Imogen Hermes Gowar nominated for the Times Breakthrough Award
UEA alumna Imogen Hermes Gowar has been announced as the Literature nominee for the Times Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. The Breakthrough Award recognises achievements made by newcomers across ten categories of the arts. Imogen (pictured) is nominated for her debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, which was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. 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. The winner of the Times Breakthrough Award will be announced on 1 July.
Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Swan Song is the debut novel by recent UEA graduate Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott and is published this week by Hutchinson. Kelleigh was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and earned a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University before studying screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2017. As a work-in-progress, Swan Song was awarded the 2015 Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award and was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize and the Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition. It was also longlisted for the 2015 Historical Novel Society Award for a New Novel.
Lucia by Alex Pheby
Lucia is the third novel by UEA alumnus Alex Pheby and is published by Galley Beggar Press this week. Alex graduated with a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing from UEA in 2010 and is currently the programme leader of Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich in London and co-founder and co-director of the annual Greenwich Book Festival. His first novel Grace was published by Two Ravens Press in 2009. Playthings was published by Galley Beggar Press in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, which is awarded annually to the best new work of fiction or non-fiction with a central theme that ‘engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness’.
Anna Cathenka, Alice Willitts and Cat Woodward shortlisted for Ivan Juritz Prize
Three current UEA students have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ivan Juritz Prize, which invites postgraduate students throughout Europe to submit texts, films, musical compositions, virtual documentation of artwork, excerpts of moving image work and proposals for installation and performance. Anna Cathenka and Alice Willitts are currently completing the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) and are selected for their collaboration ‘p0_EM Stein1’. Cat Woodward is completing her PhD, having previously gained a BA and MA at UEA, and is selected for her lyric sequence ‘Away My Grievance’. Arathi Menon, who is completing her MA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) was earlier longlisted for ‘The Bombay Fornicator’. The prize is a collaboration King’s College London and the Cove Park Artist Residency Centre. The winners receive £1000 and a two-week residency at Cove Park. All shortlisted works are given a public performance at the prize-giving and are written up in the journal Textual Practice.
Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
Our Homesick Songs is the second novel by UEA alumna Emma Hooper and has just been published by Penguin. Emma was born in Canada and moved to England in 2004 after completing her BA in Music and Writing at the University of Alberta. She took an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University before undertaking her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, from which she graduated in 2010. Her debut novel Etta and Otto and Russel and James was published in 2015 by Fig Tree. A performing musician and composer, she teaches Commercial Music at Bath Spa University.
OK, Mr Field by Katharine Kilalea
OK, Mr Field is the debut novel by UEA alumna Katharine Kilalea and has just been published by Faber & Faber. Katharine grew up in South Africa and moved to England in 2005 in order to study for an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA. She graduated in 2006 and in 2009 published her debut collection of poetry One Eye'd Leigh with Carcanet. This was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
Only Killers And Thieves by Paul Howarth
Only Killers And Thieves is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Paul Howarth and is published in the UK this week by One, an imprint of Pushkin Press. It was published as a lead title by HarperCollins in the US in February. 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.
Deepa Anappara wins Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize
Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line by UEA writer Deepa Anappara has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, one week after winning the Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award for debut authors. Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is worth £1,500 and rewards an unpublished female author. Deepa (pictured) is a journalist and editor who graduated last year from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA and has since joined the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line was the winner of the 2017 Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel as well as the Deborah Rogers Award. Two other UEA alumnae were shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize: Poppy Sebag-Montefiore for Listeners, and Lauren Van Schaik for Joplin. Emily Ruth Ford (MA 2017) and Emma Rhind-Tutt (MA 2013) were longlisted. The 2015 Prize was won by UEA alumna Emily Midorikawa (MA 2005), while Kathryn Simmonds (MA 2002) was shortlisted in 2012 and Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (MA 2017) in 2016
Sally Craythorne and James Smart shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Two UEA writers have been shortlisted for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which is worth £5,000 to the winner and is judged by an international panel of writers, this year chaired by Sarah Hall. Sally Craythorne is nominated for ‘Goat’ and James Smart for ‘After the Fall’. Sally graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004 and published her first novel How You See Me in 2015. She lives on a smallholding in Norfolk with her family and is currently writing her second novel. James (pictured) is a current student on the MFA in Creative Writing. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Glimmertrain, Reflex Fiction, Spelk, Friction, Spilling Ink and elsewhere. He is currently working on a novel.
You by Phil Whitaker
You is the new novel by UEA alumnus Phil Whitaker and has recently been published by Salt. Phil graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1996 and published his first novel Eclipse of the Sun in 1997. This went on to win the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award. His second novel Triangulation was the winner of the 2000 Encore Award. The Face was published in 2004, Freak of Nature in 2007, and Sister Sebastian’s Library in 2016. He writes a fortnightly column on health matters for the New Statesman and divides his time between writing and working as a general practitioner.
