Juliette Hughes is a freelance writer and editor who has had many pieces published in The Age and Eureka Street magazine. She was born in 1949 in Manchester, England and lived in Lytham St Annes until 1963 when her family emigrated (ten-pound tourists!) to Australia. She has been married to Rick Norwood since 1974 and they have two sons, Laurie and Peter. (Peter is also interested in community radio and is the presenter of 96.5 Inner FM's Wednesday Morning Magazine.)
Educated by Brigidine nuns in Geelong, she took an Honours Arts degree in Pure English at the University of Melbourne and did her Diploma of Education with the help of an Education Department studentship. She taught in state and Catholic schools with a couple of breaks to have her two sons and to pursue her other interest – music.
Music was the vital link in her family: her parents and her four sisters all sang, every day, anything at all from opera to rock. Her first rock concert was The Beatles at Festival Hall in 1964 and she still fondly remembers the Carnaby Street clothes that all self-respecting mods wore at those times. She has worked as a professional singer in opera, jazz, folk and rock and started and ran her own early music group (called Viriditas). She still teaches singing privately and loves most genres of music.
Juliette is an animal lover, a keen environmentalist and a liberal Catholic who leans towards feminism and hopes that there's a better world in store for her granddaughter when she grows up. She is getting more and more bolshie as she ages and expects to be quite dangerous by the time she's 90. She thinks that 96.5 Inner FM is a very important part of community life.