Julie Watson spent more than forty years teaching around the world and in UK higher education before retiring to the Isle of Wight in 2016.
She has published research in her academic field and has travelled extensively during her career. Soon after coming to live on the Isle of Wight, she took up kayaking, joined Wight Writers and started to take her creative writing more seriously.
She has published two books with Beachy Books. Her most recent one is called Travel Takeaways: Around the World in Forty Tales (2023). This was preceded by Travel Mementos (2021), a smaller collection of personal stories about some of the faraway places she has visited. She has also had a number of articles and guest blog posts published on aspects of the writing process.
When not writing, she teaches English to refugees, paddles her kayak on the Western Yar, takes an interest in natural history and, when at home, she is personal slave to a small feline house guest.