Julie Proudfoot

"The Neighbour is an astute psycological drama that offers a powerful and literary meditation on the nature of guilt and responsibility."

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Bendigo writer Julie Proudfoot's debut novel won the Seizure Literary Journal's Viva La Novella Prize earlier this year. And its quickly apparent why the novel has distinguished itself. Read more.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Past, Present and Future is the fortnightly series of posts in which I invite a very special guest to grab a cup of tea and come time travelling with me. I ask someone bookish to tell me about a book from their past, the book they’re reading now, and a book they’re planning to read soon. Hence the name – past, present and future.
It seems pretty much everyone’s talking about this fortnight’s guest, Julie Proudfoot. She’s the author of The Neighbour – one of four novellas published as a part of Seizure’s second Viva la Novella competition. Here’s what Julie’s been reading. Read more.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014
To win a national prize for your first attempt at long-formed fiction writing is quite an accomplishment for any writer, but this is exactly what happened to Bendigo writer Julie Proudfoot. In June of this year Julie was announced as a winner in the 2014 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize, part of The Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne for her novella: The Neighbour. 

Julie has been a writer and blogger for some years now and has had fiction, non-fiction, and poetry works published in many national and international journals, including an interview with the late Elizabeth Jolley. 
The Neighbour began as a project in a novel writing class. Then titled Drowning, Julie continued working on the story after the class had ended. Once completed, an editor suggested it be submitted for the prize, there was a title change and The Neighbour became a winner.

In her teens, Julie first expressed her interest in becoming a writer to a friend. When asked: "What would you write?" Julie replied "Don't know. I haven't lived enough." Since that time she has graduated with degrees in Psychology and Sociology from LaTrobe University, worked as a bookseller, creative writing mentor, property manager, and dental nurse. These experiences, particularly her psychology background now feed into her work.

As well as launching The Neighbour at the upcoming Bendigo Writers Festival in August, Julie will be chairing a panel during the festival. 
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Julie was at the Capital Theatre to kick off launch of the 2014 Bendigo Writers festival.

Julie Proudfoot and Terry Jaensch were at The Capital in View Street today, Thursday June 5, to help us send our big, friendly winter festival out into the world. Julie has just been awarded the Seizure novella prize for her book, The Neighbour, and she had a copy with her, still smelling of fresh ink. Lovely it is; please come along to BWF on August 9 to celebrate this achievement with another successful Bendigo writer. Read the full article here.

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