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Sister Sebastian's Library by Phil Whitaker

Sister Sebastian's Library is the new novel by UEA alumnus Phil Whitaker and is published by Salt this week.  Phil graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1996 and published his first novel Eclipse of the Sun in 1997. This went on to win the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award. His second novel Triangulation, also published by Weidenfeld) was the winner of the 2000 Encore Award.  The Face was published by Atlantic in 2004, and Freak of Nature (also Atlantic) in 2007.


The Dhow House by Jean McNeil

The Dhow House is the new novel by UEA Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Jean McNeil and is published this week in the UK by Legend Press. It will be published by ECW in the USA and Canada next March. Originally from Nova Scotia in Canada, Jean (pictured) is the co-Director of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) and the author of eleven previous books, including four novels and a collection of short fiction. Her work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, the Governor-General’s Prize for fiction (Canada) and the Journey Prize for short fiction (Canada). She has twice been the Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholar in South Africa, and works for part of each year in South Africa and Kenya. Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir was published by ECW in North America earlier this year.


Badminton by Molly Naylor

Badminton is the new collection of poetry by UEA alumna Molly Naylor and has just been published by Burning Eye Books. Molly graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) in 2008 and her first solo show, Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 before touring internationally. Besides her work for theatre, she has published one other poetry collection, You Clown (2012), and is currently collaborating with artist Liz Greenfield on a graphic novel adaptation of her 2014 storytelling show If Destroyed Still True. Her six-part comedy drama, After Hours, co-written with UEA graduate John Osborne,  was broadcast on Sky1 last year. She has previously been commissioned by BBC Radio 4, Sky, The BFI, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Creative England, The Bush Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Battersea Arts Centre


Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Nutshell is the fourteenth novel by UEA alumnus Ian McEwan and is published by Jonathan Cape this week. Ian was the inaugural graduate of the UEA Creative Writing programme in 1971, and published his first collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, in 1975. His second novel The Comfort of Strangers (1981) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, as were Black Dogs (1992), Atonement (2001), Saturday (2005) and On Chesil Beach (2007). He won the prize with Amsterdam in 1998. His most recent novel, Sweet Tooth, was published in 2012. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and has accepted the honorary awards of Distinguished Writing Fellow and Jubilee Professor of the University of East Anglia from the university


Catriona Ward selected for Fresh Talent promotion

Rawblood, the debut novel by UEA alumna Catriona Ward, is among the twelve titles selected for the WH Smith Fresh Talent promotion. Catriona (pictured) was born in Washington DC and grew up in America, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen and Morocco. She studied English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2011, having begun her novel while on the course. She now works as a writer and researcher for Bianca Jagger’s human rights foundation and lives in London. Rawblood was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson last year and was shortlisted for the 2016 Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.


The Last Pearlfisher of Scotland by Julia Stuart

The Last Pearlfisher of Scotland is the new novel by UEA alumnus Julia Stuart and is published by Vintage this week. Julia graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is the author of three previous novels. Her debut, The Matchmaker of Périgord, was published in 2007 and adapted for film by Andrew Birkin, who wrote and directed The Cement Garden, based on the novel by Ian McEwan. In 2010 her second novel was published in the UK as Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo. In America it was published as The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise and became a New York Times bestseller and an NRP Best Book of the Year. The Pigeon Pie Mystery was published in America in 2012 and was selected as a Book of the Week, as well as an ‘Unputdownable Mystery’, by Oprah.com. Her books have also been published in France, Italy, Taiwan, Portugal and Russia.


Seven UEA alumni nominated for Not The Booker Prize

Seven books by UEA alumni have been included in the longlist for The Guardian’s annual Not The Booker Prize competition. All the nominated novels, as well as the eventual winner, are selected by readers of the newspaper. In 2015 UEA alumna Tasha Kavanagh was included in the shortlist of six for her novel Things We Have in Common. The seven titles longlisted this year are: Everyone Is Watching (Picador) by Megan Bradbury (MA 2005); River Of Ink (Picador) by Paul MM Cooper (MA 2013; current PhD); Nine Folds Make A Paper Swan (Atlantic Books) by Ruth Gilligan (MA 2011); The Living (Fourth Estate) by Anjali Joseph (MA 2008; PhD 2014); Sometimes A River Song (Linen Press) by Avril Joy (BA 1972); Owl Song At Dawn (Legend Press) by Emma Claire Sweeney (MA 2004); and Fowlowe (Harper Collins) by Eleanor Wasserberg (MA 2010). The shortlist will be announced in 15th August.


