prolific writing can be found in abandoned iPhone notes or the margins of well-loved paperbacks; on battered postcards or scraps of hotel paper; in overly long texts or the recesses of old diaries.She writes about art, design, film, literature, and little things that are less easy to define, like letters found in secondhand books, or how softly sunlight falls onto brick walls.



Get in touch at:[email protected]


on art + design

2022 // A Silent Dwelling
2021 // 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 Gallery2019 // 'Fragmented Bodies: The Personal and the Public' Wall Text

on film + literature

// Dressing Up for Noodles: In the Mood for Clothes
2021 // Cosmopolitan Reveries / Turmoil Within and Without / How I Settle Myself / A Conversational Art: Larissa Pham2020 // Five Novels that Champion Social-Distancing / Why You Should Borrow Books from the Library2019 // The Allure of the Italian Summer2018 // The Crazy Rich Represent Asians


// Meta Morphosis / Unlucky

on people + places

2022 // Monitoring the Belt and Road Initiative
2020 // Being Foreign, Abroad and At Home / Kepler Track2019 // Hungry Ghosts: The Seventh Month

on style + culture

// A Particular Mood / At the Core of It
2020 // Opali / Wire Your Days2019 // Reflection on the TLC's Controversial New Bathrooms


2022 // Senior Research Executive at IDEAS.
Writer at MulaZine.
Reader at Granta.
2021 // 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.