Photo: Notebook Magazine 2009
Juliet Hoey was born in Gympie, Queensland, but has lived most of her life in Brisbane. She is a professional musician, having graduated as a mature-age student from the Queensland Conservatorium with a distinction in piano. She subsequently studied cello, playing that instrument in a community orchestra when she is not performing piano concertos with the same orchestra. She was a piano examiner for thirty-two years, is a frequent adjudicator and currently teaches both piano and cello.
Writing has been a parallel passion ever since the age of nine when she found herself on holiday at Bribie Island without anything to read and solved the problem by writing a terrible book about a dog called Spotty. It kept her occupied for a whole three weeks. Three years later she won a state-wide essay competition as well as carrying off the English prize at school nearly every year. After school she enrolled at Queensland University from which she graduated with an arts degree, majoring in English.
During her busy life as a musician and a mother, she still found the time to write numerous articles, short stories and poetry. With her husband Denis, she wrote three musicals for children, one of which, The Loaded Dog, enjoyed an extremely successful schools tour with the Queensland Arts Council. In 1986 she co-founded the national church music magazine One Voice, which she edited alone for five years. A nonfiction book Under the Mulberry Tree, published in 1998, describes the experience of growing up in the riverside suburb of Bulimba.
Juliet Hoey has four adult sons, an increasing number of grandchildren and an extremely patient husband, also a musician.