John Burnside and Romesh Gunesekera selected for 2008 Jura Malt Whisky Writer Retreat

  • 15 April 2008

Jura Malt Whisky and Scottish Book Trust have teamed up for a second year to offer three lucky authors the chance to find inspiration on one of Scotland's most beautiful islands, and enjoy a month-long stay in the luxurious surroundings of Jura Lodge.

Today, John Burnside and Romesh Gunesekera have been named as the first two authors who will stay on the Isle of Jura as part of the 2008 Jura Malt Whisky Writer Retreats. Gunesekera will be staying at Jura Lodge from 12 July to 12 August, while Scottish author Burnside will be there from 16 August to 16 September.

In a new category for 2008, an emerging unpublished writer, selected by a panel of literary judges, will be given the chance to complete the Jura Malt Whisky Writer Retreat in the autumn. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Launched in 2006, the Jura Malt Whisky Writer Retreat Programme is now recognised as one of the best creative opportunities available to writers and continues the tradition started by George Orwell who stayed on the island to write 1984 over 60 years ago. In 2007, authors Will Self, Janice Galloway and Philip Gourevitch took a month out writing and living in the Distillery Lodge.

During their time on the island, the authors will writie specially commissioned stories, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and printed in a special book in November 2008.

As a further element to the Jura programme, Will Self and the Scots writer and artist Alasdair Gray will be collaborating on a limited edition Jura print, to be produced at Glasgow Print Studios.

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