Skilled at enabling people to tell their stories, Julie has been immersed in Life Story for almost three decades. Never happier than when she is creating a narrative from the raw materials. She is often found immersed in the archives, swamped by books or trawling through ephemera. She is a talented writer that is skilled at turning primary source material into narratives that are accessible and enjoyable to all. She is currently writing the life story of a nineteenth century Cumbrian woman based on her original diaries.

As a Story Terrace writer, Julie interviews customers and turns their life stories into books. Get to know her better: you can read an autobiographical story of her own below. Get in touch today to work with her!

Life’s a Journey

Life’s a journey I began in South Staffordshire a long time ago. I was searching for ‘identity’ and a sense of ‘belonging’. We moved around a lot, I moved around a lot, I was always looking.

Up and down the M5 and the M6 like a yoyo I could list the junctions, the services, the places; the places I have been, lived in, worked in, the places that have shaped me. It’s been a journey.

Psychiatry set me on another path, nursing my way through the lives of others I began to ponder the whys and the wherefores of life. Rich as it is in the stories of others I became equipped and ready to acquire the theory and so another journey began. Located in academia I got to grips with those questions and felt ready again to work with the lives of others. It was young people this time and all the familiar struggles of ‘identity’ and ‘belonging’ emerged once again.

Locality and landscape are key, for me. Making childhood connections rooted in the fells, ageing relatives and people long since passed led me ‘home’; to Cumbria. There is an anchoring and security here that enables bold decisions to be made and new pathways forged. Never far from my mind academia called once again. Emerged in history as I worked through my Master’s I began to feel at ease.

Absorbed in the lives of others my destiny was revealed, I had arrived, arrived in the past! Rooted as I am in the life story of others past or present this is it, this is me, this is what I do.

Currently located in the 1900s I am writing the life story of a very ordinary Cumbrian woman. Based on her diaries it becomes apparent that she like all of us is not ordinary at all. After all we each have our own fascinating story to tell!


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