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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Elizabeth MacNeal, has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Caledonia Novel Award, an international award for unpublished and self-published novelists.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 GuardianNew StatesmanAttitude, 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.


Gytha Lodge signs book deal for three crime thrillers

 

 

UEA alumna Gytha Lodge has signed a six-figure book deal with Michael Joseph for a series of three crime thrillers.  Gytha (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) at UEA in 2013, having previously read English at Corpus Christi, Cambridge. Her debut play The Funeral of Macie Loverett was the winner of the 2009 Geoffrey Whitworth Award, while her one-act play Otherwise won a Fringe award in 2010 and was selected for Leicester Square Theatre’s Best of the Fringe season. The first of her crime novels, She Lies in Wait, will be published in spring 2019.    


The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is the debut novel by UEA alumna Imogen Hermes Gowar and is published by Vintage this week. 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 last year. Earlier this month Imogen was selected as a ‘new writer to watch’ by both the Observer and the Independent.


Paul Howarth and Imogen Hermes Gowar selected as writers to watch

Two recent UEA graduates have been selected as ‘new writers to watch’ by the Observer and Independent.  Paul Howarth and Imogen Hermes Gowar are both featured in the Independent, while Imogen is also selected by the Observer. Paul (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2015, having been awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship. His debut novel Only Killers And Thieves will be published by Pushkin Press in the UK in June and will be the ‘Lead Read’ when published by HarperCollins in the US. Foreign rights have also been sold. 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 first novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition in 2015 and was shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award. After a 10-publisher auction, Vintage secured the rights to the novel for a six figure sum last year. It will be published in the UK later this month


John Steciuk longlisted for Galley Beggar Short Story Prize

‘The Land of Nod’ by recent UEA graduate John Steciuk has been longlisted for this year’s The 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, who will be announced on 26th January, will receive a cash prize of £150.  


Rainsongs by Sue Hubbard

Rainsongs is the new novel by UEA alumna Sue Hubbard and is published by Duckworth Overlook this month. Sue graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1995. She is a freelance art critic, lecturer, broadcaster and writer, and has twice won the London Writers' competition for her poetry. Her books of poetry include Everything Begins With The Skin (1994), Ghost Station (2004), The Idea Of Islands (2010) and The Forgetting And Remembering Of Air (2014). Her first novel Depth of Field was published in 2000, which was followed by Girl In White in 2013, and in 2008 she published her first collection of short stories, Rothko’s Red. A selection of her art writings, Adventures in Art, was published by Other Criteria in 2010.


Five UEA writers longlisted for Words and Women competition

Five UEA writers have been included on the longlist for this year’s Words and Women prose competition. Open to women writers throughout the UK, the competition offers the national winner a cash prize of £1,000 and a month long writing retreat sponsored by Hosking Houses Trust. The winner of the East of England prize will receive £600 and an advising session with Jill Dawson of the Gold Dust mentoring service. The longlisted authors were selected by guest judges Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood. They are: Sally Kerry Fox (MA 2016) for ‘Every Living Thing’; Avril Joy (BA 1972) for ‘Crane’; Carmen Morawski (pictured, current MFA) for ‘Upon Return’; Rashmee Roshan Lall (MA 2016; current PhD) for ‘The Man Who Walked In Off The Street’; and Hannah Vincent (BA 1987) for ‘She Clown’.


Rebecca Stott wins Costa Biography Award

UEA Professor of Literature and Creative Writing Rebecca Stott has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Costa Biography Award for her memoir In the Days of Rain, published by 4th Estate last year. Rebecca is the author of several academic books on Victorian literature and several cross-over books on the history of science, including Darwin and the Barnacle (2003), Theatres of Glass (2003), Oyster (2004), and Darwin’s Ghosts (2012). Her first novel Ghostwalk was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in the UK in 2007 and translated into 14 languages. This was followed by The Coral Thief in 2009. Each of the Costa category winners will receive £5,000, while the overall Costa Book of the Year Award winner, who will be announced on 30th January, will receive £30,000.