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KJ Orr shortlisted for Asham Award

Recent Creative Writing MA graduate Katherine Orr (2007) has been shortlisted for this year's Asham Short Story Award. The names of the twelve winning writers, each of whom will have their stories published in the Asham anthology by Bloomsbury, will be announced at the end of February 2009, while the first, second and third prize winners will be announced in September at the launch of the anthology.

Fri, 12 Dec 2008

C.D. Rose in latest issue of Untitled Books

Issue number nine of the online journal Untitled Books features a new short story by recent MA alumnus Chris Rose, entitled 'Aldeia de Luz'. Chris graduated from UEA in 2007 and has previously published short fiction in the British Council anthologies New Writing 10 and New Writing 14 and in the Comma Press collection, Parenthesis. His crime novel Driftlines was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2003.

Tue, 9 Dec 2008

UEA alumni in latest issue of Staple magazine

Work by several graduates of the UEA Creative Writing MA is included in the latest issue of the literary magazine Staple. Jane Harris (MA 1992, PhD 1995), who was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for her first novel The Observations, contributes an article on her time as a reader and editor for The Literary Consultancy. The novelist Richard Skinner (MA 1996) contributes several poems, while Julia Bell (MA 1996), the author of two novels for teenagers, contributes a short story 'Wise Up!', and Ashley Stokes (MA 1998, pictured) contributes a short story 'It's That Man Again'. Ashley is Director of Creative Writing courses at UEA's School of Continuing Education and has published short fiction and reviews in a number of journals and national newspapers. He taught for several years on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme at UEA.

Sat, 6 Dec 2008

Adam Foulds and Kathryn Simmonds shortlisted for Costa Award

Two UEA Creative Writing alumni have been included on the shortlist for this year's Costa Poetry Award. Kathryn Simmonds graduated from the Poetry MA in 2002 and is shortlisted for her debut collection Sunday at the Skin Laundrette. Earlier this year she won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for several other awards. Adam Foulds graduated from the Poetry MA in 2000 and is shortlisted for his verse novella The Broken Word. Earlier this year he won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for his first novel The Truth About These Strange Times. The winner of the Costa Poetry Award will receive £5,000 and will be announced on January 6th.

Wed, 19 Nov 2008

Adam Foulds shortlisted for John Llewellyn Rhys Prize

UEA Creative Writing alumnus Adam Foulds (2000) has been included on the shortlist of six for this year's John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, alongside 2008 Booker Prize Winner Aravind Adiga. Adam's verse novella, The Broken Word, is a reimagining of the Kenyan Mau Mau uprising and was published by Cape earlier this year. HIs first novel, The Truth About These Strange Times, was published in 2007 and won this year's Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, which is worth £5000, will be announced on November 24th.

Sun, 16 Nov 2008

'Rothko's Red and Other Stories' by Sue Hubbard

Rothko's Red and Other Stories, a debut collection by Sue Hubbard, is published today by Salt. Sue graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1995, the same year as Richard Beard, John Boyne, Bo Fowler, Janette Jenkins and Toby Litt, and has previously published two collections of poetry, Everything Begins With The Skin (1994) and Ghost Station (2004), and a novel, Depth of Field (2000). She is an art critic for The New Statesman and The Independent, and has twice been the winner of the London Writers' Competition. Read more.

Sat, 15 Nov 2008

Vikram Kapur shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Vikram Kapur's short story 'Auction' has been shortlisted for this year's Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The competition, run by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, attracted more than 1,700 entries. The shortlisted stories will be broadcast in Britain and across the Commonwealth later this year. Vikram is the author of two novels, There Is A Fire (2002) and The Wages of Life (2004), both published in his native India, and is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, where he teaches on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme. Last month he was selected by the Can Serrat Centro de Activades Artisticas to take up a residency in Barcelona in 2009, while earlier this year his short story 'My Life as a Dead Man' was shortlisted in the Radiobooks Short Story Competition and broadcast in several countries around the world.

Fri, 14 Nov 2008

UEA Writing Fellow Nam Le Wins Dylan Thomas Prize

Nam Le, the current holder of the David TK Wong Writing Fellowship at UEA, has won this year's Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut collection of short stories, The Boat. The Prize, which is sponsored by the University of Wales, is the UK's largest literary award and is designed to encourage creative talent in writers under the age of 30. Also on this year's shortlist was UEA alumnus Edward Hogan (2004) for his first novel Blackmoor. Nam Le was born in Vietnam in 1979 and raised in Australia and has previously received the Pushcart Prize, the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Until taking up his Fellowship at UEA he was based in New York, where he was the fiction editor of the Harvard Review. The Boat has been published to widespread critical acclaim. Read more.

