Julia came to Ilkley Literature Festival in October 2003. On a wet, dark night I was supposed to be welcoming her, but Julia instantly made me feel we were already old friends. Her enthusiasm and warmth touched everyone in the audience the evening. She was a beacon for writing in the North and I count myself lucky to have spent even a short time in her company. Her generosity to the world of writing was unique.
Director, Ilkley Literature Festival