Thomas Morris wins Wales Book of the Year Award

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, the debut collection of short stories by UEA alumnus Thomas Morris, has been announced as the overall winner of the 2016 Wales Book of the Year Award. Judged in three categories - Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction - and in two languages - Welsh and English - the award is administered by Literature Wales. Thomas’s collection was first awarded the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award before being selected for the main English-language award. It also won the public vote for the Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Award. Thomas (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013 and is currently the editor of the Irish literary journal The Stinging Fly. In 2014 he edited Dubliners 100, a centenary collection of new short stories by Irish writers based on James Joyce’s Dubliners. Earlier this year We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, published by Faber & Faber in 2015, received a Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.


The Lauras by Sara Taylor

The Lauras is the second novel by UEA student Sara Taylor and is published by William Heinemann this week. Sara graduated from UEA’s MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying at UEA for her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. Her debut novel The Shore was published by William Heinemann in March last year and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award 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


Divya Ghelani longlisted for SI Leeds Literary Prize

Runaway, the debut novel by UEA alumna Divya Ghelani, has been longlisted for this year’s SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women. The prize is run by Soroptimist International of Leeds in partnership with the Ilkley Literature Festival and independent publisher Peepal Tree Press. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. The shortlist for the prize will be announced in September and the prize awarded at the Ilkley Literature Festival in October. Divya (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and subsequently gained an MPhil in Literary Studies from the University of Hong Kong. In 2015 the University of Leicester commissioned her to research and write a historical short story, ‘An Imperial Typewriter’, which she is now adapting as a short film, and earlier this years she was selected as a Word Factory Apprentice. Runaway was the recipient of a Writing East Midlands Mentorship, a Literary Consultancy Mentorship and an Arts Council Grant. An early draft received an honorary mention in the Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing, and it was recently longlisted for the inaugural Deborah Roger's Prize.


Imogen Hermes Gowar and JY Yang secure publishers

Two UEA authors have recently secured book deals. Vintage has acquired The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, the debut novel by Imogen Hermes Gowar following a 10-publisher auction. It will be published in 2018. Imogen graduated with a BA in Art History from UEA in 2012 and with an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2014, when she was the winner of that year’s Curtis Brown Prize. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition in 2015 and one of three novels shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award. The science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor has meanwhile acquired two novellas from JY Yang, a current student on the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction MA). J (pictured) is a journalist and former scientist from Singapore whose short fiction has been published in Lightspeed, Uncanny, Clarkesworld and Strange Horizons. Her novellas, The Red Threads of Fortune and The River Runs Red, will be published simultaneously in summer 2017.


Eight Rivers of Shadow by Leo Hunt

Eight Rivers of Shadow is the new novel for young adults by UEA alumnus Leo Hunt and is published this week by Orchard Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. Leo (pictured) graduated from UEA in 2014 with First Class Honours in Creative Writing and American Literature. His first YA novel, Thirteen Days of Midnight, was published last year and was nominated for the 2016 Branford Boase Award and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.


Kim Sherwood wins Bath Novel Award

Testament, the debut novel by Picture of Kim SherwoodUEA alumna Kim Sherwood, has won this year’s Bath Novel Award, a competition open to writers of any nationality who have yet to be traditionally published. Kim (pictured) grew up in Camden and graduated from the BA in Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2011 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012. She is currently completing her PhD in Critical and Creative Writing and has taught on the undergraduate programme at UEA and the MA in Critical and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. Her work has appeared in Lighthouse Journal Going Down Swinging, Mslexia, The Letters Page and Belleville Park Pages.  The 2016 Bath Novel Award is worth £2,000 and was judged by Susan Armstrong of the Conville & Walsh literary agency. Current UEA student Annetta Berry was longlisted for the award for her historical novel, The Binding Frame. 


Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan

Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan is the fourth novel by Picture of Ruth GilliganUEA alumna Ruth Gilligan and is published by Atlantic Books today. It will be published by Tin House Books in the US in January. Ruth was born in Dublin in 1988 and studied at Cambridge and Yale before coming to UEA. She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011, and completed a PhD in English at Exeter in 2014. She currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. Ruth’s first novel, Forget, was published in 2006, and was followed by Somewhere in Between (2008) and Can You See Me? (2009). All three were bestsellers in Ireland. She writes regular literary reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, LA Review of Books, Guardian and Irish Independent, where she was a columnist for a number of years.  


