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Frieda by Annabel Abbs

Frieda is the second novel by UEA alumna Annabel Abbs and is published by Two Roads this week. Annabel graduated from UEA in 1987 with a BA in English Literature, after which she established a successful marketing consultancy. Her short stories have been nominated for various awards, while her debut novel won the 2015 Impress Prize and was longlisted for the 2015 Bath Novel Award and the 2015 Caledonia Novel Award. It was published by Impress Books in 2016. Annabel is the sponsor of a full scholarship for a student to undertake the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA.


Tiger by Rebecca Tamás

Tiger is a single long-form poem by UEA alumna Rebecca Tamás and has recently been published as a pamphlet by Bad Betty Shots. Rebecca (pictured) completed her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA in 2017, having previously gained a BA in English & Creative Writing from Warwick University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She currently teaches Creative Writing at York St John University. Her first pamphlet The Ophelia Letters was published by Salt in 2013, and her second Savage by Clinic Press in 2017. Her debut collection will be published in 2019 by Penned In The Margins.


Phantom by Leo Hunt

Phantom is the new dystopian fantasy novel for Young Adults by UEA alumnus Leo Hunt and has recently been published by Orchard Books. Leo graduated from UEA in 2014 with a BA in American Literature with Creative Writing. His first YA novel, Thirteen Days of Midnight, was published by Orchard in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Prize in 2016. He has since published two more novels in the series: Eight Rivers Of Shadow in 2016 and in 2017


War Is Over by David Almond

War Is Over is the new novel for children aged 9-11 by UEA alumnus David Almond and has just been published by Hodder Children’s Books. David 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 over twenty other books, including two novels for adults, and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award in 2015 for A Song For Ella Grey and the 1998 Carnegie Medal for . Earlier this year he published The Dam, a picture book for children aged 5 – 9, and The Tale Of Angelino Brown, another novel for children aged 9-11. 


Imogen Hermes Gowar shortlisted for Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award

UEA alumna Imogen Hermes Gowar has been shortlisted for the 2018 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, which is co-sponsored by the literary agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop in association with the University of Warwick. Imogen (pictured) is nominated for her debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, which was also shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, and chosen as the Literature nominee for the Breakthrough Award at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Imogen graduated from UEA with a BA in Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History in 2012 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2014, when she was the winner of the Curtis Brown Award. An early draft of her novel, which she began while completing her MA, was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition in 2015 and was shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award. The winner of this year’s Young Writer of the Year Award will be announced on 6 December. Three UEA graduates have previously won the award: Andrew Cowan in 1994, Naomi Alderman in 2007 and Adam Foulds in 2008. Adam Foulds was also shortlisted in 2009 along with fellow UEA alumnus Edward Hogan. Sara Taylor was shortlisted in 2015 and again in 2017, when Julianne Pachico was also shortlisted.


Rabbit by Sophie Robinson

Rabbit is the third collection of poetry by UEA lecturer in Creative Writing Sophie Robinson and is published by Boiler House Press this week. It was recently nominated as the Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice for Winter 2018. Sophie (pictured) holds an MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway, London, where she also completed her PhD in Poetic Practice in 2012.  Her first book, A, was published by Les Figues in 2009, and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award and a Golden Crown Literary Society Award. Her second collection, The Institute of Our Love in Disrepair, was published in 2012, and in 2013 The Independent named her as a ‘One to Watch’ young writer.  She has also published a chapbook, The Lotion, which was shortlisted for the British Library Michael Marks Award in 2010, and in 2011 she was the Poetry Artist in Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Recent work has appeared in n+1, The White Review, Poetry Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Ploughshares, BOMB Magazine, and Granta.


UEA graduates shortlisted for the East Anglian Book of the Year Awards

Books by four alumni of the UEA Creative Writing programme have been shortlisted for the 2018 East Anglian Book of the Year Awards. Phyllida Scrivens (pictured), who graduated from the Biography and Creative Non-Fiction MA in 2014, is nominated in the Biography and Memoir category for The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923-2017 (Pen & Sword). Mitch Johnson, who graduated from the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2014, is nominated in for The Mal Peet Children’s Award for Kick (Usborne). And 2014 Poetry MA graduate Adam Warne is nominated in the Poetry category for Suffolk Bang (Gatehouse Press) along with 1997 graduate Esther Morgan for(Bloodaxe). The winners in the six categories of the awards will be revealed on 23 November and the overall winner will receive £1,000.


