I met Julia in person rarely, the meetings were precious to me, I was always excited when I knew was going to see her; her spirit was so warm and big and her mind so precise and original. But I followed her work from afar with enormous admiration.
(I am reviewing The Poetry Cure and Apology for Absence for The Independent; I had hoped this would come out before Julia died, in case it might give her a moment’s pleasure. But other people might be interested to read a few words there about her work.)
I’d like to send not only my own love but also a heartfelt tribute and love from the Poetry Society. We all treasured her work and will be of course be publishing a tribute to her.
Chair, The Poetry Society