Award-winning author Julia Ibbotson joined the RNA as a member of the New Writers’ Scheme, but was signed to a publisher within 3 months. She is a keen member of the RNA, Society of Authors and the Historical Novel Society. She is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel and these are reflected in her writing.
She studied English at Keele University, specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in linguistics.
She wrote her first novel at 10, but became a school teacher, then university lecturer and researcher. Julia spent a turbulent but exciting time in Ghana, West Africa, teaching and nursing. She has published both academic works and fiction, including a medieval time-slip (A Shape on the Air), a children’s novel (S.C.A.R.S), a memoir (The Old Rectory), and the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins in Ghana in the 1960s).
Apart from insatiable reading, Julia loves world travel, choral singing, swimming, yoga, and walking in the UK and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time. She loves supporting other authors and runs an editing/critiquing service: details on her website.