Julianne Pachico and Richard Lambert shortlisted for East Anglian Book Awards
Two UEA Creative Writing alumni have been shortlisted for the 2017 East Anglian Book Awards, which are organised by the Eastern Daily Press, Jarrolds, and Writers’ Centre Norwich. Julianne Pachico is nominated in the Fiction category for her debut collection of stories The Lucky Ones, published by Faber & Faber earlier this year, while Richard Lambert is nominated in the Poetry category for his second collection The Nameless Places, published by Arc last month. Richard (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010 and published his debut collection of poetry, Night Journey, in 2012. He is currently on Escalator, a talent development scheme for writers in the east of England, and received an Arts Council award to complete The Nameless Places. Julianne graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and completed a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA earlier this year. The Lucky Ones is currently also on the shortlist for the 2017 The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Another UEA alumna, Hayley Long, who graduated with an MA in American Studies in 2016, is shortlisted in the Children’s category of the East Anglian Book Awards for her latest novel for teenagers, The Nearest Far Away Place. The category winners and overall East Anglian Book Awards winner will be announced on 24th November.
Emily Ford wins V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize
‘The Hikers’ by UEA alumna Emily Ford has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Royal Society of Literature V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. Emily (pictured) graduated from Oxford with a degree in Literature in 2004 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) earlier this year. 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. In addition Emily’s story will be published in Prospect magazine and the RSL Review.
Tinderbox by Megan Dunn
Tinderbox is the first book by UEA alumna Megan Dunn and is published by Galley Beggar Press this week. Megan graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2006 and subsequently won an Escalator award from the New Writing Partnership (now Writers' Centre Norwich). Her short story 'The Mermaid and the Music Box' was included in Roads Ahead, an anthology of new writers published by Tindal St Press. She lives in New Zealand, where she is well known as a visual arts reviewer.
Meadhbh Ní Eadhra wins National Oireachtas literary competition
UEA alumna Meadhbh Ní Eadhra has won first prize in the National Oireachtas literary competition for her unpublished novel Dath. The prize is worth €2,000, and Dath will be published by Leabhair Comhar in 2018. Meadhbh (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013. She is the author of three other award-winning Irish language books for young people, Rua, Fáinne Fí Fífí, and Faye, which was the winner of an Oireachtas Irish language literary award in 2016 and was published by Leabhair Comhar earlier this year. Meadhbh was the winner of the 2013 Moth Short Story Prize and last year her short story ‘Friday’ was shortlisted for the Over The Edge New Writer of The Year award. She recently began a PhD in Creative Writing at the National University of Ireland Galway
Anjali Joseph shortlisted for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
The Living by UEA alumna Anjali Joseph has been shortlisted for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, which is worth $25,000 to the winner. Anjali (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2008 and from the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing in 2014. Earlier this year she was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her story ‘Everlasting Lucifer’. Her first novel Saraswati Park was published in 2010 and won a Betty Trask Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was joint winner of India’s Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction, as well as being shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, the Ondaatje Prize, and the Hindu Literary Prize. Another Country, her second novel, was published in 2012 and was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. The Living, her third novel, was published by 4th Estate last year. The winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature will be announced at the Dhaka Literary Festival in Bangladesh on 18th November.
Julianne Pachico and Sara Taylor shortlisted for Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award
Two UEA writers have been included on the shortlist of five in contention for this year’s The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Julianne Pachico is nominated for The Lucky Ones, her debut collection of stories, which was published by Faber & Faber earlier this year. Sara Taylor is nominated for her second novel The Lauras, which was published by Heinemann last year. Both Julianne (pictured) and Sara graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013, and both completed a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA earlier this year. Julianne grew up in Cali in Columbia and was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2015. Her work has been published in a number of journals including Lighthouse and The New Yorker. Sara’s debut novel The Shore was shortlisted for The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award in 2015 and 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 Lauras was shortlisted earlier this year for the RSL Encore Award. The winner of The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award 2017, which is worth £5,000, will be announced on 7 December.
Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson
Demi-Gods is the first novel by UEA alumna Eliza Robertson and is published by Bloomsbury this week. Eliza joined the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2011 as that year’s recipient of the UEA-Booker Foundation scholarship. She graduated in 2012 as the recipient of the Curtis Brown Award completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA earlier this year. Her debut collection of short fiction, Wallflowers, was published in the UK by Bloomsbury in 2015. In Canada she has won three national awards for her short stories and has twice been longlisted for the Journey Prize. In 2013 she was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In both 2015 and 2016 she was shortlisted for a Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award.
Grace Brown and Emily Ford shortlisted for V.S. Pritchett Prize
Two UEA writers have been included on the shortlist of four in contention for The Royal Society of Literature V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. Emily Ford (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) this year and is nominated for ‘The Hikers’. Grace Brown is a current student on the MFA in Creative Writing and is shortlisted for ‘Hens’. The prize is worth £1,000 is awarded to the best unpublished short story of the year. The winning entry is also published in Prospect magazine online and in RSL Review. The winner will be announced at the British Library on 8th November.
Three new Creative Writing titles from Louise Tondeur
UEA alumna Louise Tondeur has recently published a series of short writing guides on Kindle: How To Think Like A Writer, Find Time To Write, and How To Write A Novel And Get It Published. She has also published Drama Lesson Plans For Busy Teachers. Louise graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2002 and published her first novel The Water’s Edge in 2003. This was followed by The Haven Home For Delinquent Girls in 2004. For several years she was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton and now writes full-time. Her tips on writing can be found on her Small Steps website: www.smallstepsguide.co.uk.
