Julie Burchill, one of the UK’s best known newspaper columnist, has announced she is to retire from journalism.

She revealed that the success the TV adaptation of her novel, Sugar Rush, has led to increased offers of TV work and that she feels thirty years is, “way enough, for me and for my public.”

Burchill started her career at NME aged 17, and went on to write for The Guardian and The Times.

“I meant to take a year off writing last year to start my theology degree, but then Sugar Rush won an Emmy and I felt I should finish the follow-up, Sweet,” Burchill told The Guardian.

“Then I got offered these two TV jobs for this year, and I’m somewhat sheepish to admit that I’ve got TV projects lined up throughout 2008 as well.

“So I don’t know when I’ll get to have my year off writing and start my theology degree but hopefully by the time I’m 50, in July 2009, I will have done all my projects and not have taken any more on. Then I can do my voluntary work and theology properly.”

Sugar Rush won the Stonewall Award for Broadcast of the Year in 2006.

It follows the lives and loves of teenage lesbians in Brighton. The second series is currently airing on Channel 4.

Burchill has had a similarly adventurous love life.

Her present husband is the younger brother of journalist Charlotte Raven, a former lover. She was also married to journalists Tony Parsons and Cosmo Landesman.