Toni Morrison & Julia Leigh

Julia Leigh had already published her first novel, The Hunter, prior to the mentoring year.

Julia Leigh had already published her first novel, The Hunter, prior to the mentoring year.

According to Julia Leigh, the most valuable aspect of the time she spent with her mentor, Toni Morrison, was the reassurance that she was on the right track and that her project was worthwhile.
Princeton, 2003

According to Julia Leigh, the most valuable aspect of the time she spent with her mentor, Toni Morrison, was the reassurance that she was on the right track and that her project was worthwhile.
Princeton, 2003

Julia Leigh in a Paris bookshop.

Julia Leigh in a Paris bookshop.

Julia Leigh: “What matters is the end result, the work itself.”

Julia Leigh: “What matters is the end result, the work itself.”

Julia Leigh cites as her muse, “Reading, reading, reading. Widely and eclectically.“
Paris, 2002

Julia Leigh cites as her muse, “Reading, reading, reading. Widely and eclectically.“ Paris, 2002

Julia Leigh works on her second novel in Paris.

Julia Leigh works on her second novel in Paris.

Julia Leigh at work in Paris.

Julia Leigh at work in Paris.

Julia Leigh speaks at the Shanghai International Literary Festival in March 2011.
Shanghai, 2011

Julia Leigh speaks at the Shanghai International Literary Festival in March 2011. Shanghai, 2011

Disquiet, Julia Leigh’s first novella, was published to acclaim in 2008.

Disquiet, Julia Leigh’s first novella, was published to acclaim in 2008.

Julia Leigh at a book signing for Disquiet, winner of the 2009 Encore Award.
New York, 2008

Julia Leigh at a book signing for Disquiet, winner of the 2009 Encore Award. New York, 2008

Julia Leigh, writer and director of Sleeping Beauty is pictured with fellow protégé Ben Frost who composed the music for Sleeping Beauty.
Cannes, 2011

Julia Leigh, writer and director of Sleeping Beauty is pictured with fellow protégé Ben Frost who composed the music for Sleeping Beauty. Cannes, 2011

Sleeping Beauty, a film written and directed by Julia Leigh, was part of the Official Selection at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, in competition for the Palme d’Or in May 2011.

Sleeping Beauty, a film written and directed by Julia Leigh, was part of the Official Selection at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, in competition for the Palme d’Or in May 2011.