Julie is a recipient of a Create NSW Arts grant and an Australia Council of the Arts grant for 2020. Her project is a crime novel: The River of Bones, with an Aboriginal woman protagonist sleuth. 

Julie Janson

Julie has appeared as an invited writer at the Adelaide Writers Festival 2021. She will also appear at The Bendigo Writers Festival; The Headland Writers Festival Tathra; the Words on the Waves festival on Central Coast NSW and the Byron Bay

Writers Festival 2021.   

​​Julie is a debut novelist in 2020, with her longlisted novel BENEVOLENCE, published by Magabala Books.  




Julie’s career as a playwright began when she wrote and directed plays in remote Australian Northern Territory Aboriginal communities. She is now a novelist and award-winning poet. Julie is a Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal Nation. She is co-recipient of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize, 2016 and winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, 2019.


Her fellowships include: Developing Writer’s Fellowship, Australia Council; Asialink Literature Residencies, Indonesia; Tyrone Guthrie Writing Residency, Ireland; Varuna Fellowships; and Australia Council BR Whiting Residency, Rome. She has been recipient of a New Work, Australia Council grant and was guest writer at the 2016, Listowel Writers Festival and Belfast Book Week and the 2019 Georgetown Literary Festival.


Julie self-published two novels before the debut of her critically acclaimed book Benevolence (Magabala Books 2020). Julie has written ten produced plays, including two at Belvoir St Theatre – Black Mary and Gunjies and Two Plays, published by Aboriginal Studies Press 1996.


Agent: Sarah McKenzie at Hindsight Literary Agency

sarah@hindsight.net.au

Ph: +61 416035061