Tue, 11 Nov 2008

Happy Birthday George Szirtes

New And Collected Poems, a comprehensive retrospective of George Szirtes' poetry over the last 40 years, is published today by Bloodaxe. The volume contains a substantial number of new poems and is published to coincide with George's 60th birthday. At the same time Bloodaxe is publishing Reading George Szirtes by John Sears, the first critical study of his work. Meanwhile, the Hungarian press Corvina is publishing a bilingual selected poems, while Circle Press is bringing out The Burning of the Books, a collaboration with Ronald King based on Elias Canetti's Auto da Fe, and Gatehouse Press is publishing Shuck, Hick, Tiffey, a collection of three regional libretti written for the composer Ken Crandell. George, who is Reader in Creative Writing at UEA, is also an accomplished translator and earlier this month Picador published in paperback his translation of The Rebels by Sandor Marai.

Mon, 10 Nov 2008

Four UEA writers shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex Awards

Four graduates of UEA's Creative Writing MA have been shortlisted for the 2008 Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards. In the running for the Poetry prize are Paul Batchelor (2000) for his debut collection The Sinking Road, which has also been shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, Eleanor Rees (2002) for Andraste's Hair, which was last year shortlisted for the Forward Prize, and Kathryn Simmonds (2002) for Sunday At The Skin Laundrette, winner of this year's Forward Prize and the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. Aifric Campbell (MA 2003, PhD 2007, pictured) is meanwhile shortlisted in the Fiction category for her debut novel The Semantics of Murder. Each category winner will receive 5,000 Euros, while the overall award, announced on 10th November, will be worth 20,000 Euros.

Mon, 3 Nov 2008

Mohammed Hanif shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award

UEA creative writing graduate Mohammed Hanif (2005) has been shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award for his novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes, which was published earlier this year by Jonathan Cape. Another UEA writer, the poet Kathryn Simmonds, was included on the longlist for the prize, which was announced in August, for her debut collection Sunday at the Skin Launderette, while Mohammed himself was longlisted earlier this year for the Man Booker Prize. The Guardian First Book Award is worth £10,000 and the winner will be announced in December. Read more.

Sun, 2 Nov 2008

Meirion Jordan's debut collection of poetry

Moonrise, a first full collection of poems by 2008 Poetry MA graduate Meirion Jordan has been published by Seren. Meirion is from Cwmllynfell in South Wales and has previously published poems in Poetry Wales, The TLS and The Rialto. In 2007 he won the Newdigate Prize.

Sat, 1 Nov 2008

Sue Healy in Budapest anthology

A short story by current Creative Writing MA student Sue Healy has been included in an anthology of new writing called 'Budapest Tales', one of a series of collections of new European writing, each centred on a particular capital city. Poems by current PhD student Todd Swift and George Szirtes, who teaches on the MA, are also featured in the anthology. Sue, who is from Ireland, previously worked as a journalist and lived in Budapest for over a decade. Her short story is called 'I Am Not A Muse' and she is currently working on a novel called 'Trafadden'.

Mon, 20 Oct 2008

UEA Anthology of Creative Writing 2008

This year's UEA Anthology of Creative Writing 2008 contains work by students on the Lifewriting MA and all three strands of the Creative Writing MA (Prose Fiction, Poetry, Scriptwriting). With a foreword by UEA graduate and 2007 Man Booker Prize winner, Anne Enright, it contains introductions by UEA tutors Giles Foden, George Szirtes, Kathryn Hughes and Val Taylor, and is published by the independent publisher Egg Box. It will be launched with readings by the students at the Poetry Cafe in London tonight and at the UEA Drama Studio tomorrow night.

Mon, 13 Oct 2008

Kathryn Simmonds wins Forward Best First Collection Prize

UEA graduate Kathryn Simmonds has won this year's Forward Prize for Best First Collection with Sunday at the Skin Launderette, published earlier this year by Seren. Kathryn graduated from the Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2002, and won an Eric Gregory Award that same year. Her pamphlet of poems Snug was a winner in the Poetry Business competition in 2004 and subsequently published by Smith/Doorstop, and she won the Poetry London competition in 2006. Her short story Pentecost was shortlisted for the 2007 Asham Award and her first radio play Poetry for Beginners was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2008. Sunday at the Skin Launderette was a Poetry Book Society recommendation, and is currently also on the longlist for the Guardian First Book Award, along with A Case of Exploding Mangoes, the debut novel by 2005 alumnus Mohammed Hanif.

