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UEA writer longlisted for Man Asian Literary Prize

Anjali Joseph Anjali Joseph Another Country; Another Country; Saraswati Park; The Daily Telegraph's; Time Out; Granta; Guardian; Red; Red; Tiny Sunbirds Far Away; Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

Thu, 06 Dec 2012

A novel by University of East Anglia creative writing tutor Anjali Joseph has been longlisted for this year's Man Asian Literary Prize.

Anjali Joseph

Another Country
is the second novel by Joseph, who graduated from the Prose Fiction strand of UEA's Creative Writing MA in 2008, and is currently completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the university, where she teaches on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme.

Written for her PhD, Another Country was published earlier this year by 4th Estate. Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978 and read English at Trinity College, Cambridge before joining UEA. Her debut novel Saraswati Park was published in 2010 and won both a Betty Trask Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2011. It was the co-winner of the 2011 Vodafone Crossword Book Award and was shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (South Asia and Europe Best First Book) and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

Joseph was also included in The Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's best 20 novelists under the age of 40. The shortlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize, which is worth $30,000 will be announced on January 9, with the winner revealed on March 14.

The announcement follows recent acclaim for fellow UEA graduates Anna Selby and Christie Watson. Selby was named as one of the top 100 most innovative and influential people in the British creative industries, having been listed in the Publishing and Writing category of the h.Club100, jointly sponsored by Time Out magazine and the Hospital Club, alongside novelist Zadie Smith, Granta editor Ellah Alfrey and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger. Selby graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2005, and last year organised the UK's biggest poetry festival, Poetry Parnassus, while working as the literature and spoken word co-ordinator at the Southbank Centre in London. Next year Salt will publish her debut pamphlet of poetry and she recently joined Writers' Centre Norwich as a programme manager.

Watson has been announced as winner of the Creative category of Red magazine's Red's Hot Women Awards, which celebrate the achievements of women from a range of careers. The winners will be featured in the January 2013 issue of Red. Christie graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2008 and published her first novel Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away with Quercus in 2011. Before joining UEA, where she was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary, she worked as a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, a teacher of nursing and as a senior sister. She lives in London and is currently writing her second novel while continuing to work part-time as a resuscitation nurse. Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away was the winner of the 2012 Costa First Novel Award and recently also won the Waverton Good Read Award.