Julia Baird
British writer
Julia Baird
Julia Baird (born 5 March 1947) is the eldest daughter of John 'Bobby' Albert Dykins (1918 - December 1965) and Julia Lennon (12 March 1914 – 15 July 1958). Baird's older half-brother was late English musician John Lennon; she also had an older half-sister, Ingrid Pederson. Her younger sister was Jacqueline 'Jacqui' Dykins (born 26 October 1949). Lennon started visiting the Dykins' house in 1951.
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Books of The Times: Review: ‘Victoria the Queen’ Delves Into Her Epic Reign
NYTimes - 2 months
In her frisky, adventurous new biography, Julia Baird said she was determined “to hack through myths, not hew to them.”
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Julia Baird Paints A Stronger, More Likable 'Victoria The Queen'
NPR - 3 months
NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Julia Baird about her new book "Victoria the Queen." Baird says that contrary to how she is usually remembered, Queen Victoria was a lively and dedicated ruler.
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Lennon's sister unveils Beatles statue in Liverpool
Yahoo News - about 1 year
The bronze sculpture was donated by the Cavern Club, where the Beatles were discovered, and marks 50 years since their last public performance in their home city on December 5, 1965. "I was present at that event and am proud to be at the unveiling," said Julia Baird, the late Beatle's sister. The statue was based on photographs of the "Fab Four" -- Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon -- taken in 1963 in a nearby spot.
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Imagine: 12 Great Books About John Lennon
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Thirty-five years ago, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside his Dakota apartment by Mark David Chapman. Lennon, a brilliant artist and complex man, was witty, ornery, and haunted, exploring his life through his art. Lennon remains an influential part of our culture. His song "Imagine" has become a timeless plea for peace. Because his early life and half of his artistic career was so interwoven with the Beatles, I've included several biographies of the Beatles as well, which show the evolution of the group and the interactions of the members, especially the genius writing team of Lennon and Paul McCartney. 1. John Lennon: The Life Philip Norman Norman, whose 1981 classic Shout! is considered the definitive biography of The Beatles, returns with John Lennon: The Life. It's an intimate look at the troubled genius who, with other Beatles members, changed the shape and sound of popular music. The book takes us from his early Liverpool days and childhoo ...
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John Lennon eddig sosem publikált levelei kerültek elő - Kultúrpart
Google News - over 5 years
Lennonról féltestvére, Julia Baird is írt egy könyvet Felnőni a bátyámmal, John Lennonnal címmel. A rendezvény keretében Lennon eredeti zenekara játszott a régi középiskolájában, a Quarry Bankben, amit jelenleg Calderstones-nak hívnak
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Beatles convention today highlights International Beatles Week - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
28) at the Adelphi Hotel will feature an array of Beatles celebrities, including John Lennon's half sister Julia Baird; Beatles tour manager Tony Bramwell; Tony Sheridan who sang "My Bonnie'" with the Fabs in Hamburg; John Lennon Plastic Ono Band
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Del Joana´s a The Cavern - La Opinión A Coruña
Google News - over 5 years
La banda cuenta además con el privilegio de haber sido invitados al evento por la mismísima hermana de John Lennon, Julia Baird, que los vio en directo en Madrid durante un recital relacionado con la ONG Acordes por la paz, que el pasado año editó un
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SWIMMING: Riptide finish 3rd at conference meet - Baraboo News Republic
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The 15-18 girls team placed 3rd overall, starting with a third place win by the Medley Relay team of Emily O'Rourke, Audra Riem, Natalie Krug and Gemma Pillsbury, and a 9th place finish for the team of Amaya Larson, Julia Baird, Sharri Waldron and
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movie chic,movie style﹕連儂的不快樂童年 - 香港新浪網
Google News - over 5 years
連儂妹妹Julia Baird所撰寫的回憶錄《Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon》2007年出版,不論是要發一筆大財,還是真心追悼曾經有一個傳奇的哥哥,書中披露的家庭生活關係,令讀者一致同情約翰連儂的童年生活。因為傳奇人物成名前,原來不斷經歷失敗與
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July 2011 in brief - The Monthly (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Plus, in "Sparkle and Shine", Julia Baird rallies against the child beauty pageants that have jumped the Pacific to debut on our shores; and, in "The Quest for Muslim Jedis", Craig Sherborne lunches with television prankster and humorist John Safran to
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We're all kids, for crying out loud - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Julia Gillard might not have delivered 4000 babies, but she's got 26.4 million of us on her hands now. That's plenty. Julia Baird is a journalist and author.Adele Horin is on leave. You're the only person reading this now. Tell your friends
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Julia Baird
  • 2007
    Age 59
    From 28 to 30 September 2007, Durness held the John Lennon Northern Lights Festival which was attended by Baird (who read from Lennon's writings and her own books) and Stanley Parkes (Lennon's Scottish cousin).
