Julia Wheeler is an experienced journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than 15 years, including as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent, based in the UAE and covering the Arabian Peninsula between 2000 and 2010. She continues to work as a freelance journalist from the UK.
Julia wrote the award-winning book Telling Tales: An Oral History of Dubai, capturing stories of court intrigue, pearl diving and gold smuggling, plus the early days of education and banking. She is an alumna of the Faber Academy and writes fiction.
Julia has moderated large-scale conferences and chaired inter-governmental forums. She is chair and interviewer at several festivals including Cheltenham (Literature and Science), Stanfords Travel Writers Festival at London’s Olympia and the Stratford Literary Festival. She has chaired events at The British Library and on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. As festivals and organisations have transitioned to digital or hybrid events, Julia has hosted online conversations, webinars and panel discussions for the UK and international organisations and audiences.
Julia read Economic and Social History before postgraduate study in Broadcast Journalism at City, University of London.