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Julia Johnson

A thirst for adventure brought Julia Johnson to Dubai more than 40 years ago, and much of her writing inspiration comes from the UAE and Oman. A desire to share her discoveries about the region led to her first story, The Pearl Diver, now read and enjoyed in primary schools throughout the Gulf.

Many more books followed, including the award-winning The Turtle Secret and The Secret of the Cave. Her latest book is Lizard and Toad. She has just finished a longer, darker story about the Arabian Gulf’s pearl divers for older children, which is being optioned for film.

Julia is working on her first full-length play. Her ten-minute “short” has been shortlisted for “Short + Sweet” Hollywood.