Venue: Walled Garden.

Julianne Pachico was born in 1985 in England and grew up in Cali, Colombia. She has lived and worked abroad in various places, including Ecuador, Mexico and Indonesia.

Her debut collection of stories is The Lucky Ones. Set in lush, heady Colombia – and in a jungle-like New York City – it brings together the fates of guerrilla soldiers, rich kids, rabbits, hostages, bourgeois expats, and drug dealers.

As different characters spin in and out of focus, Pachico explores Colombia’s inequalities and instability, but builds a world that is uniquely her own; the result is a beautifully controlled exploration of what makes a victim and what makes a perpetrator, and how lives are fatefully entwined, despite deep cultural divides.

Julianne is currently completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. In 2015 she was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and had two stories anthologized in Salt Publishing’s Best British Short Stories. Her short stories have been published by the New Yorker, The White Review, Lighthouse and Litro.