Fri, 10 Oct 2008

Edward Hogan shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas prize

UEA Creative Writing graduate Edward Hogan has been shortlisted for one of the world's highest paying literary awards, The Dylan Thomas Prize, sponsored by the University of Wales and designed to encourage creative talent in writers under the age of 30. Born in Derby in 1980, Ed joined the Creative Writing MA in 2003 and was that year's winner of the David Higham Bursary. After graduating in 2004 he was signed by the publisher Simon and Schuster, who published his first novel Blackmoor earlier this year. The winner of the prize, chosen from a shortlist of six, will be announced in November. The longlist, announced in June, included two other UEA alumni - Joe Dunthorne (2004) and Susan Fletcher (2002) - as well as Nam Le, this year's David TK Wong Writing Fellow at UEA.

Fri, 3 Oct 2008

David Sornig and Nam Le join UEA as Writing Fellows

UEA has announced the appointment of two new writing fellows.

Wed, 1 Oct 2008

Plum reading night

The next Plum reading night will take place on 9th October at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and will feature readings by current UEA PhD student Erin Soros (a former Charles Pick Writing Fellow), Samson Kambalu (reading from his memoir The Jive Talker, which is published by Jonathan Cape), Daniel Hahn (reading from his translations of Angolan writer Jose Eduardo Agualusa) and Tom Chivers (reading the poetry of Barry MacSweeney). Plum is run by UEA MA graduates Luke Williams and Natasha Soobramanien. Read more.

Wed, 1 Oct 2008

Fflur Dafydd's first English-language novel

Novelist and singer-songwriter Fflur Dafydd has published her first English-language novel Twenty Thousand Saints with Alcemi, having previously published three books in Welsh - a collection of stories and poems, Y Gwir Am Gelwydd, published in 1998 when she was just twenty, and two novels, Lliwiau Liw Nos (2005) and Atyniad (2006), which won the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2006. A third Welsh language novel, Ffordd o Fyw, will be published in 2009. Fflur graduated from UEA's MA in Creative Writing in 2000, and subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Wales on the poetry of R.S. Thomas. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Swansea University. Read more.

Wed, 1 Oct 2008

Glenn Patterson's new book

Once Upon A Hill: Love in Troubled Times, a memoir by Glenn Patterson, is published today by Bloomsbury. Glenn was born in Belfast in 1961 and graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1986. He is the author of six novels, the first of which, Burning Your Own (1988), won a Betty Trask Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Glenn teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's University, Belfast. Read more.

Thu, 25 Sep 2008

Prize for UEA translator

Amanda Hopkinson, director of the British Centre for Literary Translation (BLTC) at UEA, has been awarded this year's Duncan Lawrie International Dagger for her translation of Lorraine Connection by Dominique Manotti. Amanda worked with co-translator Ros Schwartz to translate the book from French into English. She collected the prize of £1000 at an awards ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane, London.

Wed, 24 Sep 2008

Henry Sutton joins UEA as a writing fellow

The novelist and literary journalist Henry Sutton has been appointed as UEA's latest Writing Fellow, succeeding Toby Litt and joining a long list of distinguished writers to have held the position since the inception of creative writing at UEA in 1971, among them Anthony Twaite, David Lodge, Paul Bailey, Maggie Gee, Adam Mars Jones, Paul Muldoon, Michele Roberts, Ali Smith and John Boyne. Henry is currently the literary editor of the Daily Mirror and regularly contributes book features to the Independent on Sunday. He is the author of five novels - Gorleston, Bank Holiday Monday, The Househunter, Flying and Kid's Stuff - as well as a collection of stories, Thong Nation. His latest novel My Big Break will be published by Harvill Secker next year. Read more.

Tue, 23 Sep 2008

Andrew Miller's new novel

One Morning Like a Cloud, the fifth novel by Andrew Miller, has been published by Sceptre. Andrew graduated from the Creative Writing MA at UEA in 1990 and subsequently took a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Lancaster University. His first novel, Ingenious Pain, was published in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Italian Grinzane Cavour Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Casanova was published in 1998, and Oxygen, which was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel Award, was published in 2001. His fourth novel, The Optimists, came out in 2005. Andrew was born in 1960 in Bristol and has lived and worked in a number of countries, including Spain, France, Holland and Japan.

Tue, 16 Sep 2008

UEA writers in .Cent magazine

Two recent alumni of the Creative Writing MA have been selected for inclusion in the latest issue of .Cent magazine, a bi-annual journal which is guest edited by prominent professionals in the fields of fashion, art, music, design, illustration or literature. The current edition is edited by Kevin Carrigan, the Creative Director of Calvin Klein, and includes works by Katy Darby, who graduated from the MA in 2006, and Ali South, who is graduating this year. Read more.