Emily Ruth Ford wins V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize for a second time

UEA alumna Emily Ruth Ford has become the first person to win the Royal Society of Literature V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize for a second time. Emily (pictured) was the winner of the award in 2017 for her story The Hikers and has just been announced as the winner of the 2018 award for Please Be Good To Me. Emily graduated from Oxford with a degree in Literature in 2004 and from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2017. A former journalist at The Times and Agence France-Presse, Emily has previously worked in Shanghai, Hong Kong and New Delhi and current works as a literary translator and freelance journalist while completing her first novel. The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is worth £1,000, and her winning story is also published in Prospect Magazine and the RSL Review.


House of Glass by Susan Fletcher

House of Glass is the new novel by UEA alumna Susan Fletcher and is published by Virago this week. Susan was born in Birmingham in 1979 and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2002. Her first novel, Eve Green, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a Betty Trask Prize and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Her second novel, Oystercatchers, was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Corrag, published in 2010, was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award. In 2014 Chicken House published A Little in Love, her first novel for young adults, which went on to win the 2016 North East Children's Book Award, and in 2016 Virago published .


Lion City by Yi-Sheng Ng

Lion City is the debut collection of short stories by UEA alumnus Yi-Sheng Ng and is published by Singaporean publisher Epigram this week. Yi-Sheng was born in Singapore in 1980 and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2014, having previously majored in Comparative Literature and Writing at Columbia University, USA. In 1998 he won the National University of Singapore Poetry Competition and in 2006 he published his first collection of poetry, last boy, the winner of the Singapore Literature Prize. In 2006 he also edited a collection of gay, lesbian and bisexual coming-out stories, SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century. Among his other publications are a second poetry collection A Book of Hims (2017), a compilation of spoken-word pieces, Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience (2016), and a novelisation of the Singapore gangster movie, Eating Air (2008). He also co-edited GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose (2010) and Eastern Heathens: An Anthology of Subverted Asian Folklore (2013), and has written a number of stage plays.


Emily Ruth Ford shortlisted for V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

Please Be Good To Me by UEA alumna Emily Ruth Ford has been shortlisted for this year’s Royal Society of Literature V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. Emily (pictured) was the winner of the award in 2017. She graduated from Oxford with a degree in Literature in 2004 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2017. A former journalist at The Times and Agence France-Presse, Emily has previously worked in Shanghai, Hong Kong and New Delhi and current works as a literary translator and freelance journalist while completing her first novel. The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is worth £1,000, and the winning story is also published in Prospect Magazine and the RSL Review. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 30th October.


Megan Davis wins Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award. Polly Crosby placed second.

The Messenger by UEA alumna Megan Davis has won this year’s Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a first novel. The Illustrated Child by current student Polly Crosby was the runner-up. The award is co-sponsored by The Literary Consultancy and the AM Heath Literary Agency and was won by Megan’s classmate Deepa Anappara last year. Megan (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2017 and has worked as a lawyer in Melbourne, Sydney, London, and Paris in the areas of media law, finance, and white-collar crime. Polly is the current holder of the Annabel Abbs Scholarship to complete the MA in Creative Writing. All Along Of You by Philippa Malicka, a graduate of the 2018 MA in Creative Writing, was longlisted for the award. Other UEA successes in this year’s Bridport awards include Aifric Campbell (MA 2003; PhD 2007) whose story ‘Karolina’ was highly commended for the Short Story Prize; Sara Bayat (MA 2018; current PhD) and Lily Meyer (MA 2014) who were shortlisted for the Short Story Prize; David Canning (BA 1985) and Louise Tondeur (MA 2002) who were shortlisted for the Poetry Prize; and Tracy Maylath (MA 2008) who was shortlisted for the Flash Fiction Prize.


Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif

Red Birds is the third novel by UEA alumnus Mohammed Hanif and is published in the UK by Bloomsbury this week. Mohammed graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2005 and published his debut novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes in 2008. This was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the James Tait Black Prize, and was the winner of the Literature Prize at the 2009 Corine International Book Awards and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Europe and South Asia Best First Book category. His second novel Our Lady of Alice Bhatti was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Mohammed was a pilot officer in the Pakistan airforce before becoming a journalist and is a former head of the BBC’s Urdu service in London. He now lives in Karachi, and writes a monthly column for the New York Times.  


Deepa Anappara signs to Chatto & Windus

Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line, the debut novel-in-progress by UEA writer Deepa Anappara, has been sold for a ‘six figure sum’ to Chatto & Windus in association with Penguin Random House India at the Frankfurt Book Fair. US rights were sold to Random House and German rights to Rowolht. Other foreign-language deals include Companhia das Letras (Brazil) and Destino/Planeta (Spain). Deepa (pictured) is a journalist and editor who graduated last year from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) and has since joined the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. was the winner of the 2017 Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel, the 2018 Deborah Rogers Award and the 2018 Lucy Cavendish Prize.


Rafina by Shandana Minhas

Rafina is a new novella by current UEA student Shandana Minhas and has recently been published by Pan Macmillan India. Shandana’s debut novel Tunnel Vision was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and translated into Italian. Her second novel Survival Tips for Lunatics was published in 2014 and won the Karachi Literature Festival Fiction Prize. Daddy’s Boy, her third novel, was published in 2016. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Iowa International Writing program and the co-founder of Mongrel Books in Pakistan in 2016.


The Chilli Bean Paste Clan by Yan Ge

The Chilli Bean Paste Clan is the new novel by current UEA student Yan Ge and has recently been published in the UK by Balestier Press. It was translated from the Chinese  by Nicky Harman and was the recipient of the 2018 English PEN Translates Award. French and German translations will be published later this year. Yan is the author of one other work translated into English, the novella White Horse (2014), and has published thirteen titles in China. Born in Sichuan, Yan published her first novel at the age of 20. She completed a PhD in Comparative Literature at Sichuan University, and served as the Chair of the China Young Writers Association. She is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA.


Shubhangi Swarup shortlisted for JCB Prize for Literature

Latitudes of Longing, the debut novel by Shubhangi Swarup, has been shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature, a new prize celebrating distinguished fiction by Indian writers. Shubhangi was the 2012 recipient of UEA’s Charles Pick South Asian Fellowship. She holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in Literature from St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai. She lives in Mumbai, where she works as a journalist. The winner of the JCB Prize, which is worth £25,000, will be announced on 24th October.


Waymaking, co-edited by Claire Carter

Waymaking is a new anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape. It is published by Vertibrate Publishing and has been co-edited by UEA alumna Claire Carter along with Helen Mort, Heather Dawe and Camilla Barnard. Claire graduated from the UEA English Literature with Creative Writing BA in 2007 and from the Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2010. In addition to writing, she works as a consultant for bodies such as the National Trust and British Mountaineering Council and runs independent mountain arts and literary events. She is the Artistic Director of the Kendal Mountain Festival and was co-director of the 2015 film Operation Moffat, the recipient of 21 international film awards.


The Unexpected Genius of Pigs by Matt Whyman

The Unexpected Genius of Pigs is the new book by UEA alumnus Matt Whyman and is published this week by Harper Collins. Matt graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1992 and published , his first novel for adults, in 2000. He has since published books for all ages across a range of subjects in fiction, advice and memoir, some of the titles under the pseudonyms Lazlo Strangolov and Jack Carson.


What Are You After? by Josephine Corcoran

What Are You After? is the first full length collection of poetry by UEA graduate Josephine Corcoran and has recently been published by Nine Arches Press. Josephine graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1997 and is the founder And Other Poems. Her stories have been broadcast on BBC R4 and she has had a stage play produced in London. Her poetry pamphlet was published in the UK by tall-lighthouse in 2014.