Julie at ‘Home’ for Smuggling Tales

12th April, 2017

Julie will feel at home next month as she presents a talk to Burton Women’s Fellowship. Burton village has been Julie’s home for many years and appears in the Smugglers’ Town Mysteries. The talk is to be held in St Luke’s Parish Hall on Wednesday 10th May at 7.30. Julie will talk about smuggling in Christchurch,… Read More

World Book Night Author Fair

20th March, 2017

Julie will be attending an exciting event at Christchurch Library to celebrate World Book night. The event is being organised by Dorset Libraries and will showcase 20 local authors. Date: 22 April 2017 Time: 10.30 to 3.00pm Location: Christchurch Library and Learning Centre, High Street, Christchurch Free entry There will be a competition to win… Read More

A Smuggler’s Child

11th September, 2016

Christchurch Heritage Festival – Watch the Wall talks On Tuesday 25th October  and Friday 28th October Julie Ratcliffe will present a free talk for children and families, A Smuggler’s Child. The talk is part of the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2016 – Watch the Wall Smugglers! If you lived in 1784, at the time of the… Read More

The Moonrakers of Avon out now

8th August, 2016

A new Smugglers’ Town Mystery , The Moonrakers of Avon is now available.   The Moonrakers of Avon is another fast-paced adventure set in 1781, where two Christchurch men are arrested and charged with coining – forging and passing counterfeit coins, which was treason and a capital offence. One of the men is protagonist, Danny… Read More

Where to meet Julie this summer

25th May, 2016

Meet Julie this summer – and The Moonrakers of Avon As summer fairs and festivals get underway, you’ll have a chance to meet Julie at several events in Christchurch to buy copies of the Smugglers’ Town Mysteries and have them signed. You can also chat to Julie about the upcoming Smuggler Festival, Watch the Wall that… Read More

Library visit decides on smelly century

26th February, 2016

Julie visited Oakdale Library, Poole on Friday 19th February with a talk: Just how smelly was the 18th century? Eleven children heard about life at the time of the Smugglers’ Town Mysteries, and were shown some of the resources Julie uses for research. There were readings from The Thirteenth Box and there were also  artefacts to… Read More