About Julia

Julia Osborne lived for many years in rural New South Wales, the south coast, and Sydney where she worked at the University of Sydney and Worksafe Australia. Julia now lives in Nambucca Heads on the mid-north coast of NSW – 500 km north of Sydney.


Since moving to Nambucca, Julia has completed a young adult novel The Midnight Pianist, set in 1960 in an Australian country town. Her novel is also finding happy readers among Baby Boomers, for their hit of nostalgia – to date the oldest known readers is 88 and the youngest is 12.  The Midnight Pianist was published in 2013 by Paper Horse Design, and the sequel  has reached final draft stage: Playing with Keys.  The third book is Song for Emilia, a work in progress. Please visit Julia’s blog for updates..

Julia was a successful pen and watercolourist for many years until the craft of writing a short story took over. Her stories have appeared in literary journals and national magazines and many were broadcast on ABC Radio National mid-2000, together with her one-act plays adapted from the stories. See published works and broadcasts.

In 1991 she was awarded a writer’s grant by the Australia Council for the Arts for her novel, Falling Glass, self-published in December 2002. A 2nd edition with Afterword will eventually be published as an ebook.

Walks on the nearby beach, good coffee and conversation, family and friends – all provide background to Julia’s intense labor to write these stories in the best possible way. And of course, music.