Julie originally trained and worked as a journalist, then as an actress, before starting to write fiction and drama. Her debut novel, Red Ink, a coming of age tale about superstition, denial and family myth, was published by Hot Key Books in 2013. It was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2014.
Julie has also written a number of plays for radio and theatre, including A Shoebox Of Snow, which was nominated for Best Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2012 and shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award 2010 as a work in progress.
Whilst in Peterborough, the place where she was born and brought up, Julie will be exploring why some people leave their hometowns and why some people stay (and why those that run away sometimes come back). Also the theme of takeover – something Peterborough has experienced in various ways.