Paul Howarth and Imogen Hermes Gowar selected as writers to watch
Two recent UEA graduates have been selected as ‘new writers to watch’ by the Observer and Independent. Paul Howarth and Imogen Hermes Gowar are both featured in the Independent, while Imogen is also selected by the Observer. Paul (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2015, having been awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship. His debut novel Only Killers And Thieves will be published by Pushkin Press in the UK in June and will be the ‘Lead Read’ when published by HarperCollins in the US. Foreign rights have also been sold. 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 first novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition in 2015 and was shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award. After a 10-publisher auction, Vintage secured the rights to the novel for a six figure sum last year. It will be published in the UK later this month
John Steciuk longlisted for Galley Beggar Short Story Prize
‘The Land of Nod’ by recent UEA graduate John Steciuk has been longlisted for this year’s The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. John was born in Manchester in 1989 and graduated from UEA with a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2012 and with an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2017. Between his BA and MA he spent the four years teaching English in South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam, and is currently working in South Korea while completing his first book, a collection of linked short stories that includes ‘The Land of Nod’. The winner of the Galley Beggar Prize, which will be announced on 16th February, will choose between a cash prize of £1000 or twelve months of editorial support. Each of the three shortlisted authors, who will be announced on 26th January, will receive a cash prize of £150.
Rainsongs by Sue Hubbard
Rainsongs is the new novel by UEA alumna Sue Hubbard and is published by Duckworth Overlook this month. Sue graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1995. She is a freelance art critic, lecturer, broadcaster and writer, and has twice won the London Writers' competition for her poetry. Her books of poetry include Everything Begins With The Skin (1994), Ghost Station (2004), The Idea Of Islands (2010) and The Forgetting And Remembering Of Air (2014). Her first novel Depth of Field was published in 2000, which was followed by Girl In White in 2013, and in 2008 she published her first collection of short stories, Rothko’s Red. A selection of her art writings, Adventures in Art, was published by Other Criteria in 2010.
Five UEA writers longlisted for Words and Women competition
Five UEA writers have been included on the longlist for this year’s Words and Women prose competition. Open to women writers throughout the UK, the competition offers the national winner a cash prize of £1,000 and a month long writing retreat sponsored by Hosking Houses Trust. The winner of the East of England prize will receive £600 and an advising session with Jill Dawson of the Gold Dust mentoring service. The longlisted authors were selected by guest judges Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood. They are: Sally Kerry Fox (MA 2016) for ‘Every Living Thing’; Avril Joy (BA 1972) for ‘Crane’; Carmen Morawski (pictured, current MFA) for ‘Upon Return’; Rashmee Roshan Lall (MA 2016; current PhD) for ‘The Man Who Walked In Off The Street’; and Hannah Vincent (BA 1987) for ‘She Clown’.
Rebecca Stott wins Costa Biography Award
UEA Professor of Literature and Creative Writing Rebecca Stott has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Costa Biography Award for her memoir In the Days of Rain, published by 4th Estate last year. Rebecca is the author of several academic books on Victorian literature and several cross-over books on the history of science, including Darwin and the Barnacle (2003), Theatres of Glass (2003), Oyster (2004), and Darwin’s Ghosts (2012). Her first novel Ghostwalk was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in the UK in 2007 and translated into 14 languages. This was followed by The Coral Thief in 2009. Each of the Costa category winners will receive £5,000, while the overall Costa Book of the Year Award winner, who will be announced on 30th January, will receive £30,000.