Ayobami Adebayo shortlisted for Wellcome Book Prize
Stay With Me, the debut novel by UEA alumna Ayobami Adebayo, has been shortlisted for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize. Ayobami (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2014 and was the recipient of a full-fees International Scholarship. Stay With Me was published by Canongate in the UK and Knopf in the USA last year, and translation rights have been sold to a range of overseas publishers. In 2017 it was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and has also recently been nominated for the 2018 Dylan Thomas Prize. The winner of the Wellcome Book Prize will be announced on 30th April.
Trenton Makes by Tadzio Koelb
Trenton Makes is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Tadzio Koelb and is published by Doubleday this week. Tadzio graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2008 and has since worked as a translator, reviewer and teacher. His art and book reviews and essays have appeared in a number of publications, including the New Statesman, The New York Times and The Times Literary Supplement. He has translated the work of Andre Gide, and teaches writing at Rutgers University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Xenofeminism by Helen Hester
Xenofeminism is a new book of feminist theory by UEA graduate Helen Hester and has just been published by Polity Press. Helen graduated from UEA with a BA in English Literature in 2005 and an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007. She also gained an MA from the University of Sussex in 2006 and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Chichester in 2011. She is a founding member of the ′Laboria Cuboniks′ collective that developed the manifesto Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation. Helen is also the author of Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (SUNY Press, 2014) and co-editor of the collections Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism (Ashgate, 2015) and Dea ex Machina (Merve, 2015). She is the series editor for Ashgate’s Sexualities in Society book series and is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of West London.
Words & Women: The Compendium
Words & Women: The Compendium is an anthology of fiction and creative non-fiction by women writers in the East of England and nationally over the age of forty. It is published this week with a launch event in the Book Hive in Norwich on 9th March. The Compendium gathers work representing the best of the previous four Words & Women annual prose competitions, plus this year’s winners, who were selected by UEA alumnae Emma Claire Sweeney (MA 2004) and Emily Midorikawa (MA 2005) (pictured). The compendium is edited by UEA graduates Lynne Bryan (MA 1985) and Belona Greenwood (MA 2005), who established Words & Women in 2011 as a voluntary organisation to support and celebrate women writers. Four previous anthologies have been published, the first being shortlisted for a Saboteur Award in 2014, as well as a collection of contemporary rural lifewriting, Gull Stones and Cuckoos. Lynne and Belona were shortlisted for the Women in Publishing New Venture Award in 2015 and 2016.
Imogen Hermes Gowar longlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction
UEA alumna Imogen Hermes Gowar has been longlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. 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. After a ten-publisher auction, Vintage secured the rights to the novel for a six figure sum in 2017. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is supported by three partners - Baileys, Deloitte and NatWest - and is worth £30,000 to the winning author, who will be announced on 6 June. It was won last year by UEA alumna Naomi Alderman (MA 2003).
The Heart Is A Burial Ground by Tamara Colchester
The Heart Is A Burial Ground is the debut novel by UEA alumna Tamara Colchester and is published by Simon & Schuster this week. Tamara is a writer and artist whose work has appeared in various publications, including AnOther Magazine. She graduated from UEA with a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2010, and now lives in West Sussex.
Elizabeth Macneal sells novel to Picador
Recent UEA graduate Elizabeth Macneal has sold her debut novel The Doll Factory to Picador following an auction involving thirteen other publishers. The novel was recently announced as the winner of the 2018 Caledonia Novel Award, an international award for unpublished and self-published novelists. Picador have also bought the rights to her second novel and will publish The Doll Factory as their leading debut title in 2019. Elizabeth (pictured) is also a potter and runs Limehouse Ceramics in London. She grew up in Edinburgh and read English Literature at Oxford University, where she was a Buccleugh Scholar. After working in the City for several years she joined the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2016 as that year’s recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarship.
Jane Harris and Natasha Pulley longlisted for Walter Scott Prize
Two UEA alumni have been longlisted for this year’s Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, which is worth £25,000 to the winner and £1,000 to each shortlisted author. Jane Harris graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1992 and the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 1995 and is nominated for Sugar Money, published by Faber last year. Jane’s first novel The Observations was published in 2006 and nominated for numerous prizes, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award. Her second novel Gillespie & I was published in 2011 and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Natasha Pulley graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012 and is nominated for The Bedlam Stacks, published by Bloomsbury last year. Her first novel The Watchmaker of Filigree Street was published in 2015 and received a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. The shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize will be announced in April and the winner announced at the Borders Book Festival on 15th June.
Elizabeth MacNeal wins Caledonia Novel Award
The Doll Factory, by recent UEA graduate Elizabeth MacNeal, has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Caledonia Novel Award, an international award for unpublished and self-published novelists. Elizabeth (pictured) grew up in Edinburgh and read English Literature at Oxford University, where she was a Buccleugh Scholar. After working in the City for several years she joined the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2016, when she was that year’s recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarship. The Caledonia Novel Award is worth £1,000 and a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre. Elizabeth is also a potter and runs Limehouse Ceramics in London.
Ayobami Adebayo longlisted for Wellcome Book Prize
Stay With Me, the debut novel by UEA alumna Ayobami Adebayo, has been longlisted for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize, days after being nominated for the 2018 Dylan Thomas Prize. Ayobami (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2014 and was the recipient of a full-fees International Scholarship. Stay With Me was published by Canongate in the UK and Knopf in the USA last year, and translation rights have been sold to a range of overseas publishers. In 2017 it was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. The shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize will be announced on 20th March, with the winner revealed on 30th April.
