I’m so sorry to hear of Julia’s death. I first met her in spring 2001 when I took a group of sixth-formers on an Arvon Foundation writing course where Julia and Jackie Kay were the guest writers. I will never forget the warmth, generosity and humour she brought to that week. She gave so generously of her time and really helped to transform the students’ writing. My favourite memory is of us all sitting around the table pretending to be fruit and having conversations with other fruits. She was particularly struck with the idea of a menopausal grape!
About a year ago I discovered her weblog, finding it really inspiring and helpful at a time when my mum was in the last stages of cancer. I was always excited to find that she’d written a new entry, knowing that it would be fizzing with life and humour.
I will miss her, but feel so lucky to have known her, even if only briefly.
I send this with much love and good wishes towards Julia’s family and friends.