Julie is an actress turned writer. She is an award-winning novelist, an award-nominated radio dramatist and has written short stories and stage plays to critical acclaim. As a participant in the BFI Network x BAFTA Crew programme, she is now writing and directing films.
Julie has a two-book deal with Bloomsbury (Raven Books) and her first title, Impossible Causes, a contemporary thriller about four teenage girls who are accused of witchcraft on a small isolated island, is out in the UK and US in October this year.
She is also a recent recipient of an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant to write a book about her personal connection to silent movie actress Mabel Poulton, which will mark Julie’s literary non-ficton debut.
Her previous titles include, The Electrical Venus (Hot Key, 2018), which follows a troop of 18th century travelling performers during the age of enlightenment and explores the point where love meets science, and Mother Tongue (Hot Key, 2016), which garnered five star reviews in the broadsheet press and a place on the 2017 CILIP Carnegie nominations list. It will be published in the USA by Candlewick in 2019.
She is the author of The Big Lie (Hot Key, 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 won the 2015 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, amongst other accolades, and was published in the USA by Candlewick in November 2017.
Julie’s radio play Polygamy For Girls featured alongside work by Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing in BBC Radio 4’s 2018 Riot Girls season. Her previous work for Radio 4 includes A Shoebox Of Snow, which was a finalist for Best Drama at the inaugural BBC Audio Drama Awards, The Electrical Venus, starring Hannah John-Kamen, which was also nominated for Best Drama at the 2016 BBC ADAs, and the critically-acclaimed Stopgap. Her short stories for BBC Radio 4 include a trilogy of tales based on Rapunzel.
Julie’s debut short film as a writer/director has just completed post production. Unknown Number, starring Anna-Marie Wayne, is a comedy-drama about love, heartbreak and spam callers. She also scripted Elsie: Prince of Denmark, a short shot in Peterborough, Julie’s hometown, with local young talent supporting a professional crew and cast, that included Lily Dodsworth-Evans and Sally Phillips.
Julie was the recipient of an Arts Council England grant in 2017 to write an original new play for Eastern Angles unearthing the lost stories of women from history, including Katherine of Arragon. This follows her collaboration with Eastern Angles in 2016 on The Fletton Railway Children, a hugely well-received modern adaptation of E Nesbit’s classic story.
Support for Julie’s work has 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. She received funding from the K Blundell Trust in 2015/16 to conduct R&D on a new portfolio of work and was the recipient of an Author’s Foundation grant for early work on Impossible Causes.
Julie originally trained as a journalist, working as a football reporter, roving radio breakfast show presenter and a feature writer for the national press.
Home is Hertfordshire. She is mum to two boys. She is quite good at ice skating.