I got to know Julia last Summer when we started to work together on a 15 minute piece for the BBC1 regional current affairs programme Inside Out. This item focused on Julia’s belief that words can heal as surely as drugs and demonstrated how her poetry was helping her come to terms with her condition. She kept a video diary for the film in which she described her relationship with cancer and the impact it had on those close to her. I had only expected Julia to make a few recordings – but, in fact, Julia was so incredibly generous with her time and she made dozens of entries (along with her family) spanning several hours. Of course we could only broadcast a very small percentage of that material so I feel very privileged to have viewed all those diary entries. The power of Julia’s words, her incredible wisdom, energy of thought and courage shone through in everything she said – both on and off camera. She was one of the most remarkable and open people I have ever met.
Producer Inside Out, BBC North East and Cumbria