Julie was born and grew up in Peterborough and in 1998 she left for good…
Julie, Aged 4, Bamber Street, Peterborough
With financial support from Arts Council England and The K Blundell Trust, and through an attachment to Metal Culture, Julie returned to Peterborough in 2015/2016 to reconnect with the city she used to call home, a city transformed.
Funding also enabled Julie to travel to Berlin, another city she associates with a sense of guilt and experiences of takeover, and link stories between the two places.
Many projects emerged from this research, including a rewrite of an existing novel with a fresh emphasis on the idea of home, and a new novel proposal exploring the reunion of two old school friends and their different ideas of the truth.
Julie is writing a feature length screenplay inspired by her time in the two cities and her short film Elsie: Prince of Denmark will shoot at Peterborough Regional College, funded by local arts supporters Seedbed, as a direct result of connections she made while in the city.
Her relationship with Eastern Angles theatre company was also strengthened, leading to the commission of The Fletton Railway Children, a new adaptation of E Nesbit’s classic book to open Peterborough’s new pop-up theatre space The Undercroft. Julie will work with Eastern Angles again on new play Buried Women in 2017/18.
For more on Julie’s connection with Peterborough, read her Letter to My Hometown: To Peterborough With Love in Standard Issue Magazine.