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Julie Farrell (BA Film and Drama 2000)


Studying film and drama sparked my imagination with a desire to write my own stories. I'm happiest when I'm creating plots, characters, and dialogue - it's like watching my very own Richard Curtis film inside my head, and I get to control the action and outcome!
My novels Ruby in the Dust and Driving Me to You are the products of my passion for writing!
I enjoy meditation, yoga, and Buddhist philosophy, all of which are subtly reflected in my work. I also love the music of Bob Dylan - he certainly knows how to create magic with words!

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

I was attracted to the course - Film and Drama. It sounded perfect for me, and it was. It taught me how to articulate my ideas and express myself.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

I enjoyed learning about the context of films and theatre - the sociology, the politics, and psychology. It was my first proper encounter of feminist theory, which has resonated with me ever since.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I'm a contemporary romance author. It's been a long road, and I've spent years honing my craft. Now I'm very happy to say that my books are selling, and people are enjoying them!

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

The course helped me to formulate my world view and also it taught me how to write well.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year?

Life is for living, so live it the best you can. It's a short and precious life, and it doesn't last long. Do what makes you happy, as well as trying to make others happy. That way, it'll be a life worth living.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

It was the place where I grew up and learnt how to articulate myself in ways that I'd always dreamed of. My favourite memory is of all the lovely people I met - the tutors and all my fellow students. It was a great time of my life!

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