Fire on the Mountain by Jean McNeil
Fire on the Mountain is the new novel by UEA Reader in Creative Writing Jean McNeil and is published this week in the UK by Legend Press. Originally from Nova Scotia in Canada, Jean is the author of twelve previous books, including a collection of short stories and five novels, most recently The Dhow House, published by Legend in 2016. Her work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, the Governor-General’s Prize for fiction (Canada) and the Journey Prize for short fiction (Canada). She has twice been the Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholar in South Africa, and works for part of each year in South Africa and Kenya. Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir was published by ECW in North America in 2016 and was the winner of the $4,000 Grand Prize – the Phyllis and Don Munday Award – at the Banff Mountain Film Festival book competition
Go The Way Your Blood Beats by Michael Amherst
Go The Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality And Desire is the first book by UEA alumnus Michael Amherst and is published by Repeater Books this week. Michael gained his BA from Oxford University and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2007. He is currently working on a novel as part of a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London. His short fiction has appeared in publications including The White Review and Contrappasso and been longlisted for the BBC Opening Lines and Bath Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, Attitude, the Spectator and Versopolis: European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture, among others
Only Killers And Thieves by Paul Howarth
Only Killers And Thieves is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Paul Howarth and has just been published as a lead title by HarperCollins in the US. Translation rights have also been sold, and the novel will be published by Pushkin Press in the UK in June. 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.
John Steciuk shortlisted for Galley Beggar Short Story Prize
‘The Land of Nod’ by recent UEA graduate John Steciuk has been shortlisted for this year’s Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. John was born in Manchester in 1989 and graduated from UEA with a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2012 and with an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2017. Between his BA and MA he spent the four years teaching English in South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam, and is currently working in South Korea while completing his first book, a collection of linked short stories that includes ‘The Land of Nod’. The winner of the Galley Beggar Prize, which will be announced on 16th February, will choose between a cash prize of £1000 or twelve months of editorial support. Each of the three shortlisted authors will receive a cash prize of £150.
Ayobami Adebayo longlisted for Dylan Thomas Prize
Stay With Me, the debut novel by UEA alumna Ayobami Adebayo, has been longlisted for this year's £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize, which is awarded to the best literary work in English by an author aged 39 or under. Ayobami (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2014 and was the recipient of a full-fees International Scholarship. Stay With Me was published by Canongate in the UK and Knopf in the USA last year, and translation rights have been sold to a range of overseas publishers. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. The shortlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize will announced at the end of March, and the winner revealed 10th May.
The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne
The Adulterants is the third novel by UEA alumnus Joe Dunthorne and is published by Hamish Hamilton this week. Joe graduated from the English Literature with Creative Writing BA at UEA in 2004, and from the MA in Creative Writing in 2005, when he was the inaugural recipient of the Curtis Brown Award. His debut novel Submarine was published in 2008 and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize, the Wodehouse Bolinger Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book Award. It was translated into sixteen languages and adapted into an award-winning film directed by Richard Ayoade. His second novel Wild Abandon was published in 2011 and won the 2012 Encore Award. His debut poetry pamphlet was published by Faber and Faber in 2010. His short stories and poems have been published in The Paris Review, The London Review of Books and McSweeney’s. He is a striker for the England Writers' Football Team and is currently teaching on the MFA in Creative Writing at UEA.
Lights! Planets! People! by Molly Naylor
Lights! Planets! People! is a new stage play written and directed by UEA alumna Molly Naylor and opens at Norwich Arts Centre this week. It was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Norwich Arts Centre and supported with funding from Arts Council England. Molly (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) in 2008 and her first solo show Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 before touring internationally. Besides her work for theatre, she has published two collections of poetry, You Clown (2012) and Badminton (2016). Her six-part comedy drama After Hours, co-written with UEA graduate John Osborne, was broadcast on Sky1 in 2015. She has previously been commissioned by BBC Radio 4, Sky, The BFI, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Creative England, The Bush Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Battersea Arts Centre.
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
Goodbye, Perfect is the new novel for Young Adults by UEA alumna Sara Barnard and is published by Macmillan Children’s Books this week. Sara graduated from the BA in Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2010 and published her debut YA novel Beautiful Broken Things in 2016. This was shortlisted for the 2017 YA Book Prize. Her second YA novel, A Quiet Kind Thunder, was published last year.
Somebody I Used To Know by Wendy Mitchell
Somebody I Used To Know is the memoir of dementia sufferer Wendy Mitchell and has just been published by Bloomsbury. It was ghostwritten by Anna Wharton, a current student on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. Anna has ghostwritten three previous titles: Breaking the Silence by Jo Milne (2015), CUT: One Woman’s Fight Against FGM in Britain Today by Hibo Wardere (2016), which was longlised for the 2017 Orwell Prize, and Brave by Adele Bellis (2017). She previously worked as a journalist, and was a regular contributor to TV shows such as This Morning, Good Morning Britain, and the Alan Titchmarsh Show. A former executive editor at The Daily Mail, she has written columns for The Times, The Guardian, Grazia, and Red, among numerous other titles. She is currently working on her first novel.
Kick by Mitch Johnson longlisted for Branford Boase Award
Kick by UEA alumnus Mitch Johnson has been longlisted for this year’s Branford Boase Award. The Award is given annually to the author of a debut children’s novel and their editor. Kick was edited by Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker and 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 Branford Boase Award was won by UEA alumna CJ Flood (MA 2010) in 2014 for her debut Infinite Sky. This year’s shortlist will be announced on 2nd May and the winner on 4th July.