Thu, 11 Sep 2008

Two UEA authors longlisted for Guardian Award

Two UEA creative writing alumni have been included on the longlist of ten books competing for the Guardian First Book Award 2008. For further details, click on the heading above.

Fri, 29 Aug 2008

Clare Wigfall's debut in paperback

Clare Wigfall's debut collection of short stories The Loudest Sound and Nothing is published in paperback by Faber and Faber today. Clare completed her MA at UEA in 2000 and was the winner of this year's £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award for her story The Numbers. Read more.

Thu, 21 Aug 2008

Deirdre Madden's latest novel published by Faber

Molly Fox's Birthday, the latest novel by Deirdre Madden, has been published by Faber & Faber. Deirdre was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and completed her BA at Trinity College, Dublin, before graduating from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1985. She held writing fellowships at University College, Cork, and Trinity College, Dublin, and has since lived for extended periods in Italy and France. She presently lives in Paris. Deirdre has published six previous novels for adults as well as two novels for children. Her fiction as won numerous awards, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Hennessy Award. One by One in the Darkness was shortlisted for the 1997 Orange Prize.

Sat, 9 Aug 2008

Strange Music, a second novel by Laura Fish

Strange Music, a second novel by Laura Fish, has been published by Jonathan Cape. Laura took her MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2001-02 and went on to complete a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2007, after which she was awarded a UK Academic Fellowship in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, which lasts for five years and leads to a permanent position as a lecturer. Laura's first novel, Flight of Black Swans, was published by Duckworth in 1995. Read more.

Fri, 8 Aug 2008

Kathryn Simmonds shortlisted for the Forward Prize

Sunday at the Skin Launderette, the debut collection of poems by Kathryn Simmonds, has been shortlisted for this year's Forward Prize for Best First Collection. The prize is worth £10,000 and the winner will be announced on 8 October. Kathryn graduated from the Creative Writing Poetry MA in 2002 and was nominated earlier this year as one of The Guardian's 'Twelve Young Poets to Watch'. Read more.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008

Mohammed Hanif longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize

A Case of Exploding Mangoes, the first novel by Creative Writing MA graduate Mohammed Hanif (2005), has been longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize. Mohammed is currently head of the BBC's Urdu Service in London, having previously worked in print journalism and served in the Pakistan Air Force. The Man Booker Prize was won last year by UEA graduate Anne Enright (1987). This year's prize will be announced on 14 October.

Wed, 30 Jul 2008

UEA alumni to be featured at the next Plum reading event

The next Plum reading event at the Whitechapel Gallery in London will take place on Thursday 7 August and will feature readings from UEA alumni Kathryn Simmonds and Luke Williams as well as poet Siddhartha Bose and the 2005 UEA Charles Pick Writing Fellow Brian Chikwava. Plum was founded by Luke Williams and fellow MA graduate Natasha Soobramanien in 2003, initially at Public Life, an East End bar in a converted public toilet, and has since hosted readings by many new and established writers including Naomi Alderman, Elspeth Barker, Andrew Cowan, Doug Cowie, Joe Dunthorne, Ryan Gattis, Helon Habila, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Roddy Lumsden, Mark McNay and Sophie Woolley. Read more.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008

The Queen's Sorrow, the third historical novel by Suzannah Dunn

Suzannah Dunn's third historical novel, The Queen's Sorrow, has been published by HarperPress, following The Queen of Subtleties (2004) and The Sixth Wife (2007). Suzannah graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 1989 and was for some years the course director of the Creative Writing MA at Manchester University. She is the author of five other, critically acclaimed novels and two collections of short stories.

Mon, 21 Jul 2008

Mark McNay's second novel published by Canongate

Under Control, the second novel by Mark McNay, has been published by Canongate. Mark graduated from the Creative Writing MA with distinction in 2004 and won both the 2007 Saltire First Book of the Year Award and the Arts Foundation New Fiction Award for his first novel, Fresh, published last year. Read more.

Sun, 20 Jul 2008

Clare Wigfall wins the BBC National Short Story Award

Clare Wigfall has been announced as the winner of the £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award for her story The Numbers, which is set in the Outer Hebrides and concerns a woman with a superstitious preoccupation with numbers. Clare was born in London in 1976 and lived for some time as a child in Berkeley, California. She completed a BA in English & American Literature at Manchester in 1998, after which she worked in an art gallery in Prague before coming to UEA to take her MA in Creative Writing, from which she graduated in 2000. Her debut collection of stories The Loudest Sound and Nothing was published by Faber & Faber last year. The BBC Short Story Award attracted 600 entries and among the four other shortlisted authors were Richard Beard, who graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1995, and Erin Soros, who was this year's Charles Pick Writing Fellow at UEA. Read more.