    More Details Hide Details Parkes said, "Me and Julia Baird are going to be going to the old family croft to tell stories". Musicians, painters and poets from across the UK performed at the festival. Baird now lives in Chester with her partner, Roger Keys. Baird claims she was never told that her mother was buried in the Allerton Cemetery, in Liverpool, although the graveyard's location is approximately 1.19 miles east of 1 Blomfield Road. The grave was unmarked, but was recently identified as "CE (Church of England) 38-805". The Stanley family finally put a headstone on her mother's grave. The headstone reads: MummyJohnVictoriaJulieJackie.
  • 2004
    Age 56
    Baird retired in 2004, and published a book called Imagine This – Growing up with my brother John Lennon, in February 2007.
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  • 1993
    Age 45
    After Lennon and Harriet died, Yoko Ono wanted to sell the house—as it was still in Lennon's name—but later gave it to the Salvation Army on 2 November 1993, even though Lennon had once written: "I always thought of the house he's in Birch as my contribution towards looking after Julia Baird and Jackie.
    More Details Hide Details I would prefer the girls to use it."
  • 1989
    Age 41
    After releasing the book, John Lennon, My Brother—written with Giuliano, and a foreword by McCartney—Baird travelled to New York during 1989 to appear at a Beatlefest convention, and was asked if she could prove she was really Lennon's half-sister. Baird declined, saying she was not going to produce her passport, and the audience would just have to take her word for it. In 2000, Baird was present at the unveiling of six road signs, erected on major routes into Liverpool, saying, "Liverpool welcomes you – to the birthplace of THE BEATLES", and in October she planted a tree in Liverpool's Peace Gardens to commemorate Lennon's birthday.
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  • 1976
    Age 28
    Lennon continued to call Baird until 1976, when the calls stopped.
    More Details Hide Details Jackie worked as a shop assistant during the 1970s, but battled against a heroin addiction. In the 1980s, and fully recovered, Jackie gave birth to her son, John, later working as a hairstylist.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    The Dykinses heard nothing from Lennon for years, until he phoned Baird in 1975, and asked for mementos of his childhood life, such as his school tie and photographs.
    More Details Hide Details He sent £3,000 to cover the cost of shipping and as a gift, but wrote, "Don't tell Mimi".
  • 1968
    Age 20
    Julia married Allen Baird in 1968, they moved to Belfast and kept her family history a secret. The Bairds had three children: Nicholas (b. 1971), Sara (b. 1972) and David (b. 1980), and were divorced in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Baird went to university and gained an MA in philosophy of education, and during her the course of her degree she spent a year off in France, hitch-hiked around Europe, and protested against the war in Vietnam in Paris alongside Simone de Beauvoir. Baird later taught French and English before working as a special needs teacher with teenagers in deprived areas of Chester, until she retired to write books and become a director of Cavern City Tours. Baird and Jackie met their half-sister Ingrid Pedersen for the first time when they were present at the ceremony to place a Blue Heritage plaque on Mimi's house, commemorating the fact that Lennon had lived there. Baird and Jackie had only recently found out who Pedersen was, after being told by journalist Bill Smithies of the Liverpool Echo. Baird was shocked that Pedersen did not look anything like the Stanley or the Lennon family, having pale blue eyes and fair hair.
    In 1968, Lennon was told The Dairy Cottage was too cramped for them all, so he told Birch to buy a house, and he found a 4-bedroom house in Gateacre Park Drive, Liverpool.
    More Details Hide Details Lennon told Birch to furnish and decorate it, and to send all the bills to him.
    Julia Dykins (Baird) married Allen Baird in 1968 and moved to Belfast. They had three children together but were divorced in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Baird worked as a special needs teacher, and after Lennon's death she wrote John Lennon, My Brother (with Geoffrey Giuliano) and gave up working in 2004 to write Imagine This – Growing up with my brother John Lennon. She is now a director of Cavern City Tours in Liverpool. Baird's mother, Julia Lennon, was the fourth of five children in the Stanley family: Mary, known as 'Mimi' (1906–1991), Elizabeth 'Mater' (1908–1976), Anne 'Nanny' (1911–1988), Julia 'Judy' (1914–1958), and Harriet 'Harrie' (1916–1972). John Lennon was Julia's first child by Alfred Lennon, although she later had a daughter called Victoria (renamed Ingrid) after an affair with a Welsh soldier while Alfred was at sea. Julia was forced to give up the child for adoption after intense pressure from her father and her sisters. Although they had known each other previously, Julia started dating Dykins while working in a café near Mosspits, which was Lennon's primary school. Dykins was said to be a good-looking, well-dressed man who was several years older than Julia and worked at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool as a wine steward. Julia later moved into a small flat in Gateacre with Dykins, who had access to rationed goods like alcohol, chocolate, silks and cigarettes. The Stanley sisters called Dykins a "spiv", because of his pencil-thin moustache, margarine-coated hair, and pork-pie hat, but the young Lennon called him "Twitchy" because of a physical tic and nervous cough Dykins had.
