Dr Julie Carter


Writer, educator and mind coach

A short Biography

I grew up in Sunderland and I often praise the City Council whose progressive social and education policies transformed my life. Until my late twenties I taught science and outdoor education then trained in Medicine at Manchester. I worked in emergency care and general practice for a couple of decades before concentrating my efforts on drug free ways to improve emotional health.

I now live in the Lake District and have been an English and British Fellrunning champion in my age group and in 2019 I became the first woman to complete an extended version of the Bob Graham Round involving 55 summits at age 55. I completed the 55@55 in 23 hours and 48 minutes.

About Julie Carter Mindfell

I write because I have always known that the essence of life, of what gives us joy and allows us to survive our sorrows, and what ‘makes us tick’, is difficult to talk about in everyday language. Through my own life, and through my work as a doctor, I also know that the language of science is sometimes of little help.

Since childhood I have always found reading hard work which is one of my reasons for valuing clarity. For me, good writing deals with the complexity and mystery of life and helps to make sense of it - getting that inner nod of ‘yes’ when a nail has been hit, artfully and beautifully, but squarely on the head. Writing also comforts and reassures, enlightens, inspires, challenges and motivates - these are my aspirations.

What I write is most accurately described as ‘creative non- fiction’, although I work across different writing genres and collaborate with artists and creatives of all kinds including scientists. 

Published Books

Running the Red Line – a true and compelling story dealing with how to extend one’s boundaries in sport and life.

Is It Serious? - a collection of poetry and short works in five chapters: family, love, science, medicine and wild things.

Click on the titles above for details including buying options. Both are available as e books via Amazon and will be published in Audio in 2020.

Upcoming Books

The Script – a tale of DNA, Destiny and Determination’ - a full length narrative non-fiction on the theme of inheritance which tells the story of my own running heritage and takes me on a very long run. Publication will be early in 2021.

Also, in progress is another short works / poetry collection.


A selection from the eclectic mix of Journals where my work has appeared:

Human Givens Journal, British Medical Journal, the Cosmology and Arts magazine ‘Until the Starts Burn Out’, Fellrunner magazine, Runners Radar, Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal and Pinnacle Club Journal.


My piece ‘Everyday Magic’ was set to classical music by the composer Ella Jarmin-Pinto after we met on the ‘Arty Show’ at BBC Radio Cumbria and most recently I have co-directed my film ‘I Am A Fellrunner’ working with the photographer Jessie Leong. I am the proud holder of the office of ‘Poet in Residence’ at my running club, Keswick AC.