Mon, 14 Jul 2008

A Case of Exploding Mangoes selected as Book of the Month by BBC Five Live

UEA MA graduate Mohammed Hanif's debut novel A Case Of Exploding Mangoes has been selected as Book Of The Month by Simon Mayo's Book Panel on BBC Five Live.

Sun, 6 Jul 2008

The latest book by Clive Sinclair

Clive Sinclair graduated with a BA from UEA in 1969 and later attended Creative Writing MA workshops with Malcolm Bradbury while completing his PhD here. He is the author of four novels, several works of non-fiction and three collections of short stories, including the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Hearts of Gold. He was chosen as one of the original Granta Best of Young British Novelists in 1983, and between 1983 and 1987 was the literary editor of the Jewish Chronicle. Clive returned to UEA for an extended term as the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow between 2004 and 2006. His latest book, described as 'Dodgy Realism, a melange of fact, fantasy and fiction', is called Clive Sinclair's True Tales of the Wild West and is published by Picador today.

Fri, 4 Jul 2008

Creative Writing alumni shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award

Two Creative Writing alumni and UEA's most recent Charles Pick Writing Fellow have been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Richard Beard, who graduated from the MA in 1995, is shortlisted for Guidelines for Measures to Cope with Disgraceful and Other Events, while Clare Wigfall, who graduated in 2000, is shortlisted for The Numbers. Erin Soros, who completed her Fellowship this year and has since joined UEA's Creative and Critical Writing PhD programme, is shortlisted for Surge. The other two shortlisted authors are Jane Gardam for The People on Privilege Hill' and Adam Thorpe for The Names. The prize is world's largest award for a single short story, with £15,000 going to the winner, £3,000 to the runner-up, and £500 to each of the other shortlisted authors. The result will be announced on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on 14th July, and each of the stories will be read on Radio 4 in the week prior to the announcement. Read more.

Fri, 4 Jul 2008

Two recent graduates receive awards for their writing

Tat Usher, who graduated from the Creative Writing MA last year, has been awarded a Scottish Book Trust / Scottish Arts Council New Writers Award to develop her first novel Goatman, which she began while on the MA. The award is worth £2000, plus nine months' professional mentoring and introductions to publishers and agents. Meanwhile, James Midgley has been awarded an Eric Gregory Award of £4000. James has just completed his BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA. He was runner-up in the 2007 Poetry Business Competition and edits the poetry journal Mimesis.

Tue, 1 Jul 2008

MA graduate Lauren Frankel featured in Untitled Books

The latest issue of the online journal Untitled Books features a new short story by MA graduate Lauren Frankel, entitled Notes on a Grave. Lauren graduated in 2005 and was the recipient of that year's David Higham Award. Her writing has previously been performed on Radio 4, and she is currently working on her first novel Hyacinth Girl. She was born in Connecticut and currently lives in Buckinghamshire. Two other 2005 alumni are featured in this issue - Joe Dunthorne and Mohammed Hanif. A short story by recent graduate Divya Ghelani (2007) appeared in the inaugural edition of the magazine.

Tue, 17 Jun 2008

New novel by MA alumna Janette Jenkins

Angel of Brooklyn is the latest novel by 1995 MA alumna Janette Jenkins and is published this week by Chatto & Windus. Janette was born in Bolton and trained as an actress before coming to UEA, where she graduated in the same year as Richard Beard, John Boyne, Toby Litt, Bo Fowler, and Sue Hubbard. Her previous novels are Columbus Day (1999) and Another Elvis Love Child (2002). In 2003 she was awarded an Alumni Fellowship by the University of Bolton. She now lives in Durham. 

Wed, 11 Jun 2008

First novel by recent Creative Writing graduate

Recent Creative Writing graduate K R Moorhead (pictured) has sold the rights to her first novel The First Law of Motion to St Martin's Press in the USA. It will be published next year. Originally from Philadelphia, Kate did her first degree in English Literature at Temple University and came to UEA as an undergraduate exchange student for the 2003-04 academic year. She began the novel while doing her MA at UEA in 2007 and completed it soon after graduation in September. Kate currently lives in Norwich and is working on her second novel, Future Tense. Read more.

Tue, 10 Jun 2008

A Case of Exploding Mangoes, by Mohammed Hanif

A Case of Exploding Mangoes, the first novel by Mohammed Hanif (pictured), is published this week in the UK by Jonathan Cape. The novel was published last month by Knopf in the USA. Mohammed was born in Okara, Pakistan and is currently head of BBC's Urdu Service in London. After leaving the Pakistan Air Force Academy he became a journalist and worked for Newsline, India Today, and The Washington Post. He graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2005, having previously written plays for the stage and screen, including a critically acclaimed BBC drama and the feature film The Long Night. Read more.

