Julian is a biographer, journalist and essayist with several years’ experience of teaching writing skills adapted to different academic and professional needs. A radio and TV broadcaster and an experienced translator with an MA in Modern Languages, he has spoken and taught across many subject areas, from contemporary politics to the twentieth-century novel. Beginning his career in publishing, he turned to writing when he made a journey across the Pacific Ocean that ended at a US nuclear-missile test range. Since publishing the book that resulted, Transit of Venus, he has written and presented many documentaries, including the twenty-part BBC Radio 3 series on the European novel, The Romantic Road. His latest book is the authorised biography of the writer and adventurer Norman Lewis, Semi-Invisible Man (2008). He is a contributor to the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Prospect, New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement and Condé Nast Traveller. Julian was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Bristol University and then at the University of the West of England from 2009–2012. In 2014 he returned to UWE as a tutor and consultant to the Department of Health and Social Sciences’ new writing development programme.