Julie Janson


Julie Janson is an established Australian playwright and novelist. She is of Aboriginal descent from the Burruberongal clan of the Darug Nation of the Hawkesbury River, NSW.

Julie is an established playwright with ten plays produced professionally in Australia, Indonesia and USA. Her debut novel, The Crocodile Hotel, was published by Cyclops Press 2015. The film rights for The Crocodile Hotel have recently been optioned by Lucky Country Productions.

Julie’s writing credits include many residencies: Asialink in Indonesia; Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Ireland and the BR Whiting Rome Studio; and the 2013 Writing Fellowship Australia Council for the Arts.

Julie was recently a guest writer at the Listowel Writers Week and Belfast Book Week. Her plays have been nominated for an AWGIE Award, and shortlisted for the Patrick White Award and the Griffin Award.

Julie Janson’s plays Black Mary and Gunjies were published by Aboriginal Studies Press (1996). Black Mary was produced by Co B Belvoir St Theatre for the Olympic Festival of the Dreaming (1997) and by Phoenix Theatre, Arizona, USA. The Eyes of Marege was performed at the Studio Sydney Opera House and the Ozasia Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre (2007).

Julie is also a senior researcher on the University of Sydney website: www.historyofaboriginalsydney.edu.au


Praise for The Crocodile Hotel:


“[The Crocodile Hotel is] a story that needs to be told: a riveting account of a young Aboriginal woman from Western Sydney asserting her own identity in a remote Northern Territory community in the teeth of entrenched racism at the beginning of land rights.” Linda Burney