Unthology 10, edited by Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones
Unthology 10 is the latest anthology of new short fiction to be co-edited UEA alumnus Ashley Stokes, along with Robin Jones, and published by Unthank Press. Ashley graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1997 and published his first novel Touching The Starfish in 2010. His debut collection of stories The Syllabus of Errors was published in 2013 and shortlisted for the Saboteur Best Short Story Collection award and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Unthology 10 contains a new story by Kathryn Simmonds, who graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2002.
Wretched Strangers edited by Ágnes Lehóczky and JT Welsch
Wretched Strangers is a new anthology of poetry, co-edited by UEA alumna Ágnes Lehóczky, along with JT Welsch, and recently published by Boiler House Press. All the contributors are British poets who were born outside the UK, including the UEA graduates Ben Borek (MA 2004), Sandeep Parmar (MA 2003), Agnieszka Studzinska (MA 2003), Rebecca Tamás (PhD 2017) and Jennifer Wong (MA 2009). Ágnes graduated from the Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2006 and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2010. Her first collection in English, Budapest to Babel, was published by Eggbox in 2008. Her second collection Rememberer was also published by Eggbox, in 2012, and her third Carillonneur by Shearsman Books in 2014. A pamphlet Pool Epitaphs & Other Love Letters was published by Boiler House Press last year, and a new collection Swimming Pool by Shearsman, also last year. Ágnes teaches Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield.
we live in the newness of small differences by Sohini Basak
we live in the newness of small differences is the debut collection of poetry by UEA alumna Sohini Basak and has just been published by Eyewear Publishing, having won the 2017 Beverley manuscript prize organized by the publisher. Sohini grew up in Barrackpore, India, and studied Literature and Creative Writing at the Universities of Delhi and Warwick before graduating from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2005, where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Continuation Grant. She currently lives in Delhi.
Shylock Must Die by Clive Sinclair
Shylock Must Die is a posthumous collection of short stories by UEA alumnus Clive Sinclair and has recently been published by Halban. Clive was born in 1948 and died in March 2018. He completed his BA at UEA in 1969 and his PhD in 1983 and later returned to the University as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow in 2004. His first collection of stories, Hearts of Gold, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His second, Bedbugs, was short-listed for the inaugural Dylan Thomas Award, and his third, The Lady With the Laptop, won both the PEN Silver Pen and the Jewish Quarterly Award for fiction. Death & Texas was published in 2014. He was also the author of five novels, including Meet The Wife (2002), and three works of non-fiction, including A Soap Opera From Hell: Essays on the Facts of Life and the Facts of Death (1998). In 1983 he was included in Granta’s first list of Best of Young British Novelists and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
To Provide All People by Owen Sheers
To Provide All People is a book-length poem by UEA alumnus Owen Sheers and has just been published by Faber & Faber to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service Act. Owen graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 1998 and published his first collection of poetry, The Blue Book, in 2000. His first work of non-fiction, The Dust Diaries, was the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year in 2005, while his second collection of poetry, Skirrid Hill, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award. His most recent novel, I Saw A Man, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year andthe Prix Etranger in France. Earlier this year he was awarded the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award.
A number of alumni of the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) and the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing have recently had success with their s
A number of alumni of the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) and the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing have recently had success with their short stories. C. D. Rose, who graduated from the MA in 2008, and Iain Robinson, who gained his PhD in 2009, are included in the forthcoming Best British Short Stories 2018, edited by Nick Royle and published by Salt. ‘10 Bela Road’ by Sonal Kohli (MA 2013) was published in the Spring 2018 issue of Blackbird, an online journal produced by Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review. ‘Olivia’ by Sophia Veltfort (MA 2014) was a finalist in the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award. ‘Herb Garden’ by Rosalind Brown (MA 2016; current PhD) was published in the Spring 2018 issue of Ambit. ‘The Confused Heart of Suneeta Who Possibly is a Lesbian in Delhi’ by Vandana Saras (MA 2016) was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Iowa Review Awards. Current MA student Arathi Menon was Highly Commended in the Faber Andlyn BAME Prize (FAB) and had a short story, ‘A Suitcase Of Small Stories’, published in the anthology Normal Deviation: A Weird Fiction Anthology, edited by Lyle Skains and DeAnn Bell and published by Wonderbox.
