The rich historical and literary heritage of a period house in south west Scotland has inspired the current owner to launch an initiative to encourage a new generation of writing talent.
Retired engineer Malcolm Deeks began researching the history of Kirroughtree House after buying the hotel four years ago and he became fascinated by the connections to famous writers and political rebels that he discovered.
Mr Deeks said: “Having found that Patrick Heron MP, a previous owner of Kirroughtree, was a patron of Robert Burns and also a friend of James Boswell, I am keen to promote the link between Kirroughtree House and the written word. I have also been inspired by the writers who now regularly stay with us during the annual Wigtown Book Festival.”
The Kirroughtree House Award for Literature invites entries from aspiring writers, age over 18, from all over the world. Short stories or articles between 1000 and 5000 words on any aspect of Galloway will be in with a chance of winning the top prize of £1000 with five runner up prizes of £200 also on offer. Entries will be received until 28th November 2016. Further details and terms can conditions can be found at www.kirroughtreehouse.com