Over recent years, I have written bits and bobs for national papers and magazines – most notably, Guardian Family and Guardian Online, and the Sunday Telegraph travel pages. The articles still knock around on those august publications’ websites…

I have also been lucky enough to publish four non-fiction books – Indian Folk Theatres (Routledge, 2008); When the Bough Breaks (John Murray, 2009); Chicken Coops for the Soul (Guardian Books 2010) and Why we Sing (due out with Atlantic in 2023)

The first derived from more than a decade spent directing, teaching and learning in India, particularly in remote rural areas where theatre and music are a vital part of everyday (outdoor) life. The second book is a memoir about my dear daughter Imogen and the impact her birth had on my family. The third is a light-hearted look at one of my ongoing enthusiasms – keeping chickens.

You can buy beautifully-produced hardback copies of CHICKEN COOPS FOR THE SOUL direct from me for £7.50 (plus p&p) – julia.hollander@icloud.com

Why we Sing will have a big launch and a page of its own very soon – watch this space!