We are thrilled to welcome Juliana Mensah to a new residency, Novelist in Residence at Dilston Physic Garden for 2021.

J.A. Mensah is a prose and theatre writer and a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of York. She was a Leverhulme Artist in Residence and her plays have been produced by Pilot Theatre in York and Live Theatre in Newcastle, among others. Her short stories have been published forthcoming in edited collections by Comma Press (The Book of Newcastle, 2020), New Writing North (New Narratives for the North East, 2021), and Dead Ink (Test Signal, 2021). Her debut novel, Castles from Cobwebs, won the inaugural NorthBound Book Award and is longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.

Juliana is using her time at the physic garden to research and write her second novel – we are very excited about it’s subject! Juliana will also lead creative writing workshops for the general public and writing for well-being workshops with charitable organisations working with vulnerable women.


Join Juliana at her (virtual) workshop Novel Ailments and Curious Cures on 8th July 1-3pm. Taking inspiration from the surroundings at the Dilston Physic Garden, this creative writing workshop explores chronic ailments, phantom illnesses and fantastical transformations. Come along to invent remedies and try out playful writing exercises as a way into building character, developing plot and creating intrigue in your stories. Read More. Register for this event by emailing juliana.mensah@york.ac.uk.