Ellen and her co-founder Julia Darling at Diamond Twig Press passionately believed in encouraging new women writers. With her work and her expansive personality, Julia inspired and encouraged writers wherever she went. April 2015 was the 10th anniversary of Julia’s death, and Live Theatre, New Writing North and Newcastle University all put on events in her memory and to celebrate her work and life.
On Friday 5th June 2015, Ellen Phethean and Diamond Twig hosted a reading by women and men, poets, new writers, experienced published writers – each contributed a poem to Julia’s memory, and wrote a few words about how she inspired them
These poems were also published online in the Inspired by Julia section of this site.