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 Julie Primon

Julie Primon

Research student, Creative Writing, School of English, Communication and Philosophy


I am a member of NAWE (National Association for Writers in Education). I hold an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle).

My creative work has been published in the local anthology Café Collisions, as well as the Made in Roath: Volume 1 anthology

In 2015, I also won the Hour of Writes weekly competition ‘Artist as Witness.’ My entry was published in the Winners Anthology 2015,

Conferences, symposia and seminars

English: Shared Futures (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, July 2017): I organised and participated in a panel titled ‘Reflections on Time and Place: The Creative Writing PhD in Historical Fiction,’ alongside Laura McKenna (University College Cork), Fiona Whyte (University College Cork), and Paul Pattison (Anglia Ruskin University).

NAWE conference (Stratford-upon-Avon, November 2016): I co-delivered an interactive workshop titled ‘Writing in Time’ alongside Claire Williamson, another PhD candidate at Cardiff University.


Research interests

My research interests include prose fiction, novel writing, and YA fiction. As a French native writing creatively in English, I'm also interested in matters of translation, and in the structures and nuances of language.


I have been a postgraduate tutor in Creative Writing at ENCAP for two years.


Like a River towards the Sea: Writing the Unfamiliar

My thesis comprises a historical novel set in Bologna, and a critical thesis about the creative research involved in recreating a place foreign to the writer.

My Italian grandmother inspired the novel: though a very intelligent woman, she was poor, unable to study as she would have wished, and felt that marriage was the only way out. My narrative sees a young woman from the north leaving her village in an attempt to escape this life, and becoming involved in the Bolognese struggle during the Second World War. The novel explores the condition of Italian women at the time, with themes such as tradition versus modernity, transgression, coming of age, ethics and religion, and the fluid definition of womanhood. My critical thesis will investigate the process of ‘writing the unfamiliar.’ I will touch on ethical concerns such as the ‘right’ to tell a story, as well as the actual and fictional representations of Italy in British culture today. I will also explore the issues related to language: how does a writer create the impression that the characters are speaking their mother tongue, despite the novel being written in English? Is it possible to truthfully represent a foreign language?

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