Someone on my blogroll has died. Is there a protocol for this? Even if there was, Julia Darling was a one-off, I think. If I hadn't known her story, that the fullest flowering of her wonderful talent as a writer came in the years after she was diagnosed with cancer, I'd still have savoured her warm, wild, wacky, moving poetry and plays and novels and songs. As it happens I came to know more of her work through reading her blog and hearing her on the radio, talking with astonishing directness and humour about living with illness for which there was no more treatment. I only knew her through her words, but they were so alive. It's very hard to believe she's gone.Her own words, her poems on her website and in her blog today say it best.
Later: here is a piece about Julia, with links to an article she wrote, her recent online poetry workshop, and reviews of one of her novels, from today's online Guardian. And here you can listen to a tribute from BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, and to a recent interview with Julia.
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Jean, am saddened to read this. I came to her blog through you just recently and have ordered one of her books of poetry. I especially loved the instructions she gave to people about how to care for the terminally ill. It is her directness and honesty that is so appealing to me. Thank you for leading me to her. I am with you today in sadness about her death.