Our 2016/17 UEA Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship recipient, Alake Pilgrim, is a promising graduate of the UEA’s prestigious MA Creative Writing (Prose) programme. Her writing explores notions of place and cultural identity, and interactions between groups and cultures shape her lyrical prose. Her short stories have already been published in the US for organisations such as The Center for Fiction in New York, as well as in The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing - Northwestern University Press, and The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories, edited by Prof. Martin Munro of Florida State University, and published by UWI Press.
After completing her undergraduate studies at Bates College and a graduate degree at New York University, Alake started a programme at Louisiana State University. It was at the point that her young son was diagnosed with severe liver disease. When he made a remarkable full recovery, Alake applied to study at UEA, and was enabled to do so by the support of the Booker Prize Foundation. Her time at UEA enabled Alake to commence her first novel, set during the 1990 coup in Trinidad.
Please watch the video below to listen to Alake talk about her remarkable personal journey and her time at UEA.