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This Is Kandinsky by Annabel Howard

This Is Kandinsky, a graphic biography of the Russian-born artist, is the first book by UEA alumnus Annabel Howard and is published this week by Laurence King. Annabel (pictured) attended Christ Church College, Oxford before graduating from the MA in Lifewriting at UEA in 2010. She is currently working on a collection of interlinked essays about rituals and traditions in modern Italy while completing a Masters degree at the University of Victoria in Canada.  Her essays and creative non-fiction have been published in The White Review, The Spectator, Glass Magazine, Notes from the Underground and National Geographic Travel.

Emma Healey and Vendela Vida at UEA literary festival

UEA alumna Emma Healey and American novelist Vendela Vida will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Wednesday, when they will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby and give readings from their work. Emma graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and published her first novel Elizabeth is Missing last year. This went on to win the 2014 Costa First Novel Award, a Betty Trask Award, and Italy’s Premio Salerno Libro D'Europa prize. It 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. Vendela (pictured) is the award-winning author of five books, including Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers, and is a founding editor of The Believer magazine. She is also the co-editor of Always Apprentices, a collection of interviews with writers, and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. As a fellow at the Sundance Labs, she developed Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name into a script, which received the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award. Two of Vida’s novels have been New York Times Notable Books of the year, and she is the winner of the Kate Chopin Award. She lives in Northern California, and since 2002 has served on the board of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills

Rawblood by Catriona Ward


Rawblood is the debut novel by UEA alumna Catriona Ward and is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson this week. Catriona was born in Washington DC and grew up in America, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen and Morocco. She studied English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2011, having begun her novel while on the course. After living in New York for four years, where she trained as an actor, she now works as a writer and researcher for Bianca Jagger's human rights foundation and lives in London.

If Then by Matthew De Abaitua

If Then
is the new novel by UEA alumnus Matthew De Abaitua and was published earlier this month by Angry Robots Books. Matthew was born in Liverpool in 1971 and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1994, after which he lived and worked as Will Self’s amanuensis in a remote cottage in Suffolk. Self & I, his memoir of that time, will be published by Aardvark Bureau in May 2016. Matthew’s first novel, The Red Men, was published in 2007 by Snow Books and was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. His book about camping with his family, The Art of Camping, was published by Penguin in 2012. He has worked as Deputy Editor of The Idler and as Literary Editor of Esquire, has written and presented a nine-part documentary series for Channel 4 about British science fiction called SF:UK, and is currently a Creative Writing lecturer at Brunel University and the University of Essex. 

Jeremy Page shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award.

‘Do It Now, Jump the Table’ by UEA alumnus Jeremy Page has been shortlisted for the 2015 BBC National Short Story Award, which is worth £15,000 to the winner. The runner-up will receive £3,000, with the three further shortlisted authors winning £500 each.  Also shortlisted is Frances Leviston, who was a Teaching Fellow at UEA in 2014, leading the Poetry MA workshop. Jeremy (pictured) was nominated earlier this year for the International Impac Dublin literary award for his novel The Collector of Lost Things, which was published by Little Brown last year. He graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1994 and returned to UEA as a Writing Fellow in 2010 and as a tutor on the MA in 2011. He has worked as a script editor for the BBC, Channel 4 and Film Four, and is currently working on an original screenplay for Working Title TV. His first novel, Salt, was published by Penguin in 2007 and shortlisted for the Jelf First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His second novel, The Wake, won the Fiction prize in the 2009 East Anglian Book Awards and was shortlisted for the New Angle Prize for East Anglian Literature. The winner of the BBC Short Story Award will be announced on 6 October.

A Crooked Rib by Judy Corbalis


A Crooked Rib is the third novel by UEA alumna Judy Corbalis and has recently been published by Random House in New Zealand. Judy graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1990 and is the author of eight books for children. Her first novel for adults, Tapu, was published in 1996 and her second, Mortmain, in 2007. Originally from New Zealand and now living in London, Judy studied History and English Literature at Victoria University before joining the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She holds an Equity card and has worked in theatre and television.  In 2004 she became the inaugural Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.  

Rob Magnuson Smith wins Jolley Prize


UEA alumnus Rob Magnuson Smith was yesterday named at the Brisbane Writers Festival as the winner of the 2015 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. His story ‘The Elector of Nossnearly’ was selected from 1,200 entries for the prize, which is worth $5,000 to the winner. Rob (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009, when he was that year’s recipient of the David Higham Award. He subsequently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and now teaches English and Creative Writing at Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall. Rob’s first novel The Gravedigger won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award and was published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2010. His second novel Scorper was published by Granta earlier this year.


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.