The Sex Lives Of English Women by Wendy Jones

The Sex Lives Of English Women: Intimate Questions and Unexpected Answers is the new book by The Sex Lives Of English Women Front CoverUEA alumna Wendy Jones and is published today by Serpent’s Tail. Wendy graduated with an MA in Life Writing at UEA in 2000 and subsequently gained a PhD from Goldsmiths in Creative Writing. She published her first book, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl, in collaboration with the artist Grayson Perry in 2006. She is the author of two novels, The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals (2012) and The World is a Wedding (2013). She also writes for television

Katharine Norbury shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize

The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream by Katharine Image of Katharine NorburyNorbury has been included in the shortlist for the 2016 Wainwright Prize, which celebrates the best writing on the outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing. The prize is sponsored by Wainwright Golden Beer and is awarded in association with The National Trust and selected with the assistance of a committee from The Wainwright Society. Katharine (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, London. The Fish Ladder was published by Bloomsbury last year and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. The winner of the £5,000 award will be announced on 5th August.


Eliza Robertson shortlisted for Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award

UEA author Eliza Robertson has been shortlisted the 2016 Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award.  She was also shortlisted in 2015. The award is organized by the Canadian Authors Association and the shortlists in four categories are chosen from over 300 nominations. Eliza (pictured) 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 and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. In Canada she has won three national awards for her short fiction 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. Her debut collection of stories, Wallflowers, was published in the UK by Bloomsbury last year.


Sophie Collins and Emily Berry in relaunched Penguin Modern Poets

UEA alumna Sophie Collins and current PhD student Emily Berry are to be published alongside Anne Carson in the first volume of the relaunched Penguin Modern Poets series. Sophie was born in 1989 and grew up in North Holland. She studied Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, London, before joining the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2012. Her work has appeared in Mercy and Oxford Poetry, as well as the Clinic and Stop Sharpening Your Knives anthologies. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2014 and is currently working towards a PhD in Poetry and Translation at Queen’s University, Belfast. Emily grew up in London and studied English Literature at Leeds University and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College before joining UEA to undertake a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of Denise Riley. Her debut collection Dear Boy was published by Faber in 2013 and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She is the editor of Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt Publishing). Her second collection, Stranger, Baby, will be published in 2017. Penguin Modern Poets 1: If I’m Scared We Can’t Win will be published on 28th July.


Owl Song At Dawn by Emma Claire Sweeney

Owl Song At Dawn is the debut novel by UEA alumna Emma Claire Sweeney and is published by Legend Press this week. Emma graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004, and has since won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards for her writing. She has written for the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Times, and teaches Creative Writing at New York University. She co-runs SomethingRhymed.com - a website on female literary friendship - with fellow UEA alumna, Emily Midorikawa, with whom she is co-writing A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, which will be published next year by Aurum Press in the UK and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the USA.


Hannah Garrard highly commended for New Welsh Writing Award

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UEA alumna Hannah Garrard has been highly commended for the 2016 New Welsh Writing Award for travel writing. Hannah (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English Literature in 2005 and with an MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in 2015. She grew up in Suffolk and now lives in Norwich, where she works for a young person’s charity and writes for journals, anthologies and news sites. Her commended essay ‘No Situation is Permanent’ was written as her MA dissertation and will now be published in the autumn edition of the New Welsh Review’s creative magazine, New Welsh Reader.


Thomas Morris wins Somerset Maugham Award

UEA alumnus Thomas Morris has been awarded a Somerset Maugham Award worth £2,000 at this year’s Society of Authors Awards Ceremony for his debut collection of short stories, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, which was published by Faber & Faber last year. Thomas (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013 and is currently the editor of the Irish literary journal The Stinging Fly. In 2014 he edited Dubliners 100, a centenary collection of new short stories by Irish writers based on James Joyce’s Dubliners. Earlier this year his collection was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and the Wales Book of the Year Award. Thomas was also longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.


