Chloe – who has recently secured a publishing deal for her first children’s book, Fish Boy – plans to use her fellowship to travel to Norway, researching for a second children’s novel. In her proposed book, the main character must make a journey across the wild, foreign landscape of Norwegian mountains, rivers and fjords to discover something about his identity. Using the fellowship grant, Chloe intends to make the journey on which she will send her protagonist.
On winning the award Chloe said:
“I am so excited and thrilled and my head is spinning with exciting possibilities. I’m itching to write this book and to experience people and landscapes with which to populate my work so as to transport my readers to an unfamiliar setting.
I feel exceptionally proud and a bit overwhelmed to be doing it in the name of Julia – it’s such an honour and makes all the hairs on my arms prickle up just thinking about it. I’ll be taking her work with me as part of the journey and carrying her spirit in my heart. I can’t wait to meet the people, I can’t wait to see the places and I can’t wait to dive into the unknown. It’s such an amazing opportunity. Thank you so much.”
The award of £2000 was presented by Bev Robinson, Julia’s partner and Anna Disley from New Writing North. Bev said:
“Julia loved travel, she loved writing, she loved encouraging others and making projects happen. ‘Traveling’ she would say ‘filled up her image banks’. With the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship it’s great to be able to offer another writer the opportunity to do those things in a spirit that Julia herself would have truly enjoyed.”
In this first year the fellowship is supported by New Writing North. In future years it is hoped that the prize will be crowd funded by those who knew Julia and appreciated her contribution to the arts. A crowd funding appeal has been launched on JustGiving. To contribute, please text JULI01 and the amount you would like to donate e.g. JULI01 £10 to 70070.