‘The Dark Light’ by Julia Bell
The Dark Light is the new novel for young adults by UEA alumna Julia Bell and is published by Macmillan Children's Books this week. Julia graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1996 and was the co-editor with Paul Magrs of The Creative Writing Coursebook, published by Macmillan in 2001. Her two previous novels for young adults are Massive (2003) and Dirty Work (2007). She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and is the founder and director of the Writers' Hub website and the annual anthology The Mechanics' Institute Review.
'Top Of The House' by Andrew Towers
Top Of The House is the first novel by UEA alumnus Andrew Towers and is published this week by Corsair. Andrew grew up and lives in Hartlepool, where he currently works as a bingo caller. He studied English Literature at University College, London before graduating from UEA with an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007. His short story, ‘Jellyfish’, won the Guardian Short Story Award in 2010.
Steve Waters on Radio 3
Two plays by UEA Senior Lecturer in Scriptwriting, Steve Waters, are being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 this summer. Set in the 1730s, Scribblers is a new 90 minute play that focuses on the relationship between young playwright Henry Fielding and the First Minister Robert Walpole. It stars Niamh Cusack, David Troughton and Carl Prekopp, and will be broadcast on Sunday 5th July at 10pm. A repeat of Steve’s play Bretton Woods, starring Simon Callow and Henry Goodman, was broadcast last Sunday and is currently available on BBC iPlayer. In addition to his work for radio, Steve has written numerous works for the stage, including Little Platoons and The Contingency Plan (both at the Bush Theatre, London), Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Hampstead Theatre, London), and World Music (Sheffield Crucible/Donmar Warehouse), all of which are published by Nick Hern Books. His most recent stage play, Temple, directed by Howard Davies and starring Simon Russell Beale, has just concluded a run at the Donmar Warehouse, London.
‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’ by Natasha Pulley
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is the first novel by UEA alumna Natasha Pulley and is published by Bloomsbury this week. Natasha (pictured) studied English at Oxford University and graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012, after which she completed a nineteen-month Daiwa Fellowship in Tokyo, Japan. Natasha began writing The Watchmaker of Filigree Street while studying for her MA. Her second novel The Bedlam Stacks will be published next year.
Emma Healey wins Premio Salerno Libro D'Europa prize
UEA alumna Emma Healey has been awarded Italy’s Premio Salerno Libro D'Europa prize for her debut novel Elizabeth Is Missing. The prize was awarded at the Salerno Literature Festival last week, the day after Emma won a Betty Trask Prize at this year’s Society of Authors awards. Emma graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011, and published Elizabeth is Missing last year, before going on to win the 2014 Costa First Novel Award. The book has also been nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award, shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. It is published by Mondadori Arnoldo in Italy, and by 26 languages worldwide, and is currently being adapted as a three-part TV series by the BBC.
UEA Graduate wins prestigious Betty Trask Award
Elizabeth is Missing by UEA alumna Emma Healey has been awarded a Betty Trask Prize worth £5,000 at this year’s Society of Authors awards ceremony. The prize recognizes debut novels of outstanding literary merit by authors under the age of 35. Emma graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011, and published Elizabeth is Missing last year, before going on to win the 2014 Costa First Novel Award. Last month she was nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award, and has recently also been shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
Emma talks about her Top 5 summer reads on the Costa website.
K.J. Orr, Jonathan Gibbs and Julianne Pachico in Best British Short Stories 2015
Three UEA writers are included in the anthology Best British Short Stories 2015, edited by Nicholas Royle and published by Salt this week. K.J. (Katherine) Orr is included with 'The Lake Shore Limited', Jonathan Gibbs with ‘Festschrift’, and Julianne Pachico with two stories, ‘Lucky’ and ‘The Tourists’. Katherine (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2008 and subsequently completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Chichester. Her short fiction has been published by the Dublin Review, The White Review, the Sunday Times Magazine, Lighthouse and Comma Press, among others. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011, and in 2012 Daunt Books published a special edition of her story ‘The Inland Sea’. Daunt will be publishing her debut collection, Light Box, next year. Jonathan graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009 and completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2014.He has taught for the past three years on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme at UEA and in 2012 was awarded a Graduate Teacher Prize. He is a frequent book reviewer for the Independent, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and the TLS, and last year published his first novel, Randall, which was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Julianne graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA. Earlier this year her story ‘Lucky’ was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and in 2014 her story ‘The Tourists’ was published as a special edition by Daunt Books. Her work has previously been published in a number of journals including Lighthouse. Katherine Orr will be reading at the launch event for the Salt anthology at the London Short Story Festival on 18 June.
Iain Ross selected for Original British Dramatists 2015
UEA alumnus Iain Ross has been selected for Original British Dramatists 2015, a BBC Radio 4 showcase of five plays by writers new to radio. His play, A Thing Inside A Thing Inside A Thing, was broadcast on June 11th and is currently available on BBC iPlayer. Iain had his first play performed when he was 17, and went on to study English and Creative Writing at UEA. He was a finalist in the BBC Writer's Prize competition in 2013, and co-wrote and performed a stage show with Molly Naylor at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014. He is a musician in the bands Bearsuit and Mega Emotion.
Khine Soe Lung awarded Charles Pick South Asia Writing Fellowship
Khine Soe Lung has been selected as the 2015/16 Charles Pick South Asia Writing Fellow at UEA. The fellowship is worth £26,000 and lasts for six months. It is dedicated to the memory of the publisher and literary agent, Charles Pick, and is intended to support the work of a new and as yet unpublished writer of fictional or non-fictional prose. Previous recipients of the fellowship include Luke Williams, Brian Chikwava, Erin Soros, Will Boast and Megan Bradbury. Khine (pictured) is a Burmese citizen and graduated from the University of Computer Studies, Yangon, 2001. She worked in Myanmar for some years as a travel agent and then in Singapore for Nokia Service Centre and Apple Service Centre. She was one of the founders and editors of Existence Online Magazine, which won an 'Academy Award' given by Myanmar Media Association in 2009. Since 2010, she has published nine eBooks on different themes, and is currently writing a film script based on one of her stories. She lives in Hpa-An, Myanmar.
Violet Kupersmith awarded David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellowship
Violet Kupersmith has been selected as the 2015/16 David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellow at UEA. The fellowship is worth £26,000 and lasts for a year. It is named for its sponsor, Mr David Wong, a retired Hong Kong businessman who has also been a teacher, journalist and senior civil servant, and is a writer of fiction. It enables a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year a UEA. Previous recipients of the fellowship include Wendy Law-Yone, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Balli Jaswal, Nam Le, and most recently, Jack Wang. Violet (pictured) was born in Pennsylvania in 1989 and studied French and English literature at Mount Holyoke College, graduating summa cum laude in 2011. She spent a year teaching English in the Mekong Delta on a Fulbright Fellowship, and was the 2014 Gerald Freund Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Her first book, a collection of stories called The Frangipani Hotel, was published in 2014. She is currently working on her first novel and has spent the past several years living and researching in Saigon and Vietnam’s central highlands.
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