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Julie with Paddy Gormley during the Unknown Voices project

Julie Hill sadly lost her battle with cancer on 5 July 2008. She is sorely missed

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Tribute by Paddy Gormley

Julie was the director of the Women’s Radio Group charity, which offers training, broadcasting and networking opportunities to women, and especially to socially repressed or otherwise marginalised women. She was passionate about radio and about equality of opportunity for women.

Julie worked internationally as a media consultant and trainer, for example giving practical assistance to women as far afield as China in setting up their own radio stations.

Another example of success is Women’s Radio Group in London, which typically works with more than 100 women a year, providing training for women from minority ethnic groups in disadvantaged communities in the development and production of radio programmes. The Group was work was singled out for praise in the parliamentary Community Radio and Television debate in 2007: “The group has reported improved levels of engagement in learning for women of all ages, and it has improved skills in communication and media production and raised confidence levels.” Ian Stewart (Eccles) (Lab), the Commons, 24th April 2007.

She was co-founder (with Paddy Gormley) of Unknown Voices, a project recording the stories of women who have experienced homelessness, and Writing for Radio, a series of online tutorials on writing for radio. Both websites feature Julie’s voice in click-to-play audio recordings.

The world will be a poorer place without Julie. Her cancer was diagnosed at the start of 2008. Her work with Women’s Radio Group was the focal point of a life devoted to helping others. The Unknown Voices website stands as a lasting tribute to that work. The project will be forever dedicated to the memory of>Julie, a wonderful colleague and friend.

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