2020 check out the NAIDOC Week talk Australian Indigenous Voice in Literature. youtube.com/watch?v=WrhQDmO9TEU

Evelyn Aruluen interviews Tony Birch author of The White Girl and Julie Janson author of Benevolence. This lively interview is an hour long and discusses issues of Indigenous writing and activism.

Julie's updates

Invited to the Adelaide Writers Festival 2021...

2020 has been a terrible year for everyone.  However, I am still writing after a break while moving to the south coast of NSW. The aftermath of tragic fires has impacted on all people here. I have managed to write the early drafts of my new novel: The River of Bones.This novel follows protagonist Aunty June a Murri Aboriginal elder as she investigates a murder of an environmental activist along the Darling River. I enjoy portraying Aboriginal mature women and men as a characters and this new novel celebrates an Aboriginal Debutant Ball and the intertwined lives of Bikies, Murries and Gunjies (police).

An interview with Writing NSW

about my upcoming novel Benevolence.

I spoke with membership intern, Geordie Timmins, about the novel’s inspiration, the importance of representing Aboriginal histories, and the challenges and opportunities of writing the past.




84,000 words.

Genre: Aboriginal Crime Fiction.

A journey into crime on a NSW northern inland river, with an exploration of themes: destruction of a river, murder of an environmentalist, police brutality, family connections to Country, bikie gangs, young love, ghosts and revenge.


The Murri Aboriginal family live in the outback town of Wilga. Aunty June witnesses a homicide and is determined to find the killer of Johnno, a river activist.


June’s family: Barney, Merle, Uncle Jack and niece Urara show a passion to save the Darling River. Urara’s Aboriginal lawyer boyfriend, Steve, arrives in town for the debutant ball and stirs up investigation into the murder. The bikies Bam Bam and Froggy are suspected of several crimes.


The crime cover up implicates the Wilga police who protect the interests of the water thieving cotton consortiums. A town meeting causes uproar as Aboriginal activists expose the water business that has dried up their sacred river.


 Aboriginal youths riot outside the police station and tear up the town. Police reinforcements arrive to deal with the chaos and they arrest June.


June finds the truth about the death of Johnno and the police take away those responsible. 


The drought breaks, the river floods and Urara walks down by the levy bank and finds Sergeant Blackett. They struggle on the riverbank....