Sam Buchan-Watts wins Eric Gregory Award

UEA alumnus Sam Buchan-Watts has been awarded an Eric Gregory Award at this year’s Society of Authors Awards Ceremony. The award is for poets under the age of thirty. Sam (pictured) was born in London in 1989 and studied English Literature at Goldsmiths before completing his MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA last year. He has just begun a PhD on contemporary poetry at York University. He is a co-editor of the poetry anthology series, clinic, and his poems have appeared in Poetry London and Salt’s Best British Poetry series. Earlier this year he was announced as a Faber New Poet for 2015-16.  


Baby by Patricia Debney

Baby is the new collection of poetry by UEA alumna Patricia Debney and has recently been published by Cinnamon Press. Patricia graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1992. Her first collection, How to Be a Dragonfly, won the 2004 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition. Her other publications include Gestation (2014) and a collection of prose poems, Littoral (2014). A former Canterbury Laureate, she is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent.  


Syed Haider Shahbaz awarded Charles Pick South Asia Writing Fellowship

Syed Haider Shahbaz has been selected as the 2016/17 Charles Pick South Asia Writing Fellow at UEA. The fellowship is worth £26,000 and lasts for six months. It is dedicated to the memory of the publisher and literary agent, Charles Pick, and is intended to support the work of a new and as yet unpublished writer of fictional or non-fictional prose. Previous recipients of the fellowship include Luke Williams, Brian Chikwava, Erin Soros, Will Boast and Megan Bradbury. Syed is a Pakistani writer and translator, and has a BA from Yale University and an MFA from University of Nevada. His creative work has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Portland Review, Aldus, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Enizagam Fiction Contest 2015, and has contributed reviews to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jadaliyya, Himal SouthAsian, The Believer Logger, and Tanqeed. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and he has received grants and residencies from NYS Summer Writers Institute, Black Mountain Institute, and The Hambidge Center

Gavin McCrea longlisted for the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown

Mrs Engels, the debut novel by UEA alumnus Gavin McCrea, has been longlisted for the 2016 Historical Writers Association Goldsboro Debut Crown, which is for debut historical fiction. Gavin (pictured) completed the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009 and gained his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2013. Mrs Engels was published by Scribe in 2015 and was nominated for last year’s Guardian First Book Award. It was also recently shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize. The shortlist for the HWA Goldsboro will be announced on 30th June and the winner will be presented with a £1,000 prize at the Harrogate History Festival on 21st October.


Anne Enright wins IBW Book Award

The Green Road by Picture of Anne EnrightUEA alumna Anne Enright has been announced as the winner in the adult category of this year’s Independent Bookseller Week Book Awards. Anne (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1987 and was last year announced as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. She is the author of nine previous works, including the winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Gathering. The Green Road was published by Jonathan Cape last year 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. She will now join the other category winners and all previous IBW award winners in a ‘Best of the Best’ competition to mark ten years of the IBW Book Award.  


Katharine Norbury longlisted for Wainwright Prize

The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream by Katharine Norbury has been longlisted for the 2016 Wainwright Prize, which celebrates the best writing on the outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing. The prize is sponsored by Wainwright Golden Beer and is awarded in association with The National Trust and selected with the assistance of a committee from The Wainwright Society. Katharine graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, London. The Fish Ladder was published by Bloomsbury last year and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. The shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize will be announced on 30th June.


Denise Riley shortlisted for Forward Prize for poetry

Say Something Back by UEA professor Denise Riley has been shortlisted for this year’s Forward Prize for Best Collection, which is worth £15,000 to the winner and £1,000 to each of the shortlisted authors. Her collection was published by Picador last year and includes A Part Song, the winner of the 2012 Forward Poetry Prize for Best Single Poem. Denise (pictured) is Professor of Poetry and the History of Ideas at UEA, and was formerly the convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry). Her previous books include Am I That Name?: Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ in History, and The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony. She has also published many collections of poetry, including Penguin Modern Poets 10, with Iain Sinclair and Douglas Oliver and Denise Riley: Selected Poems. Her most recent books are The Force of Language, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle, and Impersonal Passion: Language’s Affect. The winner of the Forward Prize will be announced at the Royal Festival Hall on 20 September.


