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Terms by Ben Lyle


Terms is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Ben Lyle and is published by Hookline Books today.  Ben has worked in the film industry for the last fifteen years, while also completing the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA, from which he graduated in 2010 before going on to complete a PhD in Film and Television, also at UEA.  Terms was developed from a short story, ‘Crannock House’, that was written during Ben’s MA and later published in the Fiction Desk anthology Various Authors, for which it won the 'best in collection' prize. Ben lives in South London with his partner and their twins.  Hookline Books takes submissions only from students and graduates of MA writing courses, who put their work before book groups and other readers for selection, and Terms can be purchased directly from the publisher as well as all other standard outlets. 

‘Beneath the Earth’ by John Boyne


Beneath the Earth is the first collection of short stories by UEA alumnus John Boyne and is published by Doubleday today.  The collection includes ‘Rest Day’, which won the 2015 Short Story of the Year award. John graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1995, and was that year’s recipient of the Curtis Brown prize.  He subsequently returned to UEA as a Creative Writing Fellow in 2004, and again in 2014 to teach on the Creative Writing MA.  He is now the sponsor of a bursary for young Irish writer to join the programme. John’s novels have been translated into 47 languages internationally.  The first of them, The Thief of Time, was published in 2000, since when he has published nine other novels for adults, most recently A History of Loneliness, and four novels for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which was published successfully all over the world and was made into a feature film by Miramax.  His new novel for children, The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain, will be published later this year.


HBO acquires rights to All Involved by Ryan Gattis


The American television company HBO has acquired the TV rights to All Involved, the latest novel by UEA alumnus Ryan Gattis. Subtitled A Novel Of The 1992 LA Riots, All Involved was published in the UK earlier this year by Picador. Ryan (pictured) was born in Illinois, USA, and raised in Colorado.  He graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2002 and published his first novel Roo Kickkick and the Big Bad Blimp in 2004. This was followed by Kung Fu High School in 2005 and two novellas, The Big Drop: Homecoming in 2012 and The Big Drop: Impermanence in 2013. He was a founding member of the publishing collective Black Hill Press, and taught English and Creative Writing for ten years at Chapman University. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

The Crossing by Andrew Miller

The Crossing is the new novel by UEA alumnus Andrew Miller and is published by Sceptre this week. Andrew (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1990, and published his first novel Ingenious Pain in 1997.  This went on to win the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Italy’s Grinzane Cavour Prize.  He has since written five novels: Casanova (1998), Oxygen (2001), which was shortlisted for the Whitebread Novel of the Year Award and the Booker Prize, The Optimists (2005), One Morning Like A Bird (2008), and Pure, which was published in 2011 and was the winner of 2012 Costa Book Award as well as being shortlisted for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Tasha Kavanagh shortlisted for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize


Things We Have in Common, the debut novel by UEA alumna Tasha Kavanagh, has been included on the shortlist of six titles in contention for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize.  All the nominated novels, as well as the eventual winner, are selected by readers of the newspaper.  Tasha (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1992 and has worked in film editing for ten years on productions such as ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ and ‘Seven Years in Tibet’. She has also published nine picture books for children under her maiden name, Tasha Pym, including most recently ‘Have You Ever Seen A Sneep?’, illustrated by Joel Stewart.  Things We Have in Common was published by Canongate earlier this year.

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris


We Don’t Know What We’re Doing is the debut collection of short stories by UEA alumnus Thomas Morris and is published by Faber and Faber this week.  Thomas graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013 and wrote most of the stories in the collection while completing his MA. In 2013 he was also shortlisted for the international Willesden Herald short story competition. He has previously published short fiction in The Irish Times, The Moth, and ETO, and in 2012 received an Emerging Artist Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. Currently the editor of the Irish literary journal The Stinging Fly, in 2014 he edited ‘Dubliners 100’, a centenary collection of new short stories by Irish writers based on James Joyce’s Dubliners.  Thomas’s debut novel will also be published by Faber and Faber.

How You See Me by S.E. Craythorne


How You See Me is the debut novel by UEA alumnus S.E. (Sally) Craythorne and is published by Myriad this week.  Sally (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004.  Her poetry and prose have previously been published by Gatehouse Press, Poetry Unbound and ink sweat and tears. An extract from How You See Me was shortlisted for the 2013 Writer’s Retreat Competition and was longlisted the same year for Mslexia‘s Women’s Novel Competition. In 2014, she was awarded Arts Council funding to write her second novel.  Sally has worked as a bookseller, journalist, artist’s model, English teacher and librarian, and currently lives and works in Norwich.

Five UEA alumni nominated for Edinburgh First Book Award

Books by five alumni of the UEA Creative Writing programme have been longlisted for the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award.  The winner will be chosen by public vote and announced in the autumn.  The selected writers are Tim Clare (pictured), who graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004 and is nominated for The Honours, published by Canongate; Thomas Morris, who graduated from the MA in 2013 and is nominated for We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, published by Faber & Faber this week; Eliza Robertson, a current PhD student at UEA who graduated from the MA in 2012 and is longlisted for Wallflowers (Bloomsbury); Sara Taylor, also a current PhD student, who graduated from the MA in 2013 and is nominated for The Shore (William Heinemann); Emma Hooper, who graduated with a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA in 2010 and is nominated for Etta and Otto and Russel and James, published by Fig Tree.

Tom Moran named as BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Writing Forum winner

UEA alumnus Tom Moran is one of three winners of this year’s BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Writing Forum for his sitcom, Printheads. The prize culminates in a showcase at the New York Television Festival, where professional actors will perform his script live.  Tom (pictured) graduated from UEA in 2009 with a BA in Scriptwriting and Performance and has since established himself as a stand-up and scriptwriter.  His novel Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers won a Guardian and Legend Press prize for self-published fiction in 2012, and he performed a twenty-one night show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. 

Gavin McCrea, Katherine Norbury and Sara Taylor longlisted for Guardian First Book Award

Books by three recent UEA graduates have been included on the longlist of ten titles in contention for this year’s Guardian First Book Award.  Gavin McCrea is selected for ‘Mrs Engels’, his debut novel published by Scribe in April. Gavin graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009 and gained his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, also from UEA, in 2013. Katherine Norbury is longlisted for her memoir ‘The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream’, published by Bloomsbury in February. Katharine (pictured) graduated as a part-time student from MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, London. Sara Taylor is nominated for her debut novel ‘The Shore’, published by William Heinemann in March and previously longlisted for the 2015 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.  Sara graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying for her PhD at UEA.