JULIA BENKERT studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. She gained her first professional experience as an editor and film author for the programme Kulturzeit, on the Mainz-based 3 Sat channel, and on work experience at Hessischer Rundfunk TV in Frankfurt. She then became self-employed as a freelance filmmaker and moved to Munich, in the south of Germany. She has made numerous documentaries for arte and ARD TV, exploring art, literature and the history of ideas. From 2009 to 2015, she hosted the literary programme Lesezeichen on BR. Her first novel was published in 2017, by Knaur. In 2021 Julia Benkert brought her various contacts and connections together to set up an artists’ colony on Samos.