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Adam Foulds shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize

‘In the Wolf’s Mouth’ by UEA alumnus Adam Foulds is one of seven novels shortlisted for this year’s Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, which is worth £30,000 to the winner. Adam (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2000 and published his first novel, ‘The Truth About These Strange Times’, in 2007, winning a Betty Trask Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.  His verse novella, ‘The Broken Word’ (2008) won the Costa Poetry Award, the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award, and his next novel, ‘The Quickening Maze’, was shortlisted for the inaugural Walter Scott Prize and the 2009 Man Booker Prize.  It was the winner of the Encore Award, the South Bank Show literature prize and the European Union Prize for Literature.  In 2013 he was included in Granta magazine’s list of the twenty best young British novelists under the age of forty and in 2014 he was named by the Poetry Book Society as being among the best 20 emerging poets from the UK and Ireland.  ‘In The Wolf’s Mouth’ was published by Vintage last year. The winner of the Walter Scott Prize will be announced at the Borders Book Festival on 13th June.


UEA Poetry Festival 2015

The Inaugural UEA Poetry Festival.


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Friday 17 April: 19.30 for a 20.00 start
Aroma Coffee & Wine Bar, 5 Upper King Street, Norwich NR3 1RB
Curated by the MA Poetry cohort, the evening will feature selected readings from a pamphlet published by the students to celebrate the event.
Entrance free.

Saturday 18 April: 13.00 -22.00
UEA Drama Studio
Readings from over 10 poets, hailing from Norwich to Oakland.
£10 / £5 concessions.

Reserve tickets here.
Find out more about the UEA POETICS PROJECT.


Margaret Mazzantini’s ‘Morning Sea’ translated by Ann Gagliardi


Morning Sea’ is the new novel by bestselling Irish-Italian author Margaret Mazzantini and is published in the UK this week by Oneworld Publications. The novel is translated by UEA Creative Writing alumna Ann Gagliardi, who also translated Mazzantini’s novel ‘Twice Born’, originally published in Italy as ‘Venuto al mondo’ and the winner of the 2009 Premio Campiello Award. It sold over one million copies and was later made into a film starring Penelope Cruz. Ann (pictured) was recently appointed Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations at the Central European University in Hungary, having previously worked at the Johns Hopkins University campus in Bologna, Italy. Originally from New England, she graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2005 and since also translated the Italian authors Rossana Campo, Ascanio Celestini and Christian Raimo.

‘The Shore’ by Sara Taylor



The Shore’ is the first novel by UEA student Sara Taylor and is published by William Heinemann this week, with a launch event at ‘UEA Live’ at the Forum in Norwich this evening.  Sara graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying for her PhD at UEA. She gained a BFA from Randolph College in the US before joining UEA, and was the winner of the 2012 Stonybrook Southampton Fiction Prize. ‘The Shore’ will also be published this spring by Hogarth in the USA, Bond Street in Canada, and Laffont in France.  It was recently included on the longlist for this year’s Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

UEA Drama outreach project visited by Sir John Hurt

UEA Drama students have been working on a new project with teenage patients at the Huntercombe Hospital, as part of a drama outreach initiative. The resulting production, ‘Finding Your Voice’, was viewed by actor Sir John Hurt. The Eastern Daily Press reports:

'The 20-30 minute original piece was created through a new partnership between the low-security hospital and University of East Anglia (UEA) drama course students, who are running a drama outreach project with teenagers at Huntercombe Hospital.

At the end of the performance the teenagers presented Sir John with a handmade book inscribed with personal messages.

Neil West, senior manager with the Huntercombe Hospital Group, said: “Many of the young people here have a traumatic past and so it’s important that positive engagement, respect and encouragement are fundamental aspects of the care we provide.

“Through the play the students have helped our patients to experience working together in co-operation as part of a team; to express themselves; to encourage one another and to grow not only in confidence but as more rounded people.”'

Visit the Eastern Daily Press website to view the full article.

Brecht into English: Reception, Re/editing, Re/translating

This seminar on the cultural transmission of the German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht features presentations from two UEA alumni, Prof. Steve Giles (University of Nottingham) and translator Romy Fursland.
It celebrates the launch of two recent theoretical volumes from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, Brecht on Theatre (3rd edn) and Brecht on Performance, published in late 2014 as part of the AHRC-funded research project “Brecht into English” (


Wednesday 18 March

3-6pm,* Arts 2.06

Brecht on Theatre: 3:00pm -4.15pm  & Brecht on Performance: 4.30pm -6:00pm


‘Acts of the Assassins’ by Richard Beard


‘Acts of the Assassins’ is the new novel by UEA alumnus Richard Beard and is published this week by Harvill Secker. Richard graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1995 and has since published five novels: ‘X20’ (1996), ‘Damascus’ (1998), ‘The Cartoonist’ (2000), ‘Dry Bones’ (2004), and ’Lazarus is Dead’ (2011). He is also the author of three works of non-fiction: ‘Muddied Oafs: The Last Days of Rugger’ (2003), ‘Manly Pursuits: Beating the Australians’ (2006) and ‘Becoming Drucilla: One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders’ (2008).  Last year he returned to UEA as a Teaching Fellow on the Creative Writing MA.  He is the Director of the National Academy of Writing, whose website can be found here.

Ali Smith at UEA

Novelist Ali Smith will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Wednesday, where she will be reading from her new book ‘How To Be Both’ and talking to UEA Lecturer in Creative Writing Philip Langeskov about her life and career. Born in Inverness in 1962, Ali Smith is the author of six novels, five collections of short fiction, and a collection of lectures, ‘Artful’, which was nominated for the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize. ‘How to be Both’ was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize (her third Booker shortlisting), the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Costa Book Award. The event begins at 7pm and will be held in the University’s main lecture theatre.  Tickets may be booked here.

D.W. Wilson longlisted for CBC Short Story Prize


UEA alumnus D.W. (Dave) Wilson has been nominated for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize for his short story ‘Mountain Under Sea’. Dave (pictured) 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. The winner of the CBC Short Story Prize will be announced on April 13th and will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, publication in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, and a ten-day writing residency at The Banff Centre.  The four runners-up will each receive $1,000.   

Emma Healey, Sandra Newman and Sara Taylor longlisted for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

Three alumnae of the UEA Creative Writing MA have been included on the longlist for this year’s Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Emma Healey graduated from the MA in 2011 is nominated for her debut novel ‘Elizabeth is Missing’, which was published by Viking last year and was the winner of the 2014 Costa First Novel Award. Sara Taylor (pictured) graduated from the MA in 2013 and is currently studying for her PhD at UEA.  She is nominated for her debut novel ‘The Shore’, which will be published William Heinemann later this month. Sandra Newman graduated from the MA in 2002 and was shortlisted for the 2002 Guardian First Book Award for her debut novel ‘The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done’.  Her second novel ‘Cake’ was published in 2007 and she has since published four books of non-fiction. She is nominated for ‘The Country of Ice Cream Star’, published by Chatto & Windus last year. The winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction will be announced on 3rd June.