towards a grammar of being
Julie Waugh was born in the small coal mining town of Lithgow, situated on the edge of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. After training to be a registered nurse at the local hospital, she moved to Sydney and combined motherhood with studying for a BA at the University of New South Wales, majoring in psychology.
In Sydney she worked as a courier, secretary, venepuncturist, copywriter, nurse, freelance editor and spent five years as a medical writer for a publishing company.
Although she began to write poetry in her early twenties it wasn’t until later in life that she started writing again. She also completed a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales, and since then her poems have been published widely in Australia and overseas.