Kim Sherwood shortlisted for Bath Novel Award

UEA alumna Kim Sherwood has been shortlisted for this year’s Bath Novel Award, a competition open to writers of any nationality who have yet to be traditionally published. Kim (pictured) graduated from the BA in Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2011 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012. She is currently completing her PhD in Critical and Creative Writing and has taught on the undergraduate programmes at both UEA and the University of Sussex. The 2016 Bath Novel Award is judged by Susan Armstrong of the Conville & Walsh literary agency and is worth £2,000 to the winner, who will be announced on 7th July.


Ruby Robinson shortlisted for Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection

Every Little Sound by UEA alumnus Ruby Robinson has been shortlisted for this year’s Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, which is worth £5,000 to the winner. Ruby (pictured) was born in Manchester in 1985 and gained a BA in English Literature from UEA in 2006, when she completed a dissertation in Creative Writing. Subsequently she joined the MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, where she won the Ictus Prize for poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry (Chicago) and elsewhere. Every Little Sound was published by Pavilion Poetry earlier this year. The winner of last year’s Felix Dennis Prize was UEA alumna Mona Arshi (MA 2011). This year’s winner will be announced at the Forward Prizes for Poetry event at the Royal Festival Hall on 20 September.


Everyone is Watching by Megan Bradbury

Everyone is Watching is the debut novel by UEA alumna Megan Bradbury and is published by Picador this week. Megan was born in the United States and grew up in Britain. She graduated from the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2004 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2005. In 2012 she was awarded the Charles Pick Fellowship at UEA, and in 2013 she won an Escalator Literature Award and an Arts Council Grant for the Arts to help fund the completion of her novel. Earlier this year she was selected by Ali Smith for the annual Debut Writers’ event at the Cambridge Literary Festival, along with Harry Parker and fellow UEA graduate Lisa Owens (2013).


The Joyce Girl by Annabel Abbs

The Joyce Girl is the debut novel by UEA alumna Annabel Abbs and is published by Impress Books this week. Annabel grew up in Bristol, Wales and Sussex, before studying for a BA in English Literature at UEA, graduating in 1987, after which she established a successful marketing consultancy. The Joyce Girl won the 2015 Impress Prize and was longlisted for the 2015 Bath Novel Award and the 2015 Caledonia Novel Award. Her short stories have been nominated for various awards, and she is now completing her second novel, based on the life of Frieda von Richthofen, wife and muse to D.H. Lawrence.  


Thomas Morris shortlisted for Edge Hill Short Story Prize

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by UEA alumnus Thomas Morris has been shortlisted for this year’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize, which is worth £10,000 to the winner. Thomas (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013 and is currently the editor of the Irish literary journal The Stinging Fly. In 2014 he edited Dubliners 100, a centenary collection of new short stories by Irish writers based on James Joyce’s Dubliners. Earlier this year he was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. We Don’t Know What We’re Doing was published by Faber & Faber earlier this year, and is currently also shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award. The Edge Hill Prize is awarded annually by Edge Hill University for excellence in a published single author short story collection, and the winner will be announced on 5th July.  UEA alumni John Boyne (MA 1995) and Eliza Robertson (MA 2012; current PhD) were longlisted for the award for their collections Beneath the Earth and Wallflowers respectively

ND Gomes shortlisted for Guardian / 4th Estate B4ME Short Story Prize

‘Birthday Honours’ by UEA alumnus ND (Nikhil) Gomes has been shortlisted for the inaugural Guardian / 4th Estate B4ME Short Story Prize, which is open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers living in the UK. Nikhil (pictured) studied Politics at Cambridge University before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. He graduated in 2007 and currently works at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Also shortlisted for the prize is current UEA undergraduate Shaivya Ramani, who is studying for a BA in International Relations. The winner of the B4ME Short Story Prize will be announced on 20th June.


Philippa Found shortlisted for Short Fiction Prize

‘IzzyBella’ by UEA alumna Philippa Found has been shortlisted for the 2016 Short Fiction Prize, which is run by the journal Short Fiction and is worth £500 to the winner. Philippa (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose) MA in 2015 and is currently completing her first collection of short stories. She previously worked as a curator and director of a London art gallery where she wrote three non-fiction books about contemporary women’s art. Her short fiction has been published by Ether Books, and was recently longlisted for the inaugural Galley Beggar Short Story Prize and highly commended for the Words and Women Prose competition    


Natasha Pulley shortlisted for Betty Trask Prize

UEA alumna Natasha Pulley has been shortlisted for the 2016 Betty Trask Prize for her debut novel The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, which was published by Bloomsbury Circus last year. The novel is currently also in contention for the 2016 Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Natasha (pictured) studied English at Oxford University and graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012, after which she completed a nineteen-month Daiwa Fellowship in Tokyo, Japan. She began writing The Watchmaker of Filigree Street while studying for her MA and is currently working on her second novel, The Bedlam Stacks. The £10,000 winner of the Betty Trask Prize will be announced on 21st June.  The three runners-up will each receive worth £5,000.


