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Julia Rampen

  • NorthBound Book Award, 2022
Julia Rampen

Julia Rampen is a Scottish-Canadian writer, poet, journalist and editor based in Liverpool. She spent many of her childhood holidays in Cumbria visiting her grandparents and drew on the stories she heard about the landscape while writing the novel. She began reporting on undocumented people and hostile environments after co-founding a Syrian storytelling project, Qisetna, and now works for IMIX, a charity which raises awareness of refugee rights in the media.


‘I’m totally overwhelmed to be awarded this prize. Writing this novel around a day job has not been easy, and I might have given up many times if not for the encouragement of friends and writing networks. I’m incredibly excited to have the chance to be published, and thrilled it’s through a publisher and prize that champions the North.

Researching the book was a journey of discovery, and I hope the book will be a gateway to some of the excellent reporting and memoirs that I was lucky enough to read across on my way.’

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