Julie Farrell is a queer, disabled, neurodivergent author and award-winning poet based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is listed as one of the Bookseller’s Top 150 Most Influential People in Publishing in 2022, and is Director and Co-Founder of The Inklusion Guide: a kickass guide to making literature events accessible to disabled people.
Julie's work explores our relationship with nature, and how it helps us to process our grief, loss, and nostalgia in relation to family, identity and the planet. She has published personal essays and creative journalism on disability, otherness, equality and philosophy.
Her poem, Ripples of Change, won the Aurora Prize for Writing in 2021, with a second poem, Freedom, also shortlisted. She was a finalist in the Glasgow Women's Library Calm Slam 2020, and the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award 2020. Her poem, IMAGINE was published in Not Going Back To Normal - A Disabled Artists Manifesto.
We Are Fractals, her contemporary young-adult novel, has received various accolades including shortlistings in the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices 2022 Anthology , the Guppy Open Submissions Competition 2022, the Write Mentor Children's Novel Award 2021 and the Owned Voices Novel Award 2021.
Julie serves as a trustee of Mslexia Magazine and as a member of the Access Scheme Advisory Group for Arts Council England. She is a judge for Scotland's National Book Awards 2023.
Follow her on Twitter: @Julie_Farrell_ and Instagram: @juliefarrellauthor