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Dr Julie Wheelwright

Director, MA Creative Writing

School of Arts and Social Sciences

Contact Information


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ALG08, College Building


Postal Address

City University London
Northampton Square



Julie is the programme director of the MA creative writing (non-fiction) and MA creative writing and publishing.

She began her writing career at the University of British Columbia where she edited the student newspaper, then worked for The Vancouver Sun and later became president of a national newspaper organisation, Canadian University Press.

Since moving to London in 1984, where she received an MA in History from Sussex University, she has written for several national newspapers and magazines and is a regular contributor to the literary pages of The Independent. Her articles have appeared in the BBC History Magazine, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Times Magazine, Red Magazine and Scotland on Sunday, among others.

An award-winning writer, Julie Wheelwright's books include The Fatal Lover: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage, which was translated into five languages, and Amazons and Military Maids: Women Who Dressed as Men in Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness.

Julie has also produced television documentaries for the History Channel, the BBC and Channel Four. She has written and presented documentaries for BBC Radio Four, the World Service and has appeared on Woman's Hour, Great Lives and Start the Week.

Her biography of her ancestor, Esther: The Remarkable True Story of Esther Wheelwright, Puritan Child, Native Daughter, Mother Superior, was published in 2011 by HarperCollins Canada. She is currently enrolled as PhD student at City University London and lives in London with her two daughters.