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Rose Tremain shortlisted for Ondaatje Prize and IBW Book Award

The Gustav Sonata by UEA alumna Rose Tremain has been shortlisted for both the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize and the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award (adult category). The novel was also recently nominated for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Rose (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English in 1967 and later returned to the university to teach on the Creative Writing MA and, more recently, to become the University’s first female Chancellor. Among her many other acclaimed novels are Music and Silence (1999), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, and The Road Home, which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2007. The winner of the Ondaatje Prize, which is worth £10,000, will be announced on 8th May. The winner of the IBW Book Award, which is coordinated by The Booksellers Association will be announced on 23rd June.

The Tincture of Time by Elizabeth L Silver


The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty is the new book by UEA alumna Elizabeth L Silver and is published by Penguin Press this week. Elizabeth graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2004. Since graduation she has been the recipient of several grants, including a residency at the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, New York, and the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) Workshop in Tarazona, Spain. Her debut novel The Execution of Noa P. Singleton was published in 2013 by Random House/Crown in the USA and Headline Review in the UK, among several other publishers around the world. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

Time to Win by Harry Brett


Time to Win is the new crime novel by UEA Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Henry Sutton and is published this week by Corsair under the pseudonym Harry Brett. Henry is the author of nine previous novels including My Criminal World and Get Me Out Of Here. A former Literary Editor of Esquire magazine and Books Editor of the Daily Mirror, he has co-convened the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA since 2012, and in 2015 introduced UEA’s pioneering low-residency MA in Crime Writing. Time to Win is the first in a projected series of crime novels set on the Norfolk coast

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan shortlisted for Authors’ Club Award

Harmless Like You, the debut novel by UEA student Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, has been shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, which is worth £2,500 to the winner. Rowan (pictured) was longlisted earlier this year for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the inaugural Jhalak Prize for the Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA, and her short story ‘Before It Disappears’ was recently published in the anthology How Much the Heart Can Hold.  The winner of the Authors’ Club Award will be announced on 25th May

Anne Enright shortlisted for International Dublin Literary Award

The Green Road  by UEA alumna Anne Enright has been shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, which is worth €100,000 to the winner and is nominated by libraries worldwide. Anne (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1987 and in 2015 became the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. She is the author of nine previous works, including the winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The GatheringThe Green Road is published by Jonathan Cape and won the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Novel of the Year Award as well as being shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the British Book Industry Awards. It was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. UEA alumni Kazuo Ishiguro (MA 1980) and Natasha Pulley (MA 2012) were longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. The winner will be announced on 21st June 2017.

The Day Ends Like Any Day by Timothy Ogene


The Day Ends Like Any Day is the debut novel by UEA student Timothy Ogene and has recently been published by Holland House. Timothy was born in Nigeria and has since lived in Liberia, Germany, the US, and the UK. He holds a BA in English and History from St. Edward’s University, Texas, an MA in World Literatures in English from the University of Oxford, and is currently completing the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Harvard Review, Glasgow Review of Books, Hong Kong Review of Books, Poetry Quarterly, Tahoma Literary Review, and Blue Rock Review. His debut collection of poetry, Descent & Other Poems, will be published by Deerbrook Editions in July.

Cody, The Medicine Man & Me by Alan Wilkinson



Cody, The Medicine Man & Me is the first novel UEA alumnus Alan Wilkinson and is published by Ouen Press this week. Alan graduated from the MA in Creative Writing UEA in 1989 and has since made a living as a writer, ghosting biographies and writing corporate histories. He has made numerous road trips across the United States, out which came his travelogues Toad's Road-Kill Café (2012), The Red House On The Niobrara (2014) and There Used To Be A Guy... But He Died (2016).

Naomi Alderman and Ayobami Adebayo shortlisted for Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Novels by two UEA alumnae have been shortlisted for this year’s £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. They are Stay With Me (Canongate), the debut novel by Ayobami Adebayo (pictured), who graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2014, and The Power (Viking), the fourth novel by 2003 MA graduate Naomi Alderman.  The winner of the prize will be announced on 7 June.

The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard


The Day That Went Missing, a memoir, is the latest book by UEA alumnus Richard Beard and is published by Harvill Secker this week. Richard graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1995 and has published six novels including Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. He is also the author of three previous books of narrative non-fiction. For six years Richard Beard was Director of The National Academy of Writing in London. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo and Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at UEA.

How To Be Human by Paula Cocozza


How To Be Human is the debut novel by UEA alumna Paula Cocozza and is published by Hutchinson this week. Paula graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2015 and was the recipient of the David Higham Award. She is a staff feature writer at the Guardian and has also written for Vogue, the Telegraph, the Independent, and the TLS.  She lives in London.