Thu, 5 Jun 2008

Rose Tremain wins the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction

UEA Distinguished Writing Fellow, Rose Tremain, has won this year's £30,000 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for her novel The Road Home. Rose graduated from UEA in 1967 and subsequently returned to teach on the Creative Writing MA between 1988 and 1995. Her first novel, Sadler's Birthday, was published in 1976 and among her many other acclaimed novels and short story collections are Restoration (1989), which won the Angel Literary Award and the Sunday Express Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, 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, and The Colour (2004), which was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize in 2004. She was awarded a CBE in 2007.

Wed, 4 Jun 2008

The Book of Love by Sarah Bower published in paperback

The Book of Love, Sarah Bower's second historical novel, has been published in paperback by Snowbooks. Sarah graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2002 and her first novel, The Needle In The Blood, was published in the UK last year and in the USA earlier this year. Read more.

Sun, 1 Jun 2008

UEA alumni in Hay Literary Festival's 21st Anniversary list of 21 remarkable writers

To celebrate its 21st anniversary the Hay Literary Festival has nominated 21 writers "who may not be so familiar, but who we think are remarkable". They include 1998 UEA Poetry alumnus, Owen Sheers, whose debut novel Resistance was published last year, and two graduates of the 2004-05 Prose Fiction MA, Joe Dunthorne and Mohammed Hanif, whose debut novels Submarine and A Case of Exploding Mangoes are published this year. Meanwhile, Poetry MA graduate Kathryn Simmonds (2002) has been named in The Guardian this week as one of 'Twelve Young Poets to Watch' Read more.

Mon, 26 May 2008

The Broken Word, a verse novella by Adam Foulds

The Broken Word, a verse novella by Adam Foulds (pictured above), has been published by Cape. Adam's first novel The Truth About These Strange Times was published last year and won a Betty Trask Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award (which was won last year by UEA graduate Naomi Alderman). Adam's novel was also shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.

Mon, 26 May 2008

Amit Chaudhuri's collection of essays

UEA Professor of Contemporary Literature, Amit Chaudhuri, has published a collection of critical essays called 'Clearing a Space', written over the last fifteen years and addressing such subjects as 'Indianness', empire and nationalism, Indian and Western cinema, politics, race and globalisation. Amit is the author of several works of fiction, poetry and criticism and teaches on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing programmes at UEA.

Fri, 23 May 2008

Blackmoor, the first novel by UEA alumnus Edward Hogan

Blackmoor, the first novel by UEA alumnus Edward Hogan, has just been published by Simon and Schuster. Edward was born in the former mining village of West Hallam in Derbyshire in 1980 and graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2004. Whilst on the MA he was the recipient of the £5,000 David Higham Award, previously won by Naomi Alderman.

Wed, 14 May 2008

Simon Scarrow's latest novel, Centurian

Simon Scarrow's latest novel about Roman soldiers, Centurian, has just been published by Hodder Headline, entering the Sunday Times Bestseller list at number four. Simon completed an MA at UEA in 1992. Read more.

Tue, 13 May 2008

Complete Twentieth Century Blues by Robert Sheppard

Salt Publishing has just published Complete Twentieth Century Blues by Robert Sheppard, the definitive edition of a network of interrelated texts written between 1989 and 2000. Robert was the first poet to join in the Creative Writing MA, graduating in 1979, and is currently Professor of Poetry and Poetics and Edge Hill University. He has published numerous volumes of poetry and is included in the Oxford Anthology of British and Irish Poetry. A sonnet sequence, Warrant Error, is due to be published by Shearsman in 2009.

Mon, 12 May 2008

A new non-fiction book by Richard Beard

Becoming Drucilla: One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders, the new non-fiction book by Richard Beard (pictured above), is published this week by Harvill Secker. Richard graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1995 and has since published for novels - x20 (1996), Damascus (1998), The Cartoonist (2000) and Dry Bones (2004) - and two other works of non-fiction - Muddied Oafs: The Last Days of Rugger (2003) and Beating the Australians (2006). Between 2003 and 2006 Richard was a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo. He now lives in Strasbourg, France. Read more.