  • 1965
    Age 17
    In December 1965, Dykins was killed in a car crash at the bottom of Penny Lane.
    More Details Hide Details Lennon was not told about his death for months afterwards. Dykins had married again, but Baird acknowledges that she and Jackie had very little contact with his wife, and did not attend their father's funeral.
  • 1964
    Age 16
    Baird and Jackie were asked to visit Lennon at Kenwood which was his home in Weybridge in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details Cynthia Lennon—Lennon's wife at the time—took them both out shopping in Knightsbridge, buying them expensive clothes. During the same visit, The Beatles played at the Finsbury Park Astoria, and the sisters asked to be allowed to stand near the front, but had to be pulled out of the audience by security guards because of the crush.
  • 1958
    Age 10
    Baird's mother was struck and killed on 15 July 1958, just outside Mimi's home, by a Standard Vanguard car driven by an off-duty constable, PC Eric Clague, who was a learner-driver.
    More Details Hide Details Clague later said: "Mrs Lennon just ran straight out in front of me. I just couldn't avoid her. I was not speeding, I swear it. It was just one of those terrible things that happen." Baird and Jackie (aged eleven and eight respectively) were sent straightway to stay in Edinburgh at their Aunt Mater's, and were not allowed to attend the funeral. They were told two months later by Norman Birch (Lennon's uncle) that their mother had died. Lennon's Aunt Harriet and Uncle Norman Birch were made legal guardians of the girls—ignoring Dykins' parentage, as he had never legally married Julia. Julia was buried in the Allerton Cemetery, in Liverpool. Her grave is unmarked, and over the years its location was forgotten until it was recently identified by Jackie as "CE (Church of England) 38-805". Baird and Jackie were taken to live with the Birches and their son at The Dairy Cottage, which was owned by Mimi's husband, George Smith. At the age of 14 Baird was allowed to go into Liverpool city centre by herself, where she drank cappuccino coffee in the Kardomah Coffee House, although Baird and her friends called it "frothy coffee". At 16, Baird started to hitch-hike to London, although her Aunt never knew, as she would never have allowed it. Baird talked about the trips to London, and how relatively safe they were: "Hitching was easy then.
  • 1957
    Age 9
    Julia took Baird and Jackie to Rosebury Street, Liverpool, to watch Lennon play with The Quarrymen on the back of a flatbed coal truck on 22 June 1957.
    More Details Hide Details Baird was allowed to sit on the back, but as the music was too loud she asked to be taken off. The Quarrymen played twice that day as part of a celebration to mark the 750th anniversary of the granting of Liverpool's charter by King John. Lennon and McCartney would later rehearse in the bathroom of Blomfield Road because they said the acoustics "sounded like a recording studio".
  • 1956
    Age 8
    Baird remembered that after Lennon had visited them, her mother would often play a record called, My Son John, To Me You Are So Wonderful, "by some old crooner, and sit and listen to it". "My Son John"—sung by David Whitfield—was released in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details Although Mimi sent Lennon to his Aunt's croft in Sango Bay, Durness, Scotland, for his holidays, he later persuaded Mimi to let him take short holidays in North Wales with the Dykins family.
  • 1949
    Age 1
    When Jackie was born prematurely on 26 October 1949, Julia went back to the hospital every day to see her, although she was often not allowed (by Mimi) to visit Lennon.
    More Details Hide Details Dykins later managed several bars in Liverpool, which allowed Julia to stay at home at Blomfield Road, to look after Baird, Jackie, a cat named "Elvis", and the 11-year-old Lennon, who had started to visit and occasionally stayed overnight. Baird would give up her bed to Lennon, and share Jackie's double bed. Dykins used to give Lennon weekly pocket money (one shilling) for doing odd jobs, such as collecting golf balls on the local course, on top of the five shillings that Lennon's Aunt Mimi gave him. During Lennon's visits, he would climb trees with Baird and Jackie, test Baird's spelling, and once gave Baird half-a-crown to leave him alone when he wanted to kiss his first girlfriend.
  • 1947
    Born on March 5, 1947.
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