Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of professions, as authors and journalists, and in theatre, television and film.

You might find them working in the arts, media, publishing and politics, charities and non-governmental organisations, teaching or the commercial sector.

Our drama courses have produced a great number of professional alumni in theatre, film and television, including Matt Smith, Olivia Vinall and BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Greg James.

Our graduates’ publishing success remains unrivalled. In 2017 one of our alumni, Kazuo Ishiguro, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and two other graduates – Ian McEwan and Anne Enright – have won the Booker Prize for Fiction (for which our alumni have been shortlisted on fifteen other occasions). Our graduates have won or been shortlisted for every major United Kingdom literary award.

You can learn more about our alumni’s writing achievements at UEA Writers and watch the video below to hear from Emma Healey, a graduate of our Master of Arts in Creative Writing Prose Fiction and author of two very successful novels, about her writing and how we inspired her…


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Alasdair Lindsay's Alumni Story

UEA Scriptwriting and Performance graduate Alasdair Lindsay writes about the value of his degree and his job as a digital PR manager.

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My UEA Story: Edward Parnell

Edwards talks about his book Ghostland and how he’s been influenced by the Norfolk landscape

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My UEA Story - Christie Watson

The critical-care nurse and author on the similarities between nursing and writing, her time at UEA, and health humanities.

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My UEA Story: Elizabeth MacNeal

The Doll Factory author on how the Creative Writing MA helped to shape her first novel.