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Kazuo Ishiguro announced as winner of Nobel Prize for Literature

UEA alumnus Kazuo Ishiguro has been named as the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Prize, which is worth 9m Swedish krona (£832,000), is awarded by the Swedish Academy to an author who ‘shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction’. He becomes the 114th winner, following writers including Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Toni Morrison and Pablo Neruda. Kazuo graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1980 and is the author of seven novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982), which won the Winifred Holtby Prize; An Artist of the Floating World (1986), which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Remains of the Day (1989), which won the Booker Prize; The Unconsoled (1995), which won the Cheltenham Prize; When We Were Orphans (2000), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Never Let Me Go (2005), which was shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize; and The Buried Giant, published by Faber and Faber in 2015. He has also published a book of short stories, Nocturnes (2009). In 1995 he received an OBE for Services to Literature, and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Sugar Money by Jane Harris

Sugar Money is the new novel by UEA alumna Jane Harris and is published by Faber & Faber this week. Jane graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1992, and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 1995. Between 1992 and 1994 she was the Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at HMP Durham, and for several years she taught on UEA’s undergraduate Creative Writing programme. Her first novel The Observations was published in 2006 and was nominated for numerous prizes, including the Waterstone’s Newcomer of the Year Best Novel award, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the Glen Dimplex Award, the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award, the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year Award, and the South Bank Show / Times Breakthrough Award. Her second novel  Gillespie & I was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.


Lishan Chan selected for Jalan Kubor Writing Residency Programme

Recent UEA graduate Lishan Chan has been selected for the Jalan Kubor Writing Residency Programme at Sing Lit Station in Singapore. Lishan (pictured) has just completed the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction at UEA and will be working on The Permit, a comedy/thriller screenplay-in-progress, over the course of her residency, which runs until Mar 2018. Lishan’s memoir A Philosopher's Madness was published by Ethos Books in 2012 and nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize.


Worlds from the Word's End by Joanna Walsh

Worlds from the Word's End is the new collection of short fiction by UEA research student Joanna Walsh and has recently been published by And Other Stories. Joanna (pictured) is completing a CHASE-funded PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, exploring the possibilities of digital narrative. She is a contributing editor at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult.co, and has previously published her work in Granta, The Dalkey Archive, gorse journal, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review and Best British Short Stories. Her first book Fractals was published in 2013 and has been followed by Grow a Pair (2015), Vertigo (2015), Hotel (2015) and Seed (2017). She was a judge on the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize, and won the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Non-Fiction category. 


The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven are twin novellas by UEA graduate JY Yang and will published simultaneously this week by the science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor. JY (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) last year. A journalist and former scientist from Singapore, JY’s short fiction has been published in Lightspeead, Uncanny, Clarkesworld and Strange Horizons. The novellas are the first in a projected series, the Tensorate Series, also to be published by Tor.


Kick

 


Kick is the debut novel for children by UEA alumnus Mitch Johnson and is published this week by Usborne with endorsement from Amnesty International UK. Mitch graduated from the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2014 and currently works as a bookseller in Waterstones, Norwich, where he lives with his wife


Green Lion by Henrietta Rose-Innes

Green Lion by UEA writer Henrietta Rose-Innes is the second of her novels to be published in the UK by Aardvark Bureau, having been published originally in South Africa in 2015. An earlier novel Nineveh was published in the UK and USA last year, having been published originally in South Africa in 2011 and shortlisted for the M-Net Literary Award and South Africa’s Sunday Times Fiction Prize. The French translation Ninive was the winner of the François Sommer Literary Prize in 2015. Henrietta is from Cape Town, South Africa, and is currently completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She is the author of two other novels and a collection of short stories. She was the winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2008 and the HSBC / PEN Short Story Prize in 2007, and was runner-up in the BBC Short Story Award in 2012. Her work is included in the Granta Book of the African Short Story (2011) and is published in several other languages.


Editing Emma by Chloe Seager


Editing Emma is the first Young Adult novel by UEA alumna Chloe Seager and has recently been published by Harlequin. Chloe grew up in East London and graduated from UEA in 2014 with a BA in English Literature & Drama. She lives in London and is a literary agent specializing in Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy for Diane Banks Associates.


Sam Riviere in Penguin Modern Poets 5

UEA alumnus Sam Riviere is included in the recently published collection Penguin Modern Poets 5 alongside Frederick Seidel and Kathryn Maris.  Sam began writing poetry at the Norwich School of Art and Design and gained an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway before completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA in 2013. He was a recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award, and his debut collection 81 Austerities (Faber & Faber, 2012) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His second collection Kim Kardashian's Marriage was published by Faber in 2015. His standalone pamphlets include Standard Twin Fantasy (Egg Box Publishing, 2014) and True Colours (After Hours, 2016). Safe Mode, a full-length prose text, was recently published by Test Centre. He runs the limited edition poetry press If a Leaf Falls from Edinburgh, where he currently lives.


