Julie is an actress turned writer who still acts but mostly writes. 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 2017 and 2018 BFI Network x BAFTA Crew programme, she is now writing and directing films.
Julie’s has recently signed 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, will be published in the UK and US in 2019.
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 Candlwick in 2019.
She is also 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 which was nominated in the same category at the 2016 BBC ADAs and starred Hannah John-Kamen, and the critically-acclaimed Stopgap. She has also written short stories for BBC Radio 4 – most notably a trilogy based on the Rapunzel fairytale.
Her debut short screenplay, Elsie: Prince of Denmark, starring Lily Dodsworth-Evans and Sally Phillips, completed principal photography in November 2017 in Peterborough, Julie’s hometown, with local young talent supporting a professional cast and crew.
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 is the recipient of a Author’s Foundation grant for 2018 for her next novel project.
Julie grew up in Peterborough, and originally trained as a journalist, putting those skills to excellent use in her first job as a roving 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.
She is mum to two boys. She is quite good at maths. And ice skating.