Born in 1978 in the east Midlands, Julia studied Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick, where she was awarded the Derek Walcott Prize for Creative Writing in 2000. She went on to study for an MLitt. in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews.

Her most recent work is a novel set in 1988, What a Way to Go which is published by Atlantic Books and in audio by WF Howes in the UK. She has travelled across the UK to talk about the sassy and smart heroine, Harper, including appearances at Hay, Gladstone's Library, on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour as well as speaking at author events at many independent bookshops. In 2016, Julia was awarded a K Blundell Trust Award from the Society of Authors for her third book which she is now working on.

In 2007, Julia also wrote a little non-fiction book about inspiration called Muses, which was published by Pocket Essentials. She has worked in the publishing industry across the UK in Aberystwyth, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Rugby and London, including a two-year stint as an assistant in a literary agency in Soho, where jobs included sifting submissions from authors each morning which is incidentally how she met her husband. More recently, she worked in the marketing and publicity department at the literary magazine New Welsh Review where she coordinated the inaugural New Welsh Writing Awards 2015. As a journalist and book reviewer, she has written for Agenda, Arts Professional, The Big Issue, Cambrian News, PN Review, New Welsh Review, Open Democracy, Resurgence and the Western Mail.

Julia now works for Literature Wales where she sits on their bursary panel, helping to award bursaries to both emerging and established writers, having herself received a bursary in 2011 which enabled her to begin What a Way to Go. She also works in the marketing and PR department for the independent poetry publishers, Nine Arches Press. She lives in mid Wales with her husband and two children.

What a Way to Go
By Julia Forster