I first met Julia when she taught me on a writing course – she was inspirational, witty and uncommonly kind. She encouraged me to write. I knew her only a little and met her rarely, but she always remembered me and welcomed me with the open warmth of an old, close friend. She willingly read my book (started in her workshop), and gladly wrote the ‘blurb’ with such generosity and kindness, I’m indebted to her.
She made everyone feel valued, and so many have been touched by her support. Her encouragement to others was so personal, so giving. Her life, so giving.