Deepa Anappara wins Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award
Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line by UEA writer Deepa Anappara has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award for debut authors, which is worth £10,000 and honours the memory of the literary agent Deborah Rogers who died in 2016. Deepa (pictured) is a journalist and editor who graduated last year from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA and has since joined the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line was the winner of the 2017 Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel and has recently been shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. The inaugural Deborah Rogers Award was won in 2016 by UEA graduate Sharlene Teo, while fellow alumna Imogen Hermes Gowar was shortlisted.
Tom Watson wins Curtis Brown Award
Tom Watson has been named as the recipient of this year’s £1,500 Curtis Brown Award, which is awarded annually to the best student on the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA, as chosen by a panel of Curtis Brown agents. The prize was established by the agency in memory of their colleague Giles Gordon, and was presented to him this week by literary agent Karolina Sutton (pictured). Tom was born in London in 1982 and worked for a number of years trading commodities at a Japanese trading house before joining UEA. He was shortlisted for the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize and was runner-up for the 2012 Sean O Faolain Prize and is currently completing his first novel.
Faber & Faber to publish ‘film-poem’ by Owen Sheers
Faber & Faber has recently acquired To Provide All People, a 'film-poem' by UEA alumnus Owen Sheers, which it will publish in July to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service Act and the broadcast of the Vox Pictures/BBC Wales production of the same name.Owen (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 1998 and published his first collection of poetry, The Blue Book, in 2000. His first work of non-fiction, The Dust Diaries, was the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year in 2005, while his second collection of poetry, Skirrid Hill, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award. His most recent novel, I Saw A Man, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year andthe Prix Etranger in France. Earlier this year he was awarded the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award.
Richard Beard shortlisted for James Tait Black Prize
The Day That Went Missing, a memoir by UEA alumnus Richard Beard, has been shortlisted for this year’s James Tait Black (Biography) Prize, which is worth £10,000 to the winner. Richard graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1995 and has published six novels including Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones andDamascus, 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 most recent novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. Richard is also the author of three previous books of narrative non-fiction and was a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at UEA between 2014 and 2017. The Day That Went Missing was recently shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize.The winner of the James Tait Black Prize will be announced on 18 August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The Colour of the Sun by David Almond
The Colour of the Sun is the new novel for children by UEA alumnus David Almond and has just been published by Hodder Children’s Books. David graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973 and began a career as a teacher before publishing his first novel in his late forties. He has since published nearly twenty other books, including two novels for adults. His previous novel for children, A Song for Ella Grey, was published in 2014 and was the winner of the 2015 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and shortlisted for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize.
Deepa Anappara shortlisted for Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award
Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line by UEA writer Deepa Anappara has been shortlisted for the 2018 Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award for debut authors, which is worth £10,000 to the winner and honours the memory of the literary agent Deborah Rogers who died in 2016.Deepa (pictured) is a journalist and editor who graduated last year from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA and has since joined the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. Her short fiction has been nominated for several awards, while Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line was the winner of the 2017 Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel and has recently been shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. The winner of the Deborah Rogers Award will be announced on 16th May. It was won last year by UEA graduate Sharlene Teo, while fellow alumna Imogen Hermes Gowar was shortlisted.
Mitch Johnson shortlisted for Branford Boase Award
Kick by UEA alumnus Mitch Johnson has been shortlisted 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 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 winner will be announced on 4th July.
Whistle In The Dark by Emma Healey
Whistle In The Dark is the second novel by UEA alumna Emma Healey and is published by Viking this week. Emma graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and published her first novel Elizabeth Is Missing in 2014, winning the Costa First Novel Award, a Betty Trask Award, and Italy’s Premio Salerno Libro D’Europa prize. The novel was shortlisted for the Jarrold New Writing Award, the Independent Booksellers Week Awards, the Desmond Elliott Prize, The Times Breakthrough Award, and the Blackwell’s Book of the Year Award, and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The adaptation rights have recently been acquired by the BBC for a 90 minute drama to be broadcast in 2019.
The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson
The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story is a memoir by UEA alumna Christie Watson and is published by Chatto & Windus this week. Christie trained as a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital and worked in nursing for twenty years. She graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007, when she was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary. Her bestselling debut novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, was published in 2011 and won the Costa First Novel Award and the Waverton Good Read Award. Her second novel Where Women Are Kings was published by Quercus in 2013. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages.
Wrestliana by Toby Litt
Wrestliana is a new work of non-fiction by UEA alumnus Toby Litt and is published by Galley Beggar Press this week. Toby graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1995 and was included in the Granta list of Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He is the author of nine novels and three collections of short stories and a book of essays, Mutants, published by Seagull Books in 2016. His most recent collection of short fiction was Life-Like, published by Seagull in 2014. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.