Deepa Anappara wins Bridport First Novel Prize
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by UEA writer Deepa Anappara has been announced as the winner of the Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel. Deepa (pictured) is a journalist and editor who graduated this year from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) and has just begun her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. Her short fiction has won the second prize in the Bristol Short Story Prize, the third prize in the Asham awards, the Asian Writer Short Story prize, and the Dastaan award. The Embalming by Jo Browning Wroe was shortlisted for the award. Jo graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 2003 and is the author of numerous educational titles. She is Creative Writing Supervisor at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and helps with the Cambridge Literary Festival.
Writers in Conversation with Christopher Bigsby
Writers in Conversation Volume Six is the latest compilation of Christopher Bigsby’s interviews with writers at the UEA International Literary Festival, which has been running since 1991. It is published by the UEA Publishing Project under the Boilerhouse Press imprint, in association with the Arthur Miller Institute for American Studies, and features interviews with Naomi Alderman, David Almond, Tash Aw, Vince Cable, Tracy Chevalier, Bernard Cornwell, Andrew Cowan, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Drabble, Stephen Fry, David Hare, Emma Healey, Charlie Higson, Eimear McBride, Ian McEwan, David Mitchell, Lawrence Norfolk, Paul Nurse, Jane Smiley, Rose Tremain, David Vann and Vendela Vida. Copies may be purchased directly from the Boilerhouse Press website: www.boilerhouse.press
Into The Mountain by Charlotte Peacock
is the first book by UEA alumna Charlotte Peacock and is published by Galileo Publishers this week. This will be the first biography of the Scottish author. A freelance photographer and poet whose work has been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize, Charlotte graduated from the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction at UEA in 2014. She has been commissioned to edit a book of Shepherd’s unpublished work for publication in 2018.
The Nameless Places by Richard Lambert
The Nameless Places is the second collection of poetry by UEA alumnus Richard Lambert and is published by Arc this week. Richard graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010 and published his debut collection of poetry, Night Journey, in 2012. He is currently on Escalator, a talent development scheme for writers in the east of England, and received an Arts Council award to complete The Nameless Places. His novel The Wolf Road was longlisted for the 2017 Caledonia Novel Award, and his short story ‘was shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
Naomi Alderman shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards
The Power by UEA alumna Naomi Alderman has been shortlisted in the Popular Fiction category of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, which are sponsored by National Book Tokens, curated by bookshops and voted for by readers. Naomi (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003. Her first novel Disobedience (2006) won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers. Her second novel The Lessons (2010) was serialised for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime. Her third novel was published in 2012, when she was selected by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative to be mentored by Margaret Atwood. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, and in 2016 she published The Power, which was longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize and won the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The winners of the Books Are My Bag Awards will be announced on 21st November.
Kazuo Ishiguro announced as winner of Nobel Prize for Literature
UEA alumnus Kazuo Ishiguro has been named as the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Prize, which is worth 9m Swedish krona (£832,000), is awarded by the Swedish Academy to an author who ‘shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction’. He becomes the 114th winner, following writers including Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Toni Morrison and Pablo Neruda. Kazuo graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1980 and is the author of seven novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982), which won the Winifred Holtby Prize; An Artist of the Floating World (1986), which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Remains of the Day (1989), which won the Booker Prize; The Unconsoled (1995), which won the Cheltenham Prize; When We Were Orphans (2000), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Never Let Me Go (2005), which was shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize; and The Buried Giant, published by Faber and Faber in 2015. He has also published a book of short stories, Nocturnes (2009). In 1995 he received an OBE for Services to Literature, and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Sugar Money by Jane Harris
Sugar Money is the new novel by UEA alumna Jane Harris and is published by Faber & Faber this week. Jane graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1992, and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 1995. Between 1992 and 1994 she was the Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at HMP Durham, and for several years she taught on UEA’s undergraduate Creative Writing programme. Her first novel The Observations was published in 2006 and was nominated for numerous prizes, including the Waterstone’s Newcomer of the Year Best Novel award, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the Glen Dimplex Award, the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award, the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year Award, and the South Bank Show / Times Breakthrough Award. Her second novel Gillespie & I was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Lishan Chan selected for Jalan Kubor Writing Residency Programme
Recent UEA graduate Lishan Chan has been selected for the Jalan Kubor Writing Residency Programme at Sing Lit Station in Singapore. Lishan (pictured) has just completed the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction at UEA and will be working on The Permit, a comedy/thriller screenplay-in-progress, over the course of her residency, which runs until Mar 2018. Lishan’s memoir A Philosopher's Madness was published by Ethos Books in 2012 and nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize.
Worlds from the Word's End by Joanna Walsh
Worlds from the Word's End is the new collection of short fiction by UEA research student Joanna Walsh and has recently been published by And Other Stories. Joanna (pictured) is completing a CHASE-funded PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, exploring the possibilities of digital narrative. She is a contributing editor at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult.co, and has previously published her work in Granta, The Dalkey Archive, gorse journal, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review and Best British Short Stories. Her first book Fractals was published in 2013 and has been followed by Grow a Pair (2015), Vertigo (2015), Hotel (2015) and Seed (2017). She was a judge on the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize, and won the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Non-Fiction category.
The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven are twin novellas by UEA graduate JY Yang and will published simultaneously this week by the science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor. JY (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) last year. A journalist and former scientist from Singapore, JY’s short fiction has been published in Lightspeead, Uncanny, Clarkesworld and Strange Horizons. The novellas are the first in a projected series, the Tensorate Series, also to be published by Tor.
Kick is the debut novel for children by UEA alumnus Mitch Johnson and is published this week by Usborne with endorsement from Amnesty International UK. Mitch graduated from the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2014 and currently works as a bookseller in Waterstones, Norwich, where he lives with his wife