I first met Julia in 1999 when she acted as dramaturg for my first radio play. She was patient, practical and above all kind about my poor first efforts as a playwright. As we met over the following weeks we talked more and more about the books, and movies (and drinks!) we enjoyed and I came away from these times with a richer understanding of what it meant to be a writer. Though we little more than acquaintances she never forgot me and always made an effort to ask me about my work and life whenever we met. It was never less than an absolute pleasure to talk to Julia, and the world is a much worse place for losing that heart lifting smile.