Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn was born in London in 1948, the daughter of the poet Thomas Blackburn and the painter Rosalie de Meric. Her first book, The White Men, was published in 1978. Since then she has written fifteen further books, including two novels, both shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and several biography/memoir mixes. The Three of Us, about her upbringing with parents, won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for literary autobiography in 2009. Thin Paths (2011) – which tells of her sometimes life in a mountain village in Italy and the stories of the people there – was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Ondaatje Prize, while Threads (2015) won the East Anglian Book of the Year and the New Angle Prize. Her most recent book is Time Song (2019).

She has written four plays for radio, including one about her mother, A Good Death, with Juliet Stevenson and Charles Dance; and The Spellbound Horses, about her father, with Diana Quick and Julia’s own son. She is also the author of two collections of poetry:  Murmurations of Love Grief and Starlings (Full Circle Editions 2014) and The Woman Who Always Loved Picasso (Carcanet 2019).

  1. Five Days To Write A Life

    Five Days To Write A Life

    Five Days
    24th - 28th February 2020
    Julia Blackburn
    How to write a life? I have no particular theories as to how a life story should be structured and presented, but I am interested in understanding the nature of the stories you wish to tell and I will do my best to facilitate the telling of them.