Julie Anne Thorndyke graduated with merit from the Master of Creative Writing program at the University of Sydney. She has published poems and stories in many literary journals. A winner in the US based Tanka Splendor competition in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, she was also awarded an honourable mention in 6th International Tanka Festival Competition 2009 (Japan).

She has facilitated a tanka-writers’ group, participated in collaborative poetry presentations and led creative writing workshops. Julie won the 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2020 Fellowship of Australian Writers Pauline Walsh short story competitions and the 2018 John Kelly Short Story competition for an original myth, folk or fairy tale. Her short story The Maid’s Room was shortlisted in the FAW Marjorie Barnard Award 2019.

Three collections of her tanka poetry have been published by Ginninderra Press. Her picture books Waiting for the Night and Watching through the Day are available from Interactive Press.

In 2017, Julie was appointed editor of Eucalypt: a tanka journal by founding editor Beverley George.

Her novel Mrs Rickaby’s Lullaby was published by Ginninderra Press in 2019, and it was Shortlisted in the Society of Women Writers Member Book Awards (Fiction) in 2020. Divertimento (her short story collection) was published in 2021, and launched by Judith Tribe at Mount Wilson during Julie’s Artist Residency at The Old School, Mount Wilson, in June 2021.

Julie was the recipient of the Society of Women Writers New South Wales Inaugural Writers’ Grant in 2019, and received a Highly Commended certificate in the Society of Women Writers Victoria Nance Donkin Literary Award 2021. Her poem Doing their Sums won an award in the Society of Women Writers New South Wales National Writing Competition 2021.

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  1. HI Julie,
    thank you for sharing your website space. It is an inspiration, challenging the personal goal I have been noting for a few years – still waiting achievement.
    Anne B

  2. Hello Julie, we met at SCBWI and thought I would connect via wordpress sites. Your poetry is beautiful and makes me yearn for higher education in literature – I may just do that when my last child finishes high school. Hope you arrived home safely and enjoyed the conference.

  3. Hi Julie! It was a lovely surprise to see you featured in the ‘Meet the Writer’ section of PIO on May 20th. It directed me here, so now I’ve had a little browse of your website too. (I’m in the process of creating mine in readiness for the publication of my junior fiction in October, so I’m extra tuned into author websites at the moment!) Hope you’re well.

  4. Hello Julie from Canada; I just read your Lullaby and loved the fact that older women could be the story. you have shown the seventy year olds very capably. How your book came into my hands is a puzzle to me but I enjoyed the read very much. Well Done and please continue to write more novels.

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