The wonderfully warm and encouraging writers’ meetings that Julia ran for her ‘tired academics’ at Newcastle University helped to rekindle my interest in writing. Julia also assisted me very directly by putting me in touch with an agent. I owe her a lot. It is so sad that someone who appreciated the richness of the world should be parted from it so prematurely. Although she was ill for so long, she was somehow one of the healthiest people I’ve ever met. All my love Julia, wherever you may be.