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Julie Janson

Julie is a Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal nation NSW. She is a novelist, playwright, and poet. While living in remote Northern Territory Aboriginal Yolngu communities in her early years as a teacher, Julie wrote plays and made giant puppets, masks and costumes with Yolngu students. Her career as a playwright resulted in ten productions at various theatres such as Sydney St Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre and Sydney Opera House Studio. Black Mary and Gunjies, Aboriginal Studies Press. Her plays have been produced in Arizona, USA and Makassar, Indonesia.  

Her Indigenous crime novel: Madukka the River Serpent, UWA Publishing, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2023, and the Davitt Award 2023. Benevolence, an Indigenous historical novel published by Magabala 2020 - published by Harper Collins in USA and UK 2022 – shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award 2022 and nominated for the NIB Literary Award 2020 and the Voss Literary Award 2020. Compassion is a sequel to “Benevolence” set in Hawkesbury and Newcastle NSW, Magabala 2024.  

Julie wrote the Virtual Reality screenplay “There Exists” British Museum UK 2023. As a poet she is co-recipient of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize 2016 and winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2019. Poems published in Overland Magazine. 

Titles by Julie Janson