David Almond wins Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize
A Song for Ella Grey by UEA alumnus David Almond has been announced as the winner of this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. A retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in north-east England, the novel was published by Hodder in 2014 and was earlier this year shortlisted for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize. David (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973 and began a career as a teacher before publishing his first novel in his late forties. He has since published nearly twenty other books, including two novels for adults. He was previously shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2011 for My Name is Mina, the prequel to his bestselling first novel for children, Skellig, which was published in 1998 and won that year’s Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread children’s prize.
Anne Enright and Tasha Kavanagh shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards
Novels by UEA alumnae Anne Enright and Tasha Kavanagh have been shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Book Awards. Anne Enright is nominated for the Costa Novel Award for The Green Road, published Jonathan Cape, while Tasha Kavanagh is nominated for the Costa First Novel Award for Things We Have in Common, published by Canongate. Tasha (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1992 and has worked in film editing for ten years. 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. Anne 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, while The Green Road was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The five category winners of the Costa Book Awards will be announced on 4th January 2016 and will each receive £5,000. The overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and will be announced on 26th January 2016.
David Mitchell at UEA
The novelist David Mitchell will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Wednesday evening, when he will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby about his career and his new novel Slade House. Mitchell (pictured) is the author of the novels Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks. He has won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes, and been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists
After Hours by Molly Naylor and John Osborne
After Hours is a new six-part comedy drama co-written by UEA graduates Molly Naylor and John Osborne. Based around an internet radio station, and starring Jaime Winstone and Ardal O’Hanlon, it is broadcast on Sky1 on Mondays at 9.30pm. Molly (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) in 2008 and her first solo show, Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 before touring internationally. Besides her work for theatre, she has published a poetry collection, You Clown (2012) and is currently collaborating with artist Liz Greenfield on a graphic novel adaptation of her 2014 storytelling show If Destroyed Still True. John graduated with a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2000 and has since published a number of books, including Radio Head: Up and Down the Dial of British Radio (2009), The Newsagent's Window (2010), and Most People Aren’t That Happy, Anyway (2013). Earlier this year both Molly and John were selected for the Creative England ‘iWrite’ Partnership scheme, which is designed to support emerging writers develop the skills and knowledge required to write for the cinema.
Sara Taylor shortlisted for Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award
The Shore, the debut novel by UEA Creative Writing alumna Sara Taylor, has been shortlisted for this year’s Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Sara (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA. The Shore was published by William Heinemann in March this year and has been longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Guardian First Book Award, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award. The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award is 25 years old and is worth £5,000 to the winner. Recently re-launched, it was previously won by UEA alumni Andrew Cowan (MA 1985), Adam Foulds (MA 2000) and Naomi Alderman (MA 2003). The winner of this year’s award will be announced on Thursday 10th December.
Ian McEwan, Neel Mukherjee and Emma Healey longlisted for IMPAC Award
Novels by three UEA alumni have been longlisted for this year's €100,000 (£71,300) International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Ian McEwan (pictured), who graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1971, is nominated for The Children Act, which was published by Jonathan Cape in 2014. Neel Mukherjee, a graduate of the 2001 Creative Writing MA, is nominated for The Lives Of Others, published by 2014 by Chatto & Windus and shortlisted for both the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the 2014 Costa Novel Award. It was the winner of the 2015 Encore Award. Emma Healey, who graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 2011, is longlisted for Elizabeth Is Missing, published by Penguin in 2014 and the winner of the 2014 Costa First Novel Award, a Betty Trask Prize in 2015, and Italy’s Premio Salerno Libro D'Europa prize, as well as being shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the Desmond Elliott Prize. The winner of the Impac award will be announced on 9th June 2016.
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#PleaseRetweet by Emily Benet
#PleaseRetweet is the new novel by UEA alumna Emily Benet and is published this week by HarperImpulse. Emily (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English Literature in 2002. Her debut book, Shop Girl Diaries, began as a blog about working in her mother’s chandelier shop and won the CompletelyNovel Author Blog Awards in 2010. Her second book, The Temp, began as a serialised novel on Wattpad and accumulated two million hits under its original title Spray Painted Bananas before begin published in paperback by HarperCollins. Emily has contributed articles on social media to guidebooks and magazines including Publishing Talk, Blogging for Writers, Writers and Artists and Mslexia. She also runs social media workshops and in 2013 she published a guidebook Blogging for Beginners (2013).
David Almond shortlisted for Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize
A Song For Ella Grey by UEA alumnus David Almond has been shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Published in 2014 by Hodder, A Song For Ella Grey was earlier this year shortlisted for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize. David (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973 and has since published nearly twenty other books, including two novels for adults. He was previously shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2011 for My Name is Mina, the prequel to his bestselling first novel for children, Skellig, which was published in 1998 and won that year’s Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread children’s prize. The winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize will be announced on Thursday 19th November.
Julianne Pachico in The New Yorker
Honey Bunny, a short story by UEA writer Julianne Pachico, is featured in this week’s edition of The New Yorker, alongside an interview with the author. The story is one of a collection of linked short stories, The Lucky Ones, that has recently been acquired for publication in 2017 by Faber & Faber in the UK and Spigel & Grau, a Random House imprint, in the U.S. Julianne (pictured) grew up in Columbia, and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2013. She is currently studying for her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing under the supervision of Trezza Azzopardi and Amit Chaudhuri. In 2014 her story The Tourists was published as a special edition by Daunt Books and in 2015 her story Lucky was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Both Lucky and The Tourists were included in the anthology Best British Short Stories 2015, edited by Nicholas Royle and published by Salt. Her work has previously been published in a number of journals including Lighthouse.
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