Jonathan’s way with words

Jonathan Durie. Pic by Rob McDougall
Jonathan Durie. Pic by Rob McDougall

A writer from Kirkcaldy has come one step closer to achieving his dream of having his work published, after being named as the recipient of The Callan Gordon Award for New Writers 2014.

Jonathan Durie was born and raised in Kirkcaldy.

He studied International Relations at the University of St Andrews and was regularly published by the university’s creative writing journal.

After graduating he was awarded the Robert Tyre Jones memorial scholarship to Emory University.

While in the United States, Jonathan studied fiction and was highly commended in the Nixon & McCabe screenwriting prize.

Since returning to Scotland, Jonathan has been selected for a playwriting workshop by Stage to Page and awarded an acting commendation at the LOST Theatre Festival.

He currently works as a freelance script consultant with Berserk Films.

The Callan Gordon Award for New Writers was set up in memory of Callan Gordon, a young Scottish writer.

Callan’s family and friends generously support the award, which provides an additional place on the New Writers programme.

The award is open to short story writers and poets between 18 and 35 years old.

Commenting on the award, Jonathan said: “I’m thankful for this unexpected but wonderful affirmation. I can’t wait to get stuck in!”

The judging panel members, including Scottish authors Doug Johnstone, Jenni Fagan, Jen Hadfield, Keith Gray and Scots Makar Liz Lochhead, reviewed over 300 entries before selecting the final 11.