Today – entirely by accident – I found a new hero. I was driving home from a meeting and tuned in about half way through the Radio 4 broadcast of The Dark Blue Settee read by Felicity Finch. We Geordies don’t often get the opportunity to hear representations of our own culture in such auspicious forums as R4, so I was well taken aback when I heard Tamworth Road in Arthur’s Hill get a mention. I made a mental note to look out the author of the play, which I enjoyed immensely.
On finding Julia’s website, I discovered her Manifesto For Tyneside Upon England. Superb! Here was someone who could articulate with great beauty clarity what it really means to be one of us! But even as I was relishing the experience of discovering a true Geordie creative gem, I read on through the web pages about Julia’s recent death. I was deeply saddened by this information.
I intend to collect as much of her beautiful writing as possible. May her star shine on more brightly than ever.
Note: You can listen to the broadcast until Tuesday April 18th, via the Listen Again feature of the BBC website.