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The Cut by Anthony Cartwright

The Cut is a new novella by Teh Cut Book CoverUEA alumnus Anthony Cartwright. It is published this month and was commissioned by the publisher Peirene specifically to explore the issue of Brexit. Anthony was born in 1973 in Dudley and graduated from the UEA undergraduate programme in 1996. His first novel The Afterglow was published by Tindal Street Press in 2004 and was a winner of a Betty Trask Award. It was also shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the John Llewellyn-Rhys Memorial Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best First Novel award. His second novel Heartland was published in 2009 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best Novel award. His third novel How I Killed Margaret Thatcher was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. Iron Towns was published by Serpent’s Tail last year.

The Boy Who Went Magic by AP Winter


The Boy Who Went Magic is the debut novel for children by UEA alumnus A.P. Winter and is published by Chicken House this month. A.P. graduated from the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2008 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010, when he was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary. He has since worked as a freelance writer and copy-writer, contributing to several literary and history websites, including BBC History Extra. He also wrote a series of speaking and listening textbooks for non-native English speakers, having previously taught English as a foreign language in South Korea. 

Sandeep Parmar and Sam Riviere shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize

Two UEA alumni have been shortlisted for the inaugural £5,000 Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize, which celebrates second poetry collections. Sandeep Parmar is nominated for Eidolon (Shearsman Books) and Sam Riviere for Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (Faber & Faber). Sandeep (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA in 2003 and gained a PhD in English Literature from University College London in 2008. She edited The Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees in 2011 and The Selected Poems of Nancy Cunard in 2016. Her study Reading Mina Loy's Autobiographies was published in 2014, and she is the author of one other collection of poetry, The Marble Orchard, published in 2012.  She is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool and was an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker in 2015. Sam gained an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway before completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA in 2013. His debut collection 81 Austerities was published by Faber in 2012 and won the Forward / Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009, and in 2010 was selected for the Faber New Poets scheme while also being commended for the 2010 National Poetry Competition. A pamphlet of poems, Standard Twin Fantasy, was published in 2014, and he will appear in Penguin Modern Poets 5 with Frederick Seidel and Kathryn Maris later this year.  The winner of the Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize will be announced at the launch of this year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival 30th June 2017  

KJ Orr and Joanna Walsh shortlisted for Edge Hill Short Story Prize

Two UEA writers have been included on the all-female shortlist of five in contention for this year’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize. KJ (Katherine) Orr is nominated for her debut collection Light Box (Daunt) while Joanna Walsh is nominated for her second collection Vertigo (And Other Stories). Katherine (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and subsequently completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Chichester. ‘Disappearances’, a story taken from Light Box, was the winner of the 2016 BBC National Short Story Award, for which Katherine was previously shortlisted in 2011. She currently teaches on the MA and MFA in Creative Writing at UEA. Joanna is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, exploring the possibilities of digital narrative. Her digital novella Seed was recently published by Visual Editions, and earlier this year she won an Arts Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Non-Fiction category. Her first book Fractals was published by 3:AM Press in 2013 and has been followed by Grow a Pair (2015), Vertigo (2015), and Hotel (2015). The winner of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, which is worth £10,000, will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 26th August. There will also be a £1,000 Reader’s Choice Award to an author from the shortlist.  

Emily Berry shortlisted for Forward Prize for Poetry

Stranger, Baby by UEA writer Emily Berry has been shortlisted for this year’s £10,000 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Emily (pictured) grew up in London and studied English Literature at Leeds University and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College before joining UEA to undertake a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of Denise Riley. Her debut collection Dear Boy was published by Faber in 2013 and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She is the editor of Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt Publishing) and was published alongside Anne Carson and UEA alumna Sophie Collins (MA 2012) in the first volume of the relaunched Penguin Modern Poets series in 2016. Stranger, Baby was published by Faber & Faber earlier this year. The winner of the Forward Prize will be announced on 21st September.

Recent short story successes by UEA alumni

‘General Impression of Size and Shape’ by Rosalind Brown (MA 2016) and ‘The Sea in Me’ by Krishan Coupland (MA 2014; current PhD) have been included in Best British Short Stories 2017, edited by Nicholas Royle and published by Salt this month. Rosalind’s story was originally published in Lighthouse in March 2016; another story by Krishan, ‘Days Necrotic’, was joint winner of the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2011. Meanwhile, Sally Tissington (MA 2006) has won the Jane Austen Writing Prize for her short story 'Tomato Pushing Girl'. Sophia Veltfort (MA 2014) recently published her first short story ‘Taking Things’ in Alaska Quarterly Review and has since had work accepted for publication in Saturday Evening Post (online) and J Journal: New Writing on Justice. Another of her stories ‘Bishop Street’ has won the Post Road Flash Fiction Contest. ‘Interlude Between Waves’ by Liz Hambrick (MA 2014) is to be published in the summer edition of The Cardiff Review, and ‘Burnout’ by current MA student Tim Smyth is to be published in the inaugural issue of Ink Magazine.

Naomi Alderman wins Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

UEA alumna Naomi Alderman has won this year’s £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her fourth novel The Power, which was published by Viking last year and has also been longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize for outstanding political writing. Naomi (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003. Her first novel Disobedience (2006) won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers. Her second novel The Lessons (2010) was serialised for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime. Her third novel The Liars’ Gospel was published in 2012, when she was selected by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative to be mentored by Margaret Atwood. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.

Avani Shah shortlisted for Guardian 4th Estate BAME prize

‘Greed’, a new short story by UEA alumna Avani Shah, has been shortlisted for this year’s Guardian 4th Estate BAME prize, which was established in 2015 to find ‘fresh compelling writing’ by minority ethnic writers to address the poor representation of black and Asian writers of fiction in the UK. Avani (pictured) graduated from UEA’s BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2011 and from the MA in Creative Writing in 2015. Earlier this year she was one of four young writers selected for the Word Factory apprenticeship scheme, for which she will receive a year’s free access to all Word Factory events, plus career development opportunities and mentoring. The winner of the Guardian 4th Estate BAME prize will be announced on 13 July and will receive £1,000, a one-day workshop with 4th Estate editorial, publicity and marketing teams, and will have their story published on the Guardian website.

A Secret Sisterhood by Emma Claire Sweeney and Emily Midorikawa

A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, BrontëEliot and Woolf is a history of female literary friendships jointly authored by UEA Creative Writing graduates (and friends) Emma Claire Sweeney and Emily Midorikawa. With a foreword by Margaret Atwood, it has just been published by Aurum Press in the UK and will be published in the USA by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October. Emma graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004, and has since won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards for her writing. Her first novel Owl Song At Dawn was published by Legend Press last year and shortlisted for the 2017 BookHugger Book of the Year award. Emily graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2005 and now teaches at City University and New York University’s London campus. Her novel A Tiny Speck Of Black And Then Nothing was a runner-up for the SI Leeds Literary Prize and winner of the 2015 Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize. Together they run the website Something Rhymed, which profiles the friendships of well-known female authors.  

Tom Benn’s Real Gods Require Blood premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Real Gods Require Blood, the debut short film scripted by UEA alumnus Tom Benn, has recently been premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival International Critics' Week. Directed by Moin Hussain, the film was initially written on the iWrite scheme, an initiative set up by Creative England for emerging screenwriters. It will receive its UK premiere later this month at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Tom (pictured) graduated from the UEA BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2009 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010.  He is the author of The Doll Princess (2012), which was shortlisted for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize and the 2013 Portico Prize, Chamber Music (2013) and Trouble Man (2014). He teaches on the UEA MA in Crime Fiction. A trailer for the film can be viewed here.