Safe by Ryan Gattis

Safe is the new novel by UEA alumnus Ryan Gattis and has just been published in the UK by Picador. Ryan was born in Illinois, USA, and raised in Colorado. He gained a BFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University in California in 2001 and graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2002. He published his first novel Roo Kickkick and the Big Bad Blimp in 2004. This was followed by Kung Fu High School in 2005 and two novellas, The Big Drop: Homecoming in 2012 and The Big Drop: Impermanence in 2013. All Involved: A Novel Of The 1992 LA Riots was published in 2015. Ryan was a founding member of the publishing collective Black Hill Press, and taught English & Creative Writing for ten years at Chapman University. He currently lives in Los Angeles


Annetta Berry wins First Novel Prize

The Binding Frame by UEA Creative Writing student Annetta Berry has been announced as the winner of this year’s £1,000 First Novel Prize. Annetta (pictured) is one of the inaugural cohort on UEA’s new MFA in Creative Writing, from which she will graduate in September. Annetta previously gained a BA and a PhD in History of Art from Cambridge University, a Jesus College Foundation Scholarship, Jesus College Academic Prize and a British Academy Award. While working at the National Gallery, her work was nominated for two Interactive BAFTAs. She has also worked at Tate and freelance for the Royal Collection, and his currently a Writer-in-Residence at Houghton Hall in Norfolk. The Binding Frame was also longlisted for the Bath Novel, as was Translation by 2014 Creative Writing MA alumna Lily Meyer.


Kathy Stevens wins Bath Short Story Award

‘This Is All Mostly True’ by UEA Creative Writing student Kathy Stevens, has been announced as the winner of the £1,000 first prize in the 2017 International Bath Short Story Award, judged by AM Heath literary agent, Euan Thorneycroft. Kathy (pictured) gained a BA in English Literature from Bath Spa University before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2016 as the inaugural recipient of the Kowitz Scholarship. Her short fiction has appeared in Litro, Prole, Supernatural Tales Magazine, The Literateur, The Cadaverine, Patrician Press and Firefly, as well as the Bath Short Story Award 2016 and Bath Flash Fiction Award anthologies. She is currently completing her first novel and will graduate from the UEA MA in September.  


The Impossible by Mark Illis

The Impossible: Book 1 is the first novel for teenagers by UEA alumnus Mark Illis and has just been published by Quercus Children’s Books. Mark graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1987 and has published four novels for adults: A Chinese Summer (1988), The Alchemist (1990), The Feather Report (1992), and The Last Word (2011), which was shortlisted for The Portico Prize.  He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Tender, and has written extensively for TV, including EastEnders, The Bill and Emmerdale.  


January - Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce


Blood Orange, the debut thriller by UEA student Harriet Tyce, has been acquired by Wildfire in the UK and by Grand Central in the USA. It will be published simultaneously in the UK and US in January 2019.  Translation rights have meanwhile been sold in ten other countries, with more deals expected to follow. Harriet (pictured) is one of the inaugural students on UEA’s groundbreaking online MA in Crime Fiction and will graduate this September. She studied English at Oxford University and subsequently practiced for ten years as a criminal barrister in London


Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith

 

Kid Normal is the debut children’s book by Radio 1 DJs Greg James and Chris Smith and has just been published by Bloomsbury in the UK. It is the first book in a projected series and is also being published in Australia, the USA and several other countries around the world. Greg (pictured) graduated from the BA in Drama at UEA in 2007 and received an honorary doctorate in 2015. Throughout his time at UEA he presented shows on the Student Union radio station, Livewire, and joined BBC Radio 1 in the summer of 2007.


The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

 

The Bedlam Stacks is the second novel by UEA alumna Natasha Pulley and is published by Bloomsbury in the UK today. Natasha was born in Cambridge and studied English Literature at Oxford University. She graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012, after which she completed a nineteen-month Daiwa Fellowship in Tokyo, Japan. Her first novel The Watchmaker of Filigree Street was begun during her MA and published by Bloomsbury in 2015. It received a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.


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.


Faye by Meadhbh Ní Eadhra


Faye is the third young adult novel by UEA alumna Meadhbh Ní Eadhra and has just been published by LeabhairCOMHAR in Ireland.  It was the winner last year of an Oireachtas Irish language literary award while still in manuscript. Meadhbh graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013. She is the author of two other award-winning Irish language books for young people, Rua and Fáinne Fí Fífí, and was the winner of the 2013 Moth Short Story Prize. Last year her short story ‘Friday’ was shortlisted for the 2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year award. She is shortly to begin a PhD in Creative Writing at the National University of Ireland Galway.


A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee


A State of Freedom
is the third novel by UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee and is published by Chatto & Windus this week. Neel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel, A Life Apart, in 2010. Initially published in India as Past Continuous, this was the co-winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award in 2009 and the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award in 2010, and was itself shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. His second novel The Lives of Others was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, the Costa Novel Award and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. It was the winner of the 2015 Encore Award.


Descent & Other Poems by Timothy Ogene

 

Descent & Other Poems is the debut collection by UEA student Timothy Ogene and is published this week by Deerbrook Editions. 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 novel The Day Ends Like Any Day was published by Holland House earlier this year.