Kathryn Simmonds shortlisted for Royal Academy / Pin Drop Award
The Social Smoker by UEA alumna Kathryn Simmonds has been shortlisted for this year’s Royal Academy & Pin Drop Short Story Award. The winner will be announced on 11 July. Kathryn (pictured) graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2002. She received an Eric Gregory Award in the same year and published a pamphlet, ‘Snug’, in 2004. Her debut collection of poetry, Sunday at the Skin Launderette, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her second collection, The Visitations, was published in 2013, when she was also named as the inaugural Charles Causley Poet in Residence. Her debut novel Love and Fallout was published by Seren in 2014.
Richard Beard shortlisted for PEN Ackerley Prize
The Day That Went Missing, a memoir by UEA alumnus Richard Beard, has been shortlisted for this year’s PEN Ackerley Prize for literary autobiography. The book is also currently shortlisted for the James Tait Black (Biography) Prize and was previously shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize. Richard graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1995 and has published six novels including Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His most recent novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. Richard is also the author of three previous books of narrative non-fiction and was a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at UEA between 2014 and 2017. The winner of thePEN Ackerley Prize will be announced on 10 July, and the winner ofJames Tait Black Prize on 18 August.
Cat Woodward wins Ivan Juritz Prize
UEA student Cat Woodward has won the 2018 Ivan Juritz Prize, which invites postgraduate students throughout Europe to submit texts, films, musical compositions, virtual documentation of artwork, excerpts of moving image work and proposals for installation and performance. Cat (pictured) graduated from the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2011 and is currently completing a PhD in English Literature at UEA, exploring robot voices and the robot as lyric poetics. Her poetry has been published in Datableed, Adjacent Pineapple, And Other Poems, Tears in the Fence, Lighthouse, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Visual Verse, Brittle Star, and The Interpreter’s House. Her first full-length collection Sphinx was published by salò press last year. She wins the Ivan Juritz Prize for her lyric sequence ‘Away My Grievance’. The prize is worth £1000 and a two-week residency at Cove Park. Two current UEA Poetry MA students Anna Cathenka and Alice Willitts were shortlisted for the prize for their collaboration ‘p0_EM Stein1’. Arathi Menon, a current MA Prose Fiction student, was longlisted for ‘The Bombay Fornicator’.
Nominations for Paul Howarth’s Only Killers And Thieves
Only Killers And Thieves, the debut novel by UEA alumnus Paul Howarth,has been selected as this month’s editor’s pick in The Sunday Times and as the book of the month in The Times. It was recently published in the UK by One, an imprint of Pushkin Press. In February it was published as a lead title by HarperCollins in the US, where it has been nominated for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. It was also selected as an Amazon Book of the Month and an American Booksellers’ Association “Indies Introduce” best of the season pick. Earlier this year Paul was featured as a ‘new writer to watch’ by the Independent.
Imogen Hermes Gowar nominated for the Times Breakthrough Award
UEA alumna Imogen Hermes Gowar has been announced as the Literature nominee for the Times Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. The Breakthrough Award recognises achievements made by newcomers across ten categories of the arts. Imogen (pictured) is nominated for her debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, which was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Imogen graduated from UEA with a BA in Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History in 2012 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2014, when she was the winner of the Curtis Brown Award. An early draft of her novel, which she began while completing her MA, was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition in 2015 and was shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award. The winner of the Times Breakthrough Award will be announced on 1 July.
Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Swan Song is the debut novel by recent UEA graduate Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott and is published this week by Hutchinson. Kelleigh was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and earned a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University before studying screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2017. As a work-in-progress, Swan Song was awarded the 2015 Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award and was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize and the Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition. It was also longlisted for the 2015 Historical Novel Society Award for a New Novel.
Lucia by Alex Pheby
Lucia is the third novel by UEA alumnus Alex Pheby and is published by Galley Beggar Press this week. Alex graduated with a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing from UEA in 2010 and is currently the programme leader of Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich in London and co-founder and co-director of the annual Greenwich Book Festival. His first novel Grace was published by Two Ravens Press in 2009. Playthings was published by Galley Beggar Press in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, which is awarded annually to the best new work of fiction or non-fiction with a central theme that ‘engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness’.
