All About Julia Edwards
Julia Edwards was born in 1977. She lives in Salisbury, UK, with her husband, three children, and several deer that keep getting into her garden and eating her flowers and vegetables.
When she started to think about writing for children, she knew straight away that she would write about time-travel, because she’d always wanted to go back in time. She hasn’t yet actually managed to get into the past , like Joe does in her books, but writing about his adventures has been the next best thing.
Julia’s School Visits
Julia works mainly with children aged between 8 and 12 (Key Stage 2). However, she has also done workshops with Year 2 and Years 7, 8 and 9, as well as with children with a wide range of special needs. She is always happy to create new material for sessions according to the needs of the school, given enough notice.
A typical day starts with an assembly-style introduction to the series for KS2, including a Q &A session on being an author if time allows. There is no limit to the number of children for this session.
The remainder of the day breaks down into class-sized interactive sessions lasting between 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 mins, to fit with the school’s timetable. Julia currently offers a choice of ten workshops:
A: 5 historical literacy sessions, each based on one of Julia’s Scar Gatherer books – historical periods currently offered are Romans, Vikings, Tudors, Great Fire of London and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Suitable for all KS2 ages, but limited to 30 children per workshop.
B: stand-alone workshop on dramatic tension, including re-enacting Litttle Red Riding Hood. Suitable for all KS2 ages;
C: 2 story-writing workshops, bookable as a pair or individually, covering characterisation and setting, and how to plot a story. Most suitable for Y4 to Y6;
D: 2 deepening understanding workshops: the first focusses on editing, to include spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as style; the second covers register, teaching children how to identify and use different kinds of formal and informal language correctly. Most suitable for Y5 and Y6.
Julia is the author of The Scar Gatherer Series, a sequence of seven time-travel adventures for children. The first five books are now out:
The Leopard in the Golden Cage
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time?
Joe Hopkins isn’t expecting to go anywhere. It’s the first day of the summer holidays and he’s fed up. His dad has moved out, and he doesn’t know what to do with himself for the next six weeks.
But while visiting Fishbourne Roman Palace, he slips through time by mistake and finds himself in a world where nothing is quite as he expects. He meets Lucy, the daughter of the most important man in Britannia, who soon becomes his friend and protector. But as he quickly discovers, there is someone else who wants to get rid of him at any cost.
Can Joe survive in Lucy’s world for long enough to outwit his enemy and save his new friend from a terrible fate?
Saving the Unicorn’s Horn
What can you do when your closest friend lives hundreds of years away?
Joe Hopkins is staying in York for October half-term. He hasn’t seen Lucy since the beginning of September and he’s really missing her. But when at last he slips through time again, he’s alarmed to find himself in a different world altogether. This isn’t Roman Britain. It’s Jorvik, in the age of the Vikings.
Joe is relieved to discover that Lucy is here, but dismayed that his former enemy seems to be in this new world too. Can Joe protect Lucy from harm this time, and stop the prophecy of the unicorn’s horn from coming true?
The Falconer’s Quarry
The key that unlocks Lucy’s world has a dangerous power.
It’s Easter Saturday, and Joe Hopkins is out riding with his brother. When his horse throws him off, he lands, quite literally, in Tudor England.
Joe has learned about the Tudors at school. But if he thinks that will help him, he soon discovers that he knows both too little and too much.
He doesn’t realise that by giving Lucy his St. Christopher, he is putting her in danger. And when it is taken from her, he faces an even greater peril to get it back.
The Demon in the Embers
Joe Hopkins has been visiting the Tower of London when he slips through time. He finds himself in a city which is dirty, dark and chaotic.
Relieved to be welcomed once more into Lucy’s home, he is horrified to find the Great Plague has killed half her family. Worse still, another great danger looms, a danger only Joe can see.
With his knowledge of the Great Fire of London, he knows he must try and stop it from happening. But before he can, he stumbles across another plot more deadly to England than the fire itself.
Slaves for the Isabella
What if freedom wasn’t something you could take for granted? What if you had to fight for it?
If there’s one thing Joe Hopkins knows better than anyone, it’s that the past can be very uncomfortable. But life in wealthy Georgian Bristol seems surprisingly civilized. Lucy’s house is light and airy, and there are sandwiches and tea with sugar.
He soon discovers, however, that this civility is only skin deep: Lucy’s family is shockingly involved in slavery.
When he meets the African slaves her father has brought back from Jamaica, Joe swiftly finds there are other people in the house who are determined to see them gone, and to profit from their disappearance.
Reviews and Recommendations
Here’s what some of Julia’s readers have said:
“I really liked this book … the emotions of the characters were intriguing … can’t wait to learn more about the Vikings from the next book.”
Iris, aged 10
“I’d say you’re on track to being a big author … the descriptions are amazing … please carry on writing as I’d love to hear more.”
Erin, aged 10
“I really like the way it ends … I can’t wait till the next one comes out. Have you written it yet?”
Iona, aged 8
Schools have said:
“ … Julia drew on the children’s experience of antagonists and protagonists in fiction, using role play in which she selected a group of children to re-enact the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The role play was handled well by Julia to maintain the focus of the activity and the children were very absorbed by the interactive talk and enjoyed the reading from Julia’s first book, “The Leopard and the Golden Cage”.
In follow up lessons, the children recalled and developed several key points from Julia’s talk. The session certainly had a positive influence in deepening their understanding of the structure and composition of story writing. Some very good story writing resulted from the unit of work. Many of the children are looking forward to the next book in the series.”
Jonathan Howard, History Leader and Yr 5 teacher, Bartley Junior School, Hampshire
One of Julia’s sessions was also mentioned in the Ofsted report for Old Sarum Primary School in Wiltshire, as “compelling”.
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Julia Edwards, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org