The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship was founded in 2015 to mark the tenth anniversary of Julia Darling’s death.
Julia’s friends, family and writing peers crowd-funded the award 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).
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.
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 Julia Darling Travel Fellowship is managed by New Writing North, but is purely crowd-funded. All donations contribute directly to the annual award fund. We have currently paused donations while the fellowship is on hold.