Several years ago, I began a new job. Part of my job was to ‘look after’ our new Writing Fellow: Julia Darling. Julia was an easy charge; she threw herself into everything with such excitement that if Julia had an idea, it was impossible to see it as anything other than a fantastic opportunity. I’ve left the job a long way behind but Julia’s warmth, humour, creativity and generosity are still with me. Julia, for that, and for your support and encouragement: thank you, wherever you are.