A Hope On The Wall by Anna Metcalfe
A Hope On The Wall by UEA alumna Anna Metcalfe is a 40-page essay in pamphlet form and the debut print publication by Seam Editions, a publishing house dedicated to creative-critical writing. Anna (pictured) was born in Germany in 1987 and grew up in Fife and Lincolnshire. She has worked and studied in Lausanne, Chongquing, Paris and Norwich and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2012 and from the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2016. In 2014 she was the youngest writer ever to be shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and in 2016 her debut collection of short stories Blind Water Pass was published by John Murray. She lectures in contemporary writing at the University of Birmingham. The website for Seam Editions can be found at: www.seameditions.com
Mattia Natale nominated for František Halas Literary Competition
Current UEA student Mattia Natale has been chosen as a runner-up in the Literární soutěž Františka Halase (František Halas Literary Competition), which is named after František Halas, an acclaimed 20th century Czech poet known for supporting young writers. The competition is for Czech poets under the age of 30 who haven't yet published a collection. Mattia (pictured) is in his final year as a student on the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA. His poetry portfolio was published online when the finalists were announced, and he has since been invited to submit his first book to a major Czech poetry publisher.
Swimming Pool by Ágnes Lehóczky
Swimming Pool is the new full-length collection of poetry by UEA alumna Ágnes Lehóczky and has recently been published by Shearsman Books. It contains three ‘guest’ texts - a new poem by UEA Professor of Poetry Denise Riley, another by Adam Piette, and a prose piece by Terry O'Connor - each of which serves to introduce a section of the book. Ágnes graduated from the Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2006 and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2010. Originally from Budapest, Hungary, 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 earlier this year. Ágnes also has three poetry collections in Hungarian and a collection of essays on the poetry of Ágnes Nemes Nagy. She was the winner of the Arthur Welton Poetry Award 2010 and the inaugural co-winner of the Jane Martin Prize for Poetry at Girton College, Cambridge, in 2011. She currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield.
Marie-Elsa Bragg shortlisted for Writers’ Guild Award
Towards Mellbreak, the debut novel by UEA alumna Marie-Elsa Bragg, has been shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild Best First Novel Award. Marie-Elsa (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2015. She previously studied Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University and trained for the Priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford University. She is a Priest in the diocese of London, an Ignatian spiritual director, a therapist and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. Towards Mellbreak was published by Chatto & Windus earlier this year. The announcement of the Writers’ Guild Award will be made on 15th January 2018.
Urvashi Bahuguna wins Emerging Poet's Prize
UEA alumna Urvashi Bahuguna has won the Emerging Poet's Prize organized by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective for her debut collection, Mudscope, which will be published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective in September 2018. Urvashi (pictured) is originally from Goa and currently lives and works in Delhi. She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA in 2014. She recently won the Eclectica Spotlight Author Award and a Sangam House writing fellowship, and will be a Charles Wallace India Trust fellow from February to May next year. She was also recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for the Beverly Prize and the Wingword Poetry Prize. A poetry pamphlet, containing twenty poems, will be published by Eyewear Books in the UK in March 2018.
Sphinx by Cat Woodward
Sphinx is the first full-length collection of poetry by current UEA student Cat Woodward and has just been published by salò press. Cat is originally from Preston, Lancashire, and completed her BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2011. She 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 Lighthouse, Brittle Star, The Interpreter’s House and S/S/Y/K, and she has previously published two chapbooks of poetry, Delusions of Grandeur (2008) and Snapshots of Rude: From Rude Tube and the Idiot Box (2012).
Naomi Alderman and Ayobami Adebayo selected for New York Times books of the year list
Novels by two UEA alumni have been included in the New York Times list of 100 notable books of 2017. They are Stay With Me (Canongate), the debut novel by Ayobami Adebayo (pictured), who graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2014, and The Power (Viking), the fourth novel by 2003 MA graduate Naomi Alderman, which has also been chosen by the New York Times as one of the 10 best books of the year. Both novels were nominated for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, which was won by The Power.
