Julie is an actress turned writer who still acts but mostly writes. Her most recent commission is The Fletton Railway Children for Eastern Angles, a free and modern stage adaptation of E Nesbit’s classic story which played to critical acclaim. Her latest novel, Mother Tongue, published this year, has garnered five star reviews in the broadsheet press and a place on the 2017 CILIP Carnegie nominations list.
Julie is also the author of The Big Lie (Hot Key Books, 2015), a book about girls, protest and revolution, set in an imagined contemporary Nazi Britain. It was nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the 2016 Peters Book of the Year and Shropshire Teenage Book of the Year, and won the 2015 Sidewise Award for Alternate History.
For radio, Julie has written three plays, including A Shoebox Of Snow, which was a finalist for Best Drama at the inaugural BBC Audio Drama Awards, and The Electrical Venus which was nominated for Best Drama at the 2016 BBC ADAs. She has also written short stories for BBC Radio 4 – a trilogy based on the Rapunzel fairytale.
Julie is the recipient of an Arts Council England award and a K Blundell Trust Award to conduct R&D in Berlin and her hometown of Peterborough and was selected for the inaugural BAFTA Guru Pro mentoring scheme this year to further her career in film.
Support for Julie’s work has also come from the Arvon/Jerwood Mentoring Scheme where she was tutored by Maria McCann, and from Headlong theatre company, where she was a member of their first ever invitational Writers’ Group.
Julie grew up in Peterborough, and originally trained as a journalist, putting those skills to excellent use in her first job as a ‘Black Thunder Babe’ breakfast presenter for local radio. She has since written extensively for the national press. Home is now Hertfordshire where she is a founder and host of short story cabaret The Berko Speakeasy and heads up creative writing initiative The Berko Writers’ Workshop.
She is mum to two boys. She is quite good at ice skating.