‘Small Hands’ by Mona Arshi
Small Hands is the debut collection of poetry by UEA alumna Mona Arshi and has just been published by Liverpool University Press. Mona (pictured) trained as a lawyer and worked for the human rights organisation Liberty for several years before joining UEA. She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2013 and was subsequently one of 10 poets selected for The Complete Works, an Arts Council development programme. In 2012 she was the winner of the Magma Poetry Competition for her poem Hummingbird, and last year her poem Bad Day in the Office was placed second in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize. In 2014 Mona was also the joint winner of the £10,000 Manchester Writing Competition prize for poetry.
David Nicholls at UEA
The novelist David Nicholls will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Wednesday, where he will be reading from his new novel ‘Us’ and talking to UEA Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Henry Sutton about his life and career. ‘Us’ is David Nicholls’ fourth novel and was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. His previous novel, the international bestseller ‘One Day’, was turned into a major Hollywood movie starring Anne Hathaway. David Nicholls also works as a screenwriter and his adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ will be released this May. The event begins at 7pm and will be held in the University’s main lecture theatre. Tickets may be booked here.
Lucy Geering wins Word of Mouth Prize
UEA alumna Lucy Geering has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Word of Mouth Prize for an unpublished manuscript, sponsored by the literary agency Conville & Walsh. Selected from over 1,000 submissions, her novel ‘Palus’ will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and the offer of representation by the agency. Lucy (pictured) gained a first degree in English Literature at Warwick University and graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2005. A fine artist and illustrator as well as a writer, she has also worked as a project manager for a number of independent arts organisations and charities. Her website can be found here.
‘The Fugitives’ by Panos Karnezis
‘The Fugitives’ is the new novel by UEA alumnus Panos Karnezis and is published by Jonathan Cape today. Panos born in Greece in 1967 and moved to England in 1992. He graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2000, and published his first collection of short fiction, ‘Little Infamies’, in 2002. He has since published three novels, ‘The Maze’, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread First Novel award, ‘The Birthday Party’ (2007) and ‘The Convent’ (2010), which was longlisted for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award.
Juliana Spahr at UEA Poetry Festival
The American poet Juliana Spahr will be appearing at the inaugural UEA poetry festival this weekend. Recipient of 2009 Hardison Poetry Prize, which honours a U.S. poet whose art and teaching demonstrate ‘great imagination and daring’, Juliana (pictured) will be reading at the final event on the evening of 18th April with poet and critic Andrea Brady, who teaches at Queen Mary, University of London. Other readers include Francesca Lisette, Rebecca Perry, Sam Solomon, Samantha Walton, and UEA alumni Adam Warne, Angus Sinclair, Jo Surzyn, Kate Duckney and Laura Elliott. Further information about the UEA Poetry Festival can be found here.
DW Wilson wins CBC Short Story Prize
UEA alumnus DW (Dave) Wilson has been announced as the winner of the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize. He will receive $6,000 and a 10-day residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, and his winning story, Mountain Under Sea, will be published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Dave (pictured) was born in British Columbia and joined UEA as the inaugural recipient of the Booker Foundation bursary. He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010 and completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA last year. His first collection of short fiction, Once You Break A Knuckle, was published in 2011 and shortlisted for both the British Columbia Book Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. One of the stories, Dead Roads, was the winner of the 2011 BBC National Short Story Award. His first novel Ballistics was published in 2013 and shortlisted for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize. He currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Victoria in Canada.
Alan Johnson at UEA
Writer and politician Alan Johnson will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Wednesday, where he will be reading from his new book ‘Please, Mister Postman’ and talking to UEA Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Henry Sutton about his life and career. Alan Johnson has been a Labour Party MP since 1997. He served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010, having previously served as Health Secretary and Education Secretary. He was then Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. His first book, the childhood memoir ‘This Boy’, won the Ondaatje and Orwell Prizes. The event begins at 7pm and will be held in the University’s main lecture theatre. Tickets may be booked here.
‘Normal’ by Faith Ng
Normal is the new play by UEA alumna Faith Ng and will run at the Checkpoint Theatre in Singapore between 9th and 19th April. Faith (pictured) graduated with Distinction from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) in 2013 and now teaches playwriting at the National University of Singapore. Her two previous plays, wo(men) (2010) and For Better Or For Worse (2013), were both nominated for Best Original Script in the Life! Theatre Awards. She was the writer-in-residence for the Singapore Creative Writing Residency programme in 2014, and is an Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre.
Jonathan Gibbs and Emma Healey longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize
Two UEA alumni have been longlisted for this year’s £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize for the best debut novel of the year. ‘Randall’ by Jonathan Gibbs was published by Galley Beggar Press last year and is included on the longlist of ten with ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ by Emma Healey, which was published by Viking. Jonathan (pictured) was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1972, grew up in Essex and now lives in London. He graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009, when he was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Bursary, and completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2014, also at UEA. His story ‘The Story I’m Thinking of’ was shortlisted for the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize, while ‘The Faber Book of Adultery’, first published in Lighthouse, was anthologised in Salt’s ‘Best British Short Stories 2014’. He reviews regularly for The Independent and the TLS and teaches on the UEA undergraduate programme. Emma graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011, and subsequently worked for the UEA IT department while completing her novel. ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ is now an international bestseller and was also recently longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Week Awards. It was previously longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Jarrold New Writing Award, and was the winner of the 2014 Costa First Novel Award. The shortlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize will be announced on 15th May, and the winner on 1st July.
‘The Way The Hen Kicks’ by Lars Guthorm Kavli
‘The Way The Hen Kicks’ is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Lars Guthorm Kavli and has recently been published by YouCaxton Publications. Lars was born in Norway in 1977 and lived in Trondheim until moving abroad at the age of 19. He has worked as a media entrepreneur and consultant and graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011. He currently lives in Berlin. A trailer for ‘The Way The Hen Kicks’ can viewed on YouTube here.
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