Hannah Vincent shortlisted for Manchester Fiction Prize
‘She-Clown’ by UEA alumna Hannah Vincent has been shortlisted for the 2017 Manchester Writing Competition Fiction Prize, which is worth £10,000 to the winner. The prize was won last year by UEA alumnus D.W. Wilson, while the Poetry prize was jointly won by UEA alumna Rebecca Tamás. Hannah (pictured) graduated from the BA in Drama and English at UEA in 1987 and began her writing life as a playwright before completing an MA in Creative & Critical Writing at Kingston University in 2012. Her plays include The Burrow and Throwing Stones (Royal Court Theatre) and Hang (National Theatre Studio). Between 1996 and 2001 she worked for the BBC as a television script editor, and is currently completing a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of Sussex, where she is also a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She published her first novel Alarm Girl with Myriad Editions in 2014. Her second novel The Weaning will be published by Salt in 2018. The winner of the Manchester Fiction Prize will be announced on 1st December.
Jake Reynolds shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize
UEA alumnus Jake Reynolds has been shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize, which is supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and is designed to assist English-language poets working towards their debut pamphlet or collection. The winner receives £1,700 and will be published in The White Review. Jake (pictured) was born and raised in Lincoln and was longlisted for the National Poetry Competition in 2015. He graduated from the UEA BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2016, when he won the Malcolm Bradbury Prize for an undergraduate dissertation, and from the UEA Poetry MA in 2017. His work has been published online and in print, most recently by Seam Editions and HVTN.
Rebecca Stott shortlisted for Costa Biography Award
UEA Professor of Literature and Creative Writing Rebecca Stott has been shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Biography Award for her memoir In the Days of Rain, published by 4th Estate earlier this year. Rebecca is the author of several academic books on Victorian literature and several cross-over books on the history of science, including Darwin and the Barnacle (2003), Theatres of Glass (2003), Oyster (2004), and Darwin’s Ghosts (2012). Her first novel Ghostwalk was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in the UK in 2007 and translated into 14 languages. This was followed by The Coral Thief in 2009. The category winners of the Costa Book Awards will be announced on 2nd January 2018, and the overall Costa Book of the Year Award winner on 30th January.
The Uncommon Reader by Helen Smith
The Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett is the first biography by Helen Smith and has just been published by Jonathan Cape in the UK. It will be published in America by Farrar, Straus and Giroux next month. Helen is a lecturer in Non-Fiction and Modern Literature at UEA and Director of the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction. She has a MA and PhD from UEA, and has previously written on Edward Garnett and his relationship with various authors in Ford Madox Ford’s Literary Contacts and in Translation and Literature. She has won the Biographers' Club Prize and the RSL Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction. The proposal for The Uncommon Reader was the winner of the Biographers’ Club Prize and a RSL/Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction.
The Alarming Palsy Of James Orr by Tom Lee
The Alarming Palsy Of James Orr is the second book by UEA alumnus Tom Lee and has recently been published by Granta. Tom graduated from UEA’s undergraduate programme in 1993 and subsequently completed a PhD at Goldsmiths College London. He published his first collection of stories Greenfly in 2009. His stories have been published in The Sunday Times Magazine, Prospect, Esquire, The Dublin Review and Zoetrope All Story, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and in 2012 he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.
Letters Home by Martyn Bedford
Letters Home is the new collection of short stories by UEA alumnus Martyn Bedford and has just been published by Comma Press. Martin graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1994 and has since published five novels for adults, including his debut Acts of Revision, which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award in 1996. His first book for teenagers Flip was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and named as a Red House Children’s Book Awards Pick of the Year title, as well as winning four regional prizes: the Sheffield Children’s Book Award, the Calderdale Book of the Year Award, the Bay Book Award and the Immanuel College Book Award. This was followed by Never Ending and Twenty Questions for Gloria, both published by Walker Books. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.
Julianne Pachico and Richard Lambert shortlisted for East Anglian Book Awards
Two UEA Creative Writing alumni have been shortlisted for the 2017 East Anglian Book Awards, which are organised by the Eastern Daily Press, Jarrolds, and Writers’ Centre Norwich. Julianne Pachico is nominated in the Fiction category for her debut collection of stories The Lucky Ones, published by Faber & Faber earlier this year, while Richard Lambert is nominated in the Poetry category for his second collection The Nameless Places, published by Arc last month. Richard (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010 and published his debut collection of poetry, Night Journey, in 2012. He is currently on Escalator, a talent development scheme for writers in the east of England, and received an Arts Council award to complete The Nameless Places. Julianne graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and completed a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA earlier this year. The Lucky Ones is currently also on the shortlist for the 2017 The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Another UEA alumna, Hayley Long, who graduated with an MA in American Studies in 2016, is shortlisted in the Children’s category of the East Anglian Book Awards for her latest novel for teenagers, The Nearest Far Away Place. The category winners and overall East Anglian Book Awards winner will be announced on 24th November.