Nightwanderers by CJ Flood

Nightwanderers is the second novel for young adults by UEA alumna Chelsey (C.J.) Flood and is published by Simon & Schuster this week. Chelsey was born in Derby and gained a BA in English from the University of Falmouth before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009. She graduated in 2010 as the winner of that year’s Curtis Brown Award. Infinite Sky, her debut novel for young adults, was written while she was on the MA and was published in 2013. It went on to win the Branford Boase Award, the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award, the Angus Book Award, and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and the Leeds Book Award. 


Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

Foxlowe is the first novel by UEA alumna Eleanor Wasserberg and is published by Fourth Estate this week. Eleanor was born in Staffordshire and graduated with a BA in Classics and English from the University of Oxford before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009. She began writing Foxlowe while on the MA and was subsequently awarded a grant from Arts Council England to complete thFoxlowe Book Covere novel. Eleanor has taught English in Paris and Trivandrum and currently teaches in a school in Norwich.


Meng Jin awarded David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellowship

Meng Jin has been selected as the 2015/16 David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellow at UEA. The fellowship is worth £26,000 and lasts for a year. It is named for its sponsor, Mr David Wong, a retired Hong Kong businessman who has also been a teacher, journalist and senior civil servant, and is a writer of fiction. It enables a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year a UEA. Previous recipients of the fellowship include Wendy Law-Yone, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Balli Jaswal, Nam Le, Jack Wang and, most recently, Violet Kupersmith. Meng Jin (pictured) was born in Shanghai and raised in China and the United States. She has an MFA from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow. A Kundiman fellow, she has received support from Vermont Studio Centre, the M Literary Residency, and Hedgebrook. Her fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Masters Review, The Baltimore Review, Zymbol, and Bound Off. She is currently at work on her first novel. Black and White Photo Meng Jin


Black Water by Louise Doughty

Black Water is the eighth novel by UEA alumna Louise Doughty and is published by Faber & Faber this week. Louise graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1987 and published her first novel, Crazy Paving, in 1995. Her sixth novel, Whatever You Love, was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. It was also longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her previous novel, Apple Tree Yard, was published in 2013 and chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club and shortlisted for both the Specsavers National Book Awards and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. In 2015 she was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.


Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher

Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew 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 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.


Paul Murray announced as co-winner of Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize

The Mark And The Void, the third novel by UEA alumnus Paul Murray, has been announced as the co-winner of the 2016 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, alongside The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild. Paul (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel An Evening Of Long Goodbyes in 2003. This was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. His second novel Skippy Dies was published in 2009 and nominated for numerous awards, including the Costa Novel Award and the 2010 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. It was also longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. The Mark and the Void was published by Hamish Hamilton / Penguin last year.


Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago by Douglas Cowie

style="text-align: justify;">Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago is the new novel by UEA alumnus Douglas Cowie and is published by Myriad Editions this week. Douglas is originally from Chicago and has lived in England and Berlin since 1999.  He graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2000 and completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA in 2007. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. His first novel, Owen Noone And The Marauder, was published in the UK and the US in 2005. Most recently he has published two linked novellas in the US, Sing for Life: Tin Pan Alley (2013) and Sing for Life: Away, You Rolling River (2014).


Owen Sheers, Eluned Gramich and Thomas Morris on Wales Book of the Year shortlist

