I did not know Julia at all well, but our paths crossed on and off over many years. I mourn her death and feel angry at her suffering. I remember her speaking with great wit, compassion and love at Andrea Badenoch’s memorial event last year. I have a copy of the Rendezvous Café: Whitley Bay poem on a postcard above my desk at work. The humour and poignancy of the lines spoke vividly to Wendy and myself as we have enjoyed the world’s worst coffee at the Rendezvous, but loved the spirit of the place. I shall remember Julia for her courage, humour and ways with words. Her writing blended politics, wit and generosity with acutely perceptive observation. It always acknowledged the complexity of things. She will be much missed.
Director of Theatre, Dartington College of Arts