One of the winners of the Robert Louis Stevenson Award for 2002 has described his prize - two months' residency in France - as 'an amazing experience'. Ian Brotherhood from Ayrshire and Jules Horne from the Borders jointly won the award, which was initiated eight years ago and which offers writers the chance to work at the Hôtel Chevillon, an international arts centre in Grez-sur-Loing. Robert Louis Stevenson visited Grez-sur-Loing in the 1870s, and it was in the hotel that he first met his future wife.
For Ian Brotherhood, the opportunity to meet other writers and painters from various parts of Europe while developing his own writing was a 'once-in-a-lifetime chance', and inspired him to complete 105,000 words of his novel!
For more on Ian and Jules and on the award in general, see our press release.
30 January 2003