Rowan Hisayo Buchanan shortlisted for Authors’ Club Award
Harmless Like You, the debut novel by UEA student Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, has been shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, which is worth £2,500 to the winner. Rowan (pictured) was longlisted earlier this year for the Desmond Elliott Prize and 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 winner of the Authors’ Club Award will be announced on 25th May
Anne Enright shortlisted for International Dublin Literary Award
The Green Road by UEA alumna Anne Enright has been shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, which is worth €100,000 to the winner and is nominated by libraries worldwide. Anne (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1987 and in 2015 became the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. She is the author of nine previous works, including the winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Gathering. The Green Road is published by Jonathan Cape and won the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Novel of the Year Award as well as being shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the British Book Industry Awards. It was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. UEA alumni Kazuo Ishiguro (MA 1980) and Natasha Pulley (MA 2012) were longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. The winner will be announced on 21st June 2017.
The Day Ends Like Any Day by Timothy Ogene
The Day Ends Like Any Day is the debut novel by UEA student Timothy Ogene and has recently been published by Holland House. Timothy was born in Nigeria and has since lived in Liberia, Germany, the US, and the UK. He holds a BA in English and History from St. Edward’s University, Texas, an MA in World Literatures in English from the University of Oxford, and is currently completing the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Harvard Review, Glasgow Review of Books, Hong Kong Review of Books, Poetry Quarterly, Tahoma Literary Review, and Blue Rock Review. His debut collection of poetry, Descent & Other Poems, will be published by Deerbrook Editions in July.
Cody, The Medicine Man & Me by Alan Wilkinson
Cody, The Medicine Man & Me is the first novel UEA alumnus Alan Wilkinson and is published by Ouen Press this week. Alan graduated from the MA in Creative Writing UEA in 1989 and has since made a living as a writer, ghosting biographies and writing corporate histories. He has made numerous road trips across the United States, out which came his travelogues Toad's Road-Kill Café (2012), The Red House On The Niobrara (2014) and There Used To Be A Guy... But He Died (2016).
Naomi Alderman and Ayobami Adebayo shortlisted for Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
Novels by two UEA alumnae have been shortlisted for this year’s £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. 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. The winner of the prize will be announced on 7 June.
The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard
The Day That Went Missing, a memoir, is the latest book by UEA alumnus Richard Beard and is published by Harvill Secker this week. 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 latest novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. He is also the author of three previous books of narrative non-fiction. For six years Richard Beard was Director of The National Academy of Writing in London. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo and Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at UEA.
How To Be Human by Paula Cocozza
How To Be Human is the debut novel by UEA alumna Paula Cocozza and is published by Hutchinson this week. Paula graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2015 and was the recipient of the David Higham Award. She is a staff feature writer at the Guardian and has also written for Vogue, the Telegraph, the Independent, and the TLS. She lives in London.
Towards Mellbreak by Marie-Elsa Bragg
Towards Mellbreak is the debut novel by UEA alumna by Marie-Elsa Bragg and is published by Chatto & Windus this week. Marie-Elsa 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.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Paul Stanbridge longlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize
UEA writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Paul Stanbridge have been longlisted for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelists, which is worth £10,000 to the winner. Rowan is nominated for Harmless Like You, published by Sceptre, while Paul is selected for Forbidden Line, published by Galley Beggar Press. Rowan (pictured) was longlisted earlier this 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. Paul gained a PhD from UEA in 2011, and was previously longlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize. The shortlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize will be announced on 5 May, and the winner revealed on 21 June.
Sara Taylor shortlisted for Encore Award
The Lauras by UEA writer Sara Taylor has been shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award for the best second novel of the year. Sara (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying at UEA for her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. Her debut novel The Shore was shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award 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 winner of the Encore Award, which is worth £10,000, will be announced on 5th April.