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Judy O’Kane wins National Memory Day Writing Competition

‘The Fig Tree’ by UEA writer Judy O’Kane has been announced as the winner in the poetry category of the National Memory Day Writing Competition.  Judy also recently won the Irish Post Listowel Writers’ Week competition. A former lawyer who currently teaches advocacy at the Law Society of Ireland, Judy graduated from the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in 2012 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She was previously the winner of the Listowel Writers’ Week Original Poem prize in 2015 and was shortlisted in 2016 for the Tony Lothian Prize (formerly known as the Biographers’ Club Prize) for the best proposal by an uncommissioned, first-time biographer.  The National Memory Day prize was judged by Andrew Motion and is worth £4,000.  


Lawson Lies Still In The Thames by Gill Blanchard


Lawson Lies Still in the Thames: The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson (Amberley Publishing) is the second book by UEA alumna Gill Blanchard to be published this year, following I Therefore Post Him As A Coward: An Anatomy Of A Norfolk Scandal, 1836, which was recently published by Poppyland Publishing. Gill graduated from the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in 2015 and is a professional genealogist and house historian. She has previously published three works on local history.


Rowan Hisayo Buchanan shortlisted for Betty Trask Award

Harmless Like You, the debut novel by UEA student Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, has been shortlisted for this year’s Betty Trask Award, which is worth £10,000 to the winner and £3,000 to each of the shortlisted authors. Rowan (pictured) was shortlisted earlier this month for the Authors’ Club First Novel Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize. She was longlisted earlier in the year for the inaugural Jhalak Prize for the Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA, and her short story ‘Before It Disappears’ was recently published in the anthology How Much the Heart Can Hold. The Betty Trask Award is for a debut literary novel by an author under the age of 35 and the winner will be announced at the Society of Authors’ Awards on 20th June.


The Irregular by H.B. Lyle

 

 

The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy is the new novel by UEA alumnus Ben Lyle, writing as H.B. Lyle. It will be published by Hodder and Stoughton this week, and has also been acquired for development as a TV series by See-Saw Films, with Saul Dibb to direct and the author to co-adapt. Ben has worked in the film industry for nearly 20 years. He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2010 before going on to complete a PhD in Film and Television, also at UEA. He published his debut novel Terms as Ben Lyle in 2015 with Hookline Books.


New Boy by Tracy Chevalier


New Boy by UEA alumna Tracy Chevalier is published this week as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series in which contemporary novelists are commissioned to retell a Shakespeare play, in this case Othello. Tracy graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1994 and published her first novel The Virgin Blue in 1996. Her second novel Girl With A Pearl Earring was published in 1999 and was adapted for cinema, the film receiving three academy award nominations in 2004. Last year she published her eighth novel, At The Edge of the Orchard and edited the short story collection Reader, I Married Him


Judy O’Kane wins Irish Post Listowel Writers’ Week competition.

 


UEA writer Judy O’Kane has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Irish Post Listowel Writers’ Week competition. A former lawyer, Judy (pictured) graduated from the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in 2012 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She was previously the winner of the Listowel Writers’ Week Original Poem prize in 2015 and was shortlisted in 2016 for the Tony Lothian Prize (formerly known as the Biographers’ Club Prize) for the best proposal by an uncommissioned, first-time biographer. The Irish Post Listowel Writers’ Week competition is worth €500 and an invitation to the Listowel Writers’ Week festival in May-June. 


Rowan Hisayo Buchanan shortlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize

Harmless Like You, the debut novel by UEA student Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, has been shortlisted for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelists, which is worth £10,000 to the winner. Rowan (pictured) was longlisted earlier this year for the the inaugural Jhalak Prize for the Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour, and has recently been shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA, and her short story ‘Before It Disappears’ was recently published in the anthology How Much the Heart Can Hold.  The Desmond Elliott Prize was won by UEA alumna Anjali Joseph (MA 2008) in 2011. Among those to have been shortlisted are Adam Foulds (MA 2000) and Joe Dunthorne (MA 2005) in 2008, Edward Hogan (MA 2004) in 2009, DW Wilson (MA 2010) in 2014, Emma Healey (MA 2011) in 2015, and Gavin McCrea (MA 2009) in 2016. This year’s winner will be announced on 21 June.


I Therefore Post Him As A Coward by Gill Blanchard.

I Therefore Post Him As A Coward: An Anatomy Of A Norfolk Scandal, 1836 is the new book by UEA alumna Gill Blanchard and has just been published by Poppyland Publishing. Gill graduated from the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in 2015 and is a professional genealogist and house historian. She has previously published three works on local history.


Rose Tremain shortlisted for Ondaatje Prize and IBW Book Award

The Gustav Sonata by UEA alumna Rose Tremain has been shortlisted for both the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize and the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award (adult category). The novel was also recently nominated for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Rose (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English in 1967 and later returned to the university to teach on the Creative Writing MA and, more recently, to become the University’s first female Chancellor. Among her many other acclaimed novels are Music and Silence (1999), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, and The Road Home, which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2007. The winner of the Ondaatje Prize, which is worth £10,000, will be announced on 8th May. The winner of the IBW Book Award, which is coordinated by The Booksellers Association will be announced on 23rd June.


The Tincture of Time by Elizabeth L Silver

 

The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty is the new book by UEA alumna Elizabeth L Silver and is published by Penguin Press this week. Elizabeth graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2004. Since graduation she has been the recipient of several grants, including a residency at the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, New York, and the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) Workshop in Tarazona, Spain. Her debut novel The Execution of Noa P. Singleton was published in 2013 by Random House/Crown in the USA and Headline Review in the UK, among several other publishers around the world. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.