Creative Non-fiction

Numerous creative non-fiction pieces for: The Sunday Age, The Big Issue, Eureka Street and, most recently, in Dumbo Feather. See below for detailed listings.

New book, 2020 a prayer, a plea, a bird

a prayer, a plea, a bird

December 2020, prayers and stories that have emerged from this year of bushfire, pandemic, and lockdown . Prayers that call out care for creatures, humans and creation, stories that bear witness in sorrow and celebration. A prayer, a plea, a bird can be purchased direct from MediaCom here.

Tender, stories that lean into kindness


Launched May 11, 2019 by Pádraig Ó Tuama, Tender is a collection of 60 non-fiction stories by Julie Perrin and published by MediaCom.
Read reviews in Eureka Street here and The Melbourne Anglican here.

Current Publications 2017 – 2020

click on the links below to go to Julie Perrin’s recent essays and stories

The Saturday Age

The Sunday Age and Sydney Morning Herald

Dumbo Feather

Eureka Street

The Big Issue



Art/s and Theology Australia Blog

The Sunday Age, Weekend Magazine

Previously Published Creative non-Fiction (pre-2017)

  • The Lost Dog is Home in Award Winning Bush Verse & Stories, Melbourne Books, (2013) winner of the Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling Award (2011)
  • Lowitja O’Donoghue’s Gaze in Earthsong, Vol. 2 Issue 5 (Spring 2013)
  • My Grandparents’ Garden in The Big Issue #376 (15-28 March 2011)
  • The Lemon Scented Gum in Stamping Ground: Stories of the Northern Suburbs of MelbourneClouds of Magellan (2009)
  • Declaration of Purpose in 29 Neatly Bound EscapadesVisible Ink Anthology (2007)
  • Let God be God in Lacuna: Space for God, Uniting Church in Australia (2003)


  • ‘Once There was …: Reclaiming Storytelling in the Middle Years,’ co-written with Jane Kirkby and Julie Faulkner, in Australian Literacy Educators Journal (June 2014)
  • ‘The Siev X Memorial’ in Pen Melbourne Quarterly Issue 1 (May 2014)
  • ‘Oral Culture in the Classroom’ in Practically Primary, Vol. 19, No. 1 (February 2014)
  • ‘Narrating the Everyday Stories of Our Experience’ in Primarily English, Victorian Association for the Teaching of English, Vol. 3, No.1 (2014)
  • ‘Mirrors and Windows: Finding God in Human Experience’ in Ministry Society Theology, Vol 14 (2001)
  • ‘Storying our Faith’ in Contemporary Music Network, 8th issue (August 1999)
  • ‘Reflection on the Camel Dancer’ in Zadok Perspectives, Summer No. 51 (1996)
  • ‘Time Warp’ in Community Quarterly, No. 39 (1996)
  • ‘The Tree Planters’ in Community Quarterly, No. 40 (1996)
  • ‘On Becoming a Warrior’ in Zadok Perspectives (Winter 1995)
  • ‘The Gesture’ in Women Church: Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (Spring 1992)


  • Before There Were Books There Were Stories with City of Hume bilingual storytellers and primary schools, DVD published by Broadmeadows Uniting Care (2010)
  • To the Heartland and Other Tales,self-published storytelling CD (1997)
  • ‘Keeping the Faith’ Big things little things, Uniting Education (1996)
  • ‘Once upon Your Birthday’, lead storyteller for Community Arts Project funded by the Australia Council, Video (1996)

Reports and Organisational Writing

  • Pathways to the River, commissioned by Brunswick Uniting Church (2013)
  • A New Conversation about Ageing study guide, Uniting Agewell (2012)
  • Annual Reports and Newsletter, Uniting Care Sunshine Broadmeadows (2008- 2012)
  • Share Appeal, fundraising letters and brochures and Annual Report Stories (2007-2009)


  • Kick Footy’ in Reflections on Melbourne, Poetica Christi Press (2009)
  • ‘Meeting Ruby’ in Learning to Breastfeed, Ormond Press (2004)
  • ‘A Love Poem for another Human’ in Tattle Tales, Visible Ink (2006)


  • ‘Deep Stillness’ is a blessing Julie wrote using images from the Australian landscape, set to music by Lutheran songwriter, Robin Mann.

‘Deep Stillness’ has been published multiple times and sung by thousands of people. ‘For You Deep Stillness,’ (CCLI) published with Robin Mann, (1997), NCYC (1999, 2001), Open Book (2000), Seasons of the Spirit (2005), Iona publications (2006).

Landscape photography by Eva Rugel