Julia Wheeler

Julia Wheeler
Julia Wheeler is a writer, journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than 15 years, including as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent, based in the UAE, and covering the Arabian Peninsula between 2000 and 2010.

Wheeler has moderated large-scale conferences and chaired inter-governmental forums. She is chair and interviewer at several festivals including Cheltenham (Literature and Science), Hay, Manchester, Stanford’s Travel Writers Festival and the Chiswick, Stratford and Budleigh Salterton Literary Festivals. She has chaired events at The British Library, The Royal Geographical Society and onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, as well as for Warwick University, the Times subscriber events and The Evening Standard Stories Festival.

Wheeler hosts online conversations, webinars and panel discussions for UK and international organisations including the Times, the Singapore Book Council, the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, SAGA, Concierge and the Global Association of Literary Festivals.

Wheeler has been in conversation with Graham Norton, David Walliams, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, Jay Blades, Hugh Bonneville, Robert Harris, Jeremy Bowen, Darcey Bussell, Julian Clary, Alexander McCall Smith, Jay Blades, Robert Webb,  Richard Osman, Ruth Jones, Mark Billingham, Rory Bremner, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Colin Thubron, Benedict Allen, David Baddiel, Ben Miller, Mel Giedroyc, Jenny Eclair, Simon Reeve, Alan Titchmarsh, Jeannette Winterson, Julia Quinn, Kate Humble, Rachel Johnson, Mariella Frostrup, Simon Armitage, Elif Shafak, Anthony Horowitz, Jack Dee and Ed Balls. Julia was part of a theatre tour with Amanda Owen, The Yorkshire Shepherdess.

She sits on the board of the Stratford Literary Festival and is a trustee at a Kent secondary school.