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Emma Claire Sweeney shortlisted for the BookHugger Book of the Year award

Owl Song At Dawn, the debut novel by UEA alumna Emma Claire Sweeney, has been shortlisted for this year’s BookHugger Book of the Year award. The novel was published by Legend Press last year. Emma (pictured) 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 – 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.

Richard Lambert and Anjali Joseph longlisted for Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Two UEA alumni have been longlisted for this year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is worth £30,000 to the winner: Richard Lambert for ‘The Hazel Twig and Olive Tree’ and Anjali Joseph for ‘Everlasting Lucifer’. Richard (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010 and a published a debut collection poetry, Night Journey, in 2012. He is the recipient of an Arts Council award to write a new collection,The Nameless Places, and is currently on Escalator, a talent development scheme for writers in the east of England. His novel The Wolf Road was longlisted for this year’s Caledonia Novel Award. Anjali graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2008 and from the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing in 2014. 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 last year.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is the new novel by UEA alumnus John Boyne and is published by Doubleday this week. John graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1995, and returned as a Creative Writing Fellow in 2004, and as a tutor on the Creative Writing MA in 2014. A recipient of the Curtis Brown bursary in 1994, he is now the sponsor of a bursary for young Irish writer to join the MA. John’s first novel, The Thief of Time, was published in 2000, since when he has published nine other novels for adults and five novels for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which was published successfully all over the world and was made into a feature film by Miramax.  

When You Lived Inside The Walls and Other Stories by Krishan Coupland


When You Lived Inside The Walls and Other Stories is the debut collection of short fiction by UEA writer Krishan Coupland and is published by Stonewood Press this week. Krishan graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2014 and is currently undertaking his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, also at UEA. He was the winner of the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2011 and the Bare Fiction Prize in 2016, and has been shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, the Storgy short story competition, and the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize. His short stories and poetry have appeared in Brittle Star, Aesthetica, Ambit, Litro and Fractured West. He is the editor of the online literary magazine Neon.

The Penguin Diaries by Christopher James


The Penguin Diaries is the new collection of poetry by UEA alumnus Christopher James and is published by Templar Poetry this week. Christopher graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA in 1997 and was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, when he also won the Bridport Prize for Poetry. His debut collection of poetry The Invention of Butterfly was published in 2006 and in 2008 he was the winner of the National Poetry Competition. He has since published three other poetry collections and two novels about Sherlock Holmes.

Victorians Undone by Kathryn Hughes


Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum is the new book by UEA Professor of Life Writing Kathryn Hughes and is published by Fourth Estate this week.  Her biography George Eliot: the Last Victorian (1998) was the winner of the James Tait Black Award while The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton (2005) was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Andre Simon Prize.  Kathryn teaches on UEA’s MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.

Joanna Walsh wins Arts Foundation Fellowship

UEA research student Joanna Walsh has won the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Non-Fiction category.  The Fellowship is worth £10,000.  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, 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 by 3:AM Press in 2013 and has been followed by Grow a Pair (Readux Books, 2015), Vertigo (Dorothy / And Other Stories / Tramp Press, 2015) and Hotel (Bloomsbury, 2015). She is a judge on the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize and am currently Writer In Residence at Maynooth University, Ireland.

Rockadoon Shore by Rory Gleeson



Rockadoon Shore is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Rory Gleeson and has recently been published by John Murray. Rory graduated with a BA in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, and completed his MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2014. His writing has appeared in The Irish Times, Miscellany Magazine and Far Off Places Magazine, and he has several film and tv scripts in development.

A Quiet Kind Thunder by Sara Barnard


A Quiet Kind Thunder is the second novel for Young Adults by UEA alumna Sara Barnard and has recently been published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Sara graduated from the BA in Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2010 and published her first YA novel, Beautiful Broken Things, in 2016. 

KJ Orr and Paul Stanbridge shortlisted for Republic of Consciousness prize

Two UEA alumni have been shortlisted for the inaugural Republic of Consciousness prize for books published by small presses. The prize money of £2,000 will be split between the winning author and their publisher.  KJ (Katherine) Orr is nominated for Light Box, her debut collection of short stories, published by Daunt Books last year, while Paul Standbridge is nominated for his debut novel Forbidden Line, recently published by Galley Beggar Press.  Katherine (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and is currently teaching on UEA’s MFA in Creative Writing. She was the winner of the 2016 BBC National Short Story Award.  Paul gained his PhD from UEA in 2011.  The winner of the Republic of Consciousness prize will be announced in March.