I am a Scottish-Canadian journalist, editor, podcaster and writer currently based in Liverpool, with an interest in politics, economics, travel and the arts. My debut novel, The Bayis coming out in August 2023 after winning the NorthBound Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the First Pages Prize, the Bath Novel Awards and was runner up in the Bridport Prize novel category.

I started my career as a financial journalist, working as a news reporter for several trade magazines, including Mortgage Solutions and Investment Week. In late 2014, I moved to The Mirror where I helped found the online personal finance section, Mirror Money Online, of which I was deputy editor. In 2016, four days before Brexit, I moved to the New Statesman as editor of the Staggers Westminster blog. In 2017, I became The New Statesman‘s digital news editor. In 2019, I moved to Liverpool and became the digital night editor of The Liverpool Echo. Since February 2021, I’ve worked for IMIX, a charity which connects refugees and journalists.

My freelance writing includes The Guardian, Time Out, The Globe & Mail, Slate, Refinery29, The Overtake, DiversityQ and Maclean’s. In broadcast, my appearances include ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Radio 5 Live, TalkRADIO, BBC Radio 4 (Woman’s Hour) and the Sky News All Out Politics podcast.

I’m a co-founder of the Syrian storytelling platform Qisetna: Talking Syria.

My limited series podcast exploring Liverpool in the time of Militant is available on Apple Podcasts here.

Follow me on Twitter @JuliaRampenMM or subscribe to my newsletter for recommended reads here.

Contact me at juliarampen [at] gmail.com.