Jurga Vilė was born in 1977 in Vilnius, Lithuania. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French philology at the University of Vilnius and studied film science and audiovisual media at the University of Sorbonne III in Paris. Since more than twenty years she’s been working on different cultural projects, also translating from French, Spanish and English.
In 2017 Jurga Vilė wrote her first graphic novel Sibiro Haiku (tr: Siberian Haiku, published by Aukso žuvys, illustrated by Lina Itagaki), which won several awards and was translated into more than ten languages.
In 2019 her second book Švelnumo fabrikėlis (tr: In the Velvet Forest, published by: You&Oil, illustrated by Lina Zigmantė) was published. In 2021 two illustration albums from a new series “A drop in the sea” saw the day: Chameleono sapnai (tr: Dreams of a Chameleon, published by Tikra knyga, illustrated by Lina Sasnauskaitė) and Pulpas ir jo žalia koja (tr: Pulpo and its green leg, published by Tikra knyga, illustrated by Akvilė Magicdust). In 2022 her newest book, a cinematographic piece, was published: Nukritę iš Mėnulio. Sapnas apie Oskarą Milašių ir kitus paukščius (tr: Fallen from the Moon. A Dream about Oscar Milosz and Other Birds, published by Aukso žuvys, illustrated by Ula Rugevičiutė Rugytė) as well as an audio book of short stories for adults Juoda ranka (tr: Black Hand, published by audioteka.lt). At the moment Jurga Vilė is working on several writing projects.
Image credits: Laura Vanseviciene