Anna Cathenka, Alice Willitts and Cat Woodward shortlisted for Ivan Juritz Prize
Three current UEA students have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ivan Juritz Prize, which invites postgraduate students throughout Europe to submit texts, films, musical compositions, virtual documentation of artwork, excerpts of moving image work and proposals for installation and performance. Anna Cathenka and Alice Willitts are currently completing the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) and are selected for their collaboration ‘p0_EM Stein1’. Cat Woodward is completing her PhD, having previously gained a BA and MA at UEA, and is selected for her lyric sequence ‘Away My Grievance’. Arathi Menon, who is completing her MA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) was earlier longlisted for ‘The Bombay Fornicator’. The prize is a collaboration King’s College London and the Cove Park Artist Residency Centre. The winners receive £1000 and a two-week residency at Cove Park. All shortlisted works are given a public performance at the prize-giving and are written up in the journal Textual Practice.
Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
Our Homesick Songs is the second novel by UEA alumna Emma Hooper and has just been published by Penguin. Emma was born in Canada and moved to England in 2004 after completing her BA in Music and Writing at the University of Alberta. She took an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University before undertaking her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, from which she graduated in 2010. Her debut novel Etta and Otto and Russel and James was published in 2015 by Fig Tree. A performing musician and composer, she teaches Commercial Music at Bath Spa University.
OK, Mr Field by Katharine Kilalea
OK, Mr Field is the debut novel by UEA alumna Katharine Kilalea and has just been published by Faber & Faber. Katharine grew up in South Africa and moved to England in 2005 in order to study for an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA. She graduated in 2006 and in 2009 published her debut collection of poetry One Eye'd Leigh with Carcanet. This was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
Mitch Johnson wins Branford Boase Award
UEA alumnus Mitch Johnson has won this year’s Branford Boase Award for his debut children’s novel, Kick, which was published by Usborne last year. Mitch graduated from the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2014 and currently works as a bookseller in Waterstones, Norwich. The award is shared with his editors Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker. It was previously won by UEA alumna CJ Flood (MA 2010) in 2014 for her debut Infinite Sky.
Only Killers And Thieves by Paul Howarth
Only Killers And Thieves is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Paul Howarth and is published in the UK this week by One, an imprint of Pushkin Press. It was published as a lead title by HarperCollins in the US in February. Paul was born and grew up in the UK and lived and worked in Australia for several years, gaining dual citizenship in 2012. He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2015, having been awarded that year’s Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship. Earlier this year he was featured as a ‘new writer to watch’ by the Independent newspaper. He lives in Norwich with his family.
Deepa Anappara wins Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize
Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line by UEA writer Deepa Anappara has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, one week after winning the Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award for debut authors. Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is worth £1,500 and rewards an unpublished female author. Deepa (pictured) is a journalist and editor who graduated last year from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA and has since joined the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line was the winner of the 2017 Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel as well as the Deborah Rogers Award. Two other UEA alumnae were shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize: Poppy Sebag-Montefiore for Listeners, and Lauren Van Schaik for Joplin. Emily Ruth Ford (MA 2017) and Emma Rhind-Tutt (MA 2013) were longlisted. The 2015 Prize was won by UEA alumna Emily Midorikawa (MA 2005), while Kathryn Simmonds (MA 2002) was shortlisted in 2012 and Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (MA 2017) in 2016
Sally Craythorne and James Smart shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Two UEA writers have been shortlisted for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which is worth £5,000 to the winner and is judged by an international panel of writers, this year chaired by Sarah Hall. Sally Craythorne is nominated for ‘Goat’ and James Smart for ‘After the Fall’. Sally graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004 and published her first novel How You See Me in 2015. She lives on a smallholding in Norfolk with her family and is currently writing her second novel. James (pictured) is a current student on the MFA in Creative Writing. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Glimmertrain, Reflex Fiction, Spelk, Friction, Spilling Ink and elsewhere. He is currently working on a novel.