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The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship

The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship supports a creative writer or writers for a period of travel and exists to remember the late writer Julia Darling. The fellowship is worth £2,000 and is supported by a wide range of Julia’s friends and family, including many leading writers.

At a glance


The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship is inspired by Julia’s love of travel and by the appreciation that she had of writing away from home, whether that was at creative retreats in the wilderness or in rented houses at the seaside.


The fellowship can be used to fund travel in the UK or internationally, and is open to individuals or groups of writers. Applicants must live in the North of England and may be novelists, poets or playwrights and should have at least one professionally produced or published work to their name.

Previous awardees

In 2015, Chloe Daykin, from Northumberland, used the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship to travel to Norway to research her second novel. In 2016, Michelle Green was awarded £2000 to travel to Hayling Island, the location of a new set of short stories.

Last year’s fellowship allowed Emma McGordon to travel to San Francisco and gather inspiration for her latest collection of poems.

A way to remember

The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship was founded in 2015 by Julia Darling’s friends and family to remember the writer whose wide-ranging work included the novels Crocodile Soup (1998) and The Taxi Driver’s Daughter (2003); poetry collections Sudden Collapses in Public Places (2003) and Apology for Absence (2004); and plays for stage and radio, Eating the Elephant (1996), Personal Belongings (2002) and Appointments (2005). The fellowship is crowd-funded.

Julia Darling’s work encompassed a wide range of topics and forms from plays and novels to poetry and performance. She was an exceptional artist with a unique and humorous voice that engaged readers even when her work explored her declining health and ultimate death from cancer.

Julia was also a kind and generous writer who went out of her way to support and encourage many other writers to develop their work and their creativity.

“Julia was an huge inspiration to me and she was a beacon of good sense, humour, ambition and right mindedness – as well as being a fabulous person whom I adored – so I would very much like to help remember her and The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship seems a really great and creative way to do that.”

Lee Hall

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Winner of the 2017 fellowship

The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship 2017 has been awarded to Emma McGordon, a writer from West Cumbria, for her to embark on a period of travel that will inspire and inform her work.

About Julia Darling

Julia Darling lived in Newcastle upon Tyne and wrote poetry, novels, short stories and plays for theatre and radio. She also widely collaborated with other artists across art forms.


The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship is managed by New Writing North, but is purely crowd-funded. All donations contribute directly to the annual award fund. If you would like to donate, you can make a one-off donation at the JustGiving page or set up a regular direct debit using the button below.

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