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Anne Enright longlisted for Man Booker Prize

Anne EnrightThe Green Road by UEA alumna Anne Enright, which was published by Jonathan Cape in May, is among the 13 titles included on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Anne (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1987. Her first book, a collection of short stories called The Portable Virgin, was published in 1991 and was the winner of the Rooney Prize. Among her novels are The Gathering (2007), which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize and the Irish Novel of the Year Award, and The Forgotten Waltz (2011), winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Earlier this year she was appointed as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, which is worth £50,000 to the winner, will be announced on Tuesday 15th September and the winner on Tuesday 13th October.


‘The Mark and the Void’ by Paul Murray


 

The Mark and the Void is the new novel by UEA alumnus Paul Murray and is published by Hamish Hamilton this week. Paul (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001, and published his first novel An Evening of Long Goodbyes in 2003.  This was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. His second novel Skippy Dies was published in 2009 and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Costa Novel Award, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing, and (in the United States) the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was also longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.


‘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 HouseTop 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

ScribblersTwo 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.