Julia Osborne lived for many years in rural New South Wales, the south coast, and in 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 novel for young adults, The Midnight Pianist, set in 1960 in an Australian country town. The novel has also found happy readers among Baby Boomers for a hit of nostalgia. To date the oldest known reader is 88 and the youngest is 12.
The Midnight Pianist was initially published in 2013 by Paper Horse Design – a local publishing company run by Julia’s daughter and son-in-law. The novel was then picked up and published by ETT Imprint in 2015, followed by the sequel Playing with Keys in 2016. The third book, Song for Emilia, is at final draft stage and will be published early 2017. Keep an eye on the Blog!
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 have been 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 – set in Sydney’s inner west and North Coast NSW under the media shadow of the Gulf War. Falling Glass was self-published in December 2002 and Julia plans to publish a 2nd edition as an ebook with a reflective Afterword.
Walks on the nearby beach, good coffee and conversation, family and friends – these all provide background to Julia’s intense labor to write her stories in the best possible way. And of course, music.