Emily Ford wins V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize
‘The Hikers’ by UEA alumna Emily Ford has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Royal Society of Literature V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. Emily (pictured) graduated from Oxford with a degree in Literature in 2004 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) earlier this year. A former journalist at The Times and Agence France-Presse, Emily has previously worked in Shanghai, Hong Kong and New Delhi and current works as a literary translator and freelance journalist while completing her first novel. The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is worth £1,000. In addition Emily’s story will be published in Prospect magazine and the RSL Review.
Tinderbox by Megan Dunn
Tinderbox is the first book by UEA alumna Megan Dunn and is published by Galley Beggar Press this week. Megan graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2006 and subsequently won an Escalator award from the New Writing Partnership (now Writers' Centre Norwich). Her short story 'The Mermaid and the Music Box' was included in Roads Ahead, an anthology of new writers published by Tindal St Press. She lives in New Zealand, where she is well known as a visual arts reviewer.
Meadhbh Ní Eadhra wins National Oireachtas literary competition
UEA alumna Meadhbh Ní Eadhra has won first prize in the National Oireachtas literary competition for her unpublished novel Dath. The prize is worth €2,000, and Dath will be published by Leabhair Comhar in 2018. Meadhbh (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013. She is the author of three other award-winning Irish language books for young people, Rua, Fáinne Fí Fífí, and Faye, which was the winner of an Oireachtas Irish language literary award in 2016 and was published by Leabhair Comhar earlier this year. Meadhbh was the winner of the 2013 Moth Short Story Prize and last year her short story ‘Friday’ was shortlisted for the Over The Edge New Writer of The Year award. She recently began a PhD in Creative Writing at the National University of Ireland Galway
Anjali Joseph shortlisted for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
The Living by UEA alumna Anjali Joseph has been shortlisted for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, which is worth $25,000 to the winner. Anjali (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2008 and from the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing in 2014. Earlier this year she was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her story ‘Everlasting Lucifer’. Her first novel Saraswati Park was published in 2010 and won a Betty Trask Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was joint winner of India’s Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction, as well as being shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, the Ondaatje Prize, and the Hindu Literary Prize. Another Country, her second novel, was published in 2012 and was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. The Living, her third novel, was published by 4th Estate last year. The winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature will be announced at the Dhaka Literary Festival in Bangladesh on 18th November.
Julianne Pachico and Sara Taylor shortlisted for Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award
Two UEA writers have been included on the shortlist of five in contention for this year’s The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Julianne Pachico is nominated for The Lucky Ones, her debut collection of stories, which was published by Faber & Faber earlier this year. Sara Taylor is nominated for her second novel The Lauras, which was published by Heinemann last year. Both Julianne (pictured) and Sara graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013, and both completed a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA earlier this year. Julianne grew up in Cali in Columbia and was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2015. Her work has been published in a number of journals including Lighthouse and The New Yorker. Sara’s debut novel The Shore was shortlisted for The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award in 2015 and longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Guardian First Book Award, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award. The Lauras was shortlisted earlier this year for the RSL Encore Award. The winner of The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award 2017, which is worth £5,000, will be announced on 7 December.
Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson
Demi-Gods is the first novel by UEA alumna Eliza Robertson and is published by Bloomsbury this week. Eliza joined the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2011 as that year’s recipient of the UEA-Booker Foundation scholarship. She graduated in 2012 as the recipient of the Curtis Brown Award completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA earlier this year. Her debut collection of short fiction, Wallflowers, was published in the UK by Bloomsbury in 2015. In Canada she has won three national awards for her short stories and has twice been longlisted for the Journey Prize. In 2013 she was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In both 2015 and 2016 she was shortlisted for a Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award.