Julie is from the Burruberongal clan of Darug Nation. She is a novelist, poet and playwright, and is a recipient of a Create NSW Arts grant and an Australia Council of the Arts grant for her crime novel: Madukka the River Serpent, with an Aboriginal woman protagonist sleuth.
Julie has appeared as an invited writer at the Newcastle Writers Festival 2022, the Berry Writers Festival 2022 and the Headland Writers Festival 2022.
Also, Adelaide Writers Festival 2021. The Bendigo Writers Festival; The Headland Writers Festival Tathra; the Words on the Waves festival on Central Coast NSW. The Byron Bay Writers Festival 2021 was planned but cancelled due to Covid.
Julie's new Indigenous crime novel: MADUKKA THE RIVER SERPENT was published by UWAP on the 22nd of November 2022.
Julie’s career as a playwright began when she wrote and directed plays in remote Australian Northern Territory Aboriginal communities. She is now a novelist and award-winning poet. Julie is a Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal Nation. She is co-recipient of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize, 2016 and winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, 2019.
Her fellowships include Developing Writer’s Fellowship, Australia Council; Asialink Literature Residencies, Indonesia; Tyrone Guthrie Writing Residency, Ireland; Varuna Fellowships; and Australia Council BR Whiting Residency, Rome. She has been recipient of a New Work, Australia Council grant and was guest writer at the 2016, Listowel Writers Festival and Belfast Book Week and the 2019 Georgetown Literary Festival.
Julie self-published two novels before the debut of her critically acclaimed book Benevolence (Magabala Books 2020). Julie has written ten produced plays, including two at Belvoir St Theatre – Black Mary and Gunjies and Two Plays, published by Aboriginal Studies Press 1996.
"Julie Janson's crime thriller does so much more than solve a murder... Raw, visceral, rude and tough - it's the new perspective on Australian noir that we've been waiting for" Jock Serong
"Step aside Jay Swan. In a first in Australian crime fiction, meet June - the Murri investigator tracking water theft who instead exposes murder" Daniel Browning ABC.