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Julie Mayhew

Biography

Julie Mayhew

Julie is an actress turned writer who still acts but mostly writes.

She is the author of The Big Lie (Hot Key Books, 2015), a book about girls, protest and revolution, set in an imagined contemporary Nazi Britain. It is nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the 2016 Peters Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Shropshire Teenage Book of the Year.

Her debut novel, Red Ink, was also published by Hot Key Books, and was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2014.

For radio, Julie has written three plays, including A Shoebox Of Snow, which was a finalist for Best Drama at the inaugural BBC Audio Drama Awards, and The Electrical Venus which is nominated for Best Drama at the upcoming 2016 BBC ADAs. She has also written short stories for BBC Radio 4 –  a trilogy based on the Rapunzel fairytale.

This year she was awarded an Arts Council England award and K Blundell Trust Award to write her next project, set in her hometown of Peterborough. Previous support for Julie’s work has come from the Arvon/Jerwood Mentoring Scheme where she was tutored by Maria McCann, and from Headlong theatre company, where she was a member of their first ever invitational Writers’ Group.

Julie grew up in Peterborough, and originally trained as a journalist, putting those skills to excellent use in her first job as a ‘Black Thunder Babe’ breakfast presenter for local radio. She has since written extensively for the national press.

Home is now Hertfordshire where she is a founder and host of short story cabaret The Berko Speakeasy and heads up creative writing initiative The Berko Writers’ Workshop.

Julie Mayhew

Books by Julie Mayhew

by Julie Mayhew - Coming of Age, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Nazi England, 2014. Jessika Keller is a good girl --- a champion ice skater, model student of the Bund Deutscher Mädel and dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich. Her best friend, Clementine, is not so submissive. Passionately different, Clem is outspoken, dangerous and radical. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend, her first love. But which can she live without?

by Julie Mayhew - Loss, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce her to a living, breathing father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete. But at least Melon has The Story. The Story is the Fouraki family fairy tale. A story is something. This time-shifting novel follows a narrator as she struggles with sudden grief—and the unfolding process of finding out who she really is.