Julia Macfarlane lives in the extreme South of England, close to the sea in Bognor Regis, but was born and spent most of her life in the North East of England.
She is proud to describe herself as a Smoggie (someone from Teesside, home to Europe’s largest chemical industry) and her stories often reflect her Northern roots. She has an eye for character, an ear for dialogue and a cynical sense of humour running through her work.
She has been writing for years and had work appear in various publications. Her career has spanned working as a Tax Officer for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Taxes, being a French/German translator and working for various UK universities in the business/university areas.
Since taking (very) early retirement she has been busy running the Bognor Regis Write Club, a group for would-be professional writers; being an active member of local walking and natural history groups; enjoying her grandkids; spoiling rotten her cockapoo puppy; oh, and helping her husband have an enjoyable retirement. In fact, anything she can find to do that prevents her sitting at her desk and completing her novel.
Her stories have been published in various publications over the years but 2017 was the first time she gathered some of her more recent work together in News Of Leon & Other Tales. Her short stories explore business life, personal lives and impossible situations with dark wit and well-drawn characters.
Bognor Regis Write Club has produced two anthologies of short stories and poems under Julia’s editorship: ‘A Blast on The Waverley’s Whistle’ and ‘The View From Here’. In a collaboration with CHINDI she produced ‘The Chichester Ghost Tour’. Private groups can arrange a guided tour through Chichester City Centre with Julia from as little as £5 per person. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the Club or the tour.