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Julia Darling lost her fight with cancer in April 2005. She was a novelist, poet and playwright. Her published work includes: a collection of short stories, Bloodlines (Panurge); two novels, Crocodile Soup and The Taxi Driver's Daughter (Penguin); and two collections of poetry, Sudden Collapses in Public Places and Apology for Absence (Arc). With Cynthia Fuller, Julia edited The Poetry Cure (Bloodaxe), a collection of poetry about health. Her work for theatre and radio
was collected in Eating the Elephant and Other Plays (New Writing North). She was awarded a £60,000 Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award in 2003, and was a fellow at the School of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.