Three UEA alumni have been included in the category shortlists for the 2016 Wales Book of the Year Award. I Saw A Man by Owen Sheers and We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris (both Faber) are shortlisted for The Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award. Woman Who Brings The Rain by Eluned Gramich (New Welsh Rarebyte) is shortlisted for the Open University in Wales Creative Non-Fiction Award. Owen graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 1998 and published his first collection of poetry, The Blue Book, in 2000. His first work of non-fiction, The Dust Diaries, was the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year in 2005, while his second collection of poetry, Skirrid Hill, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award. Eluned graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012.  She is the translator of the German short story collection Goldfish Memory by Monique Schwitter (Parthian Books). Woman Who Brings the Rain is a memoir of her stay in Hokkaido, Japan, in 2012, and last year won the WWF Cymru Prize for Writing On Nature & The Environment at the New Welsh Writing Awards. Thomas (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013 and published We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, his debut collection of short stories, last year. Currently the editor of the Irish literary journal The Stinging Fly, in 2014 he edited ‘Dubliners 100’, a centenary collection of new short stories by Irish writers based on James Joyce’s Dubliners. Earlier this year he was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The Wales Book of the Year Award is administered by Literature Wales with funding from the Arts Council of Wales.  Each category winner receives £2,000 and the overall winner then wins an additional £6,000.


Blind Water Pass by Anna Metcalfe

Blind Water Pass is the debut collection of short stories by UEA student Anna Metcalfe and is published by John Murray this week. Anna was born in Germany in 1987 and grew up in Fife and Lincolnshire. She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2012 and is currently undertaking her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. In 2014 she was the youngest writer ever to be shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The story was subsequently included in the Salt anthology The Best British Stories 2014, edited by Nicholas Royle


The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata is the new novel by UEA alumna and current Chancellor of the university, Rose Tremain, and is published by Chatto & Windus this week. Rose graduated from UEA with a BA in English in 1967. During her degree she was taught by Angus Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury, and later returned to the university to teach alongside Bradbury on the Creative Writing MA. Her first novel, Sadler’s Birthday, was published in 1976 and among her many other acclaimed novels and short story collections are Sacred Country (1992), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Fémina Etranger, Music and Silence (1999), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, The Colour (2004), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and The Road Home, which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her last novel Merivel: A Man Of His Time was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction shortlist. In 2014 she published a collection of short stories,The American Lover, which was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by UEA in 2000 and was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2007.  


Something Back by Denise Riley


Say Something Back is the new collection of poetry by UEA professor Denise Riley, and is published by Picador this week. The book reproduces A Part Song, the winner of the 2012 Forward Poetry Prize for Best Single Poem. Denise is currently Professor of Poetry and the History of Ideas at UEA, and was formerly the convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry). Her previous books include Am I That Name?: Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ in History, and The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony. She edited Poets on Writing: Britain 1970-1991 and co-edited, with Stephen Heath and Colin McCabe, the Language, Discourse and Society Series Reader. She has also published many collections of poetry, including Penguin Modern Poets 10, with Iain Sinclair and Douglas Oliver and Denise Riley: Selected Poems. Her most recent books are The Force of Language, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle, and Impersonal Passion: Language's Affect


Iron Towns by Anthony Cartwright


Iron Towns is the new novel by UEA alumnus Anthony Cartwright and is published by Serpent’s Tail this week. Anthony was born in 1973 in Dudley and graduated from the UEA undergraduate programme in 1996. His first novel The Afterglow was published by Tindal Street Press in 2004 and was a winner of the Betty Trask Award. It was also shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the John Llewellyn-Rhys Memorial Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best First Novel award. His second novel Heartland was published in 2009 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best Novel award. His third novel How I Killed Margaret Thatcher was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize.  Anthony has worked as an English teacher in schools in London and the Midlands for over ten years, and is currently a First Story writer-in-residence at Abbey Manor College in Lewisham


Mutants by Toby Litt

Mutants: Selected Essays is a collection of twenty-six essays by UEA alumnus Toby Litt and is published by Seagull Books this week. Toby graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1995 and was included in the 2003 Granta list of Best of Young British Novelists. He is the author of nine novels and three collections of short stories and was last year nominated for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. His most recent collection of short fiction was Life-Like, published by Seagull Books in 2014.  He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.


One Bad Apple by Matt Whyman

One Bad Apple is the new novel for children by UEA alumnus Matt Whyman and has just been published by Hot Key Books. Matt graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1992 and is the author of numerous books for younger readers, including Boy Kills Man (2004), which was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and Holland’s de Jong Jury Prize, and The Wild, which was shortlisted for the Renfrewshire Teenage Book Award. In 1995 Matt became the first agony uncle for 19 magazine, and has subsequently written advice columns for numerous other magazines.  He also publishes books for younger readers under the pseudonyms Jack Carson and Lazlo Strangolov