Tue, 6 May 2008

Adam Foulds awarded the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award

Adam Foulds, who graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2000, has been awarded the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for his first novel The Truth About These Strange Times, which last year won a Betty Trask Award. Adam is 33 and lives in South London. He read English at St Catherine's Oxford and graduated from UEA in the same year as Clare Allan, Doug Cowie, Panos Karnezis, Ben Rice and Clare Wigfall. After graduation he received the Harper-Wood felowship from St John's College, Cambridge. His poetry has appeared in magazines such as Arete, Strand and Quadrant and he is shortly to publish a verse novella The Broken Word. Previous recipients of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award include UEA Creative Writing alumni Andrew Cowan (Pig, 1995) and Naomi Alderman (Disobedience, 2007).

Sat, 3 May 2008

Daniel Timms wins the Curtis Brown Prize

Daniel Timms has become the latest recipient of the £2,500 Curtis Brown Prize, which is awarded annually to the best student on the prose fiction MA, as chosen by a panel of Curtis Brown agents. The prize was established by the agency in memory of their colleague Giles Gordon and the inaugural award went to Joe Dunthorne in 2006 for his novel Submarine, which was published earlier this year by Penguin. Tamara Britten won the prize in 2007 for her novel-in-progress Flame of the Forest. Daniel (pictured with agent Elizabeth Sheinkman) worked for a number of years in Brussels for the European Union before coming to the UEA, and is now working for Oxfam in Oxford while completing his first novel. Read more.

Fri, 2 May 2008

Salt, the first novel by Jeremy Page

Salt, the first novel by Jeremy Page, has just been published in paperback by Penguin. Jeremy completed his MA at UEA in 2002. For further information about Jeremy and his UEA contemporaries click on the heading above.

Mon, 21 Apr 2008

Three UEA Writers at Dublin Writers Festival

Three UEA writers will be appearing at this year's Dublin Writers Festival, which will take place between 11th and 15th June. Ann Enright, who last year won the man Booker Prize for Fiction, graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1987. John Boyne, whose novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has become an international bestseller, graduated in 1995. Helon Habila is currently completing his PhD at UEA and was previously UEA's African Writing Fellow. Read more.

Sat, 19 Apr 2008

Rose Tremain shortlisted for Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction

UEA Distinguished Writing Fellow and former tutor in Creative Writing, Rose Tremain, has been shortlisted for this year's Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for her tenth novel, The Road Home. Her previous novel The Colour was shortlisted for the prize in 2004. The winner of this year's prize of £30,000 will be announced on June 4th.

Wed, 16 Apr 2008

Three early novels by Glenn Patterson reissued

Three early novels by Glenn Patterson (MA 1986) have just been reissued by Blackstaff Press. Glenn began writing Burning Your Own (1988) while doing his Creative Writing MA at UEA. It went on to win the Betty Task Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. The other books to be reissued are Fat Lad (1992) and The International (1999). Glenn returned to UEA as a Creative Writing Fellow in 1992, and subsequently taught at the University College Cork and Queen's University Belfast. He has published seven other books and worked as a film-maker and an arts' show presenter on TV. Read more.

Mon, 14 Apr 2008

The Semantics of Murder, a first novel by Alfric Campbell

The Semantics of Murder, a first novel by Aifric Campbell (pictured above), is published today by Serpent's Tail. Aifric completed her MA at UEA in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing last year. She taught on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme in 2006 and 2007. She previously completed a degree in Linguistics and lectured in semantics at the University of Gothenburg, and worked for thirteen years as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley before leaving to study psychotherapy. She is currently writing her second novel, set in the financial markets of the 1980s. Read more.

Fri, 11 Apr 2008

Ian McEwan wins two 'Nibbies' at the British Book Awards

Ian McEwan, the inaugural graduate of UEA's Creative Writing MA in 1971, has won two 'Nibbies' at this year's British Book Awards, both for his most recent novel On Chesil Beach, which was last year nominated for the Booker Prize. The novel was chosen as the Galaxy Book of the Year while McEwan himself was chosen as the Reader's Digest Author of the Year. Read more.

Fri, 11 Apr 2008

Divya Ghelani to appear in launch edition of Untitled Books

A short story by Divya Ghelani (pictured) is to appear in this month's launch edition of Untitled Books along with work by Joe Dunthorne (MA 2005). Untitiled Books is a new literary website which will publish monthly features, articles, interviews, author recommendations, poetry and short fiction. Divya's story is called 'The Poison Factory Conference' and will be published with specially commissioned art work. She completed the MA in Creative Writing last year, having previously worked for BBC magazines. On graduation she won a place on the Know India program, hosted by the government of Goa. She is now writing her first novel. Read more.

Tue, 1 Apr 2008

Poppy Shakespeare, by Clare Allen, adapted for Channel 4

The TV adaptation of Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allen (MA 2000) will be shown on Channel 4 this evening. The film has been produced by Cowboy Films, who were responsible for the Oscar-winning adaptation of The Last King of Scotland, based on the novel by UEA Professor of Creative Writing Giles Foden. Poppy Shakespeare was last year shortlisted for the Guardian Book Prize, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and the Arts Foundation Award. Read more.

Mon, 31 Mar 2008

Amit Chaudhuri to judge international Booker Prize

UEA Professor of Contemporary Literature Amit Chaudhuri has been appointed as one of three judges of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize, alongside the novelist Jane Smiley and novelist, film-maker and essayist Andrey Kurkov. Worth £60,000, the prize is awarded biennially to a living author at the discretion of the judges. The previous winners are Ismail Kadare (2005) and Chinua Achebe (2007). This year's award will be announced in May of next year. Amit Chaudhuri is the author of four novels, a book of short stories, a book of poems, a critical study of DH Lawrence's poetry, and is the editor of the Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature. Among the awards he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Writers Prize, a Betty Trask award, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Government of India's Sahitya Akademi award. He teaches on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing programmes at UEA.

Wed, 19 Mar 2008

Rose Tremain longlisted for this year's Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction

UEA Distinguished Writing Fellow and former tutor in Creative Writing, Rose Tremain, has been longlisted for this year's Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for her tenth novel, The Road Home, along with Anne Enright, who graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1987. Anne is longlisted for The Gathering, her fourth novel, which last year won the Man Brooker Prize for Fiction. The shortlist will be announced on 8th April.

Tue, 18 Mar 2008

I play the drums in a band called okay, by Tony Litt

I play the drums in a band called okay is the ninth book by Toby Lite (MA 1995) and has just been published by Hamish Hamilton. Toby is the current Creative Writing Fellow at UEA and teaches on our undergraduate programme. His previous books are: Adventures in Capitalism (1996), Beatniks: An English Road Movie (1997), Corpsing (2000), Exibitionism (2001), Deadkidsongs (2001), Finding Myself (2003), Ghost Story (2004) and Hospital (2007).

Sun, 16 Mar 2008

Talking Pictures, by Anne Enright

Talking Pictures, a new collection of short stories by Anne Enright (MA 1987), is published today by Jonathan Cape. Anne's previous novel The Gathering was the winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize for fiction and will be published in paperback later this month. Read more.

Thu, 6 Mar 2008

New radio play by Kathryn Simmonds

Kathryn graduated from the Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2002 and has since achieved great success with her poetry and short stories. Last year she won the Wigtown Poetry Prize, the largest poetry competition in Scotland. Her first collection of poetry Sunday at the Skin Launderette is published this month by Seren and is a poetry Book Society Recommendation. Read more.

Tue, 26 Feb 2008

Sunday at the Skin Laundrette, by Kathryn Simmonds

Sunday at the Skin Launderette, a first collection of poetry by Kathryn Simmonds, will be published later this month by Seren. Kathryn graduated from the Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2002, and won an Eric Gregory Award that same year. She was awarded an Eastern Arts Bursary in 2003, and won the Poetry London competition in 2006. Her short story Pentecost was shortlisted for the 2007 Asham Award. Another story The Handover Notes is being adapted as a short film, and her first radio play Poetry for Beginners will be broadcast on Radio 4 later this month. Kathryn's poems have appeared in Poetry London, PN Review, Exquisite Corpse and Boomerang. Her pamphlet of poems Snug was a winner in the Poetry Business competition, and she recently completed the New Writing Programme at The Royal Court. She is working on her first stage play and writing a novel. Sunday at the Skin Launderette is a Poetry Book Society recommendation and Kathryn will be reading from it at the Cambridge Word Fest in March. Read more.

Mon, 11 Feb 2008

Submarine, by Joe Dunthorne

Submarine the first novel by Joe Dunthorne, is published today by Hamish Hamilton.

Thu, 7 Feb 2008

The Second Child, a novella by John Boyne

The Second Child, a novella by John Boyne (MA 1995), will be published later this month by New Island as part of the 'Open Door' series aimed at improving adult literacy. All royalties will be donated to Childline Ireland. Read more.

Sat, 2 Feb 2008

Beneath the Deluge, by Catherine M Brennan

Beneath the Deluge, a debut collection of poetry by Catherine M Brennan (pictured), is to be published by Cinnamon Press later this month. Catherine was born in Dublin and is a student on the poetry strand of this year's MA in Creative Writing. Another current student, Meirion Jordan, will publish his first collection Moonrise with Seren in October.

Fri, 1 Feb 2008

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (MA 1995) has returned to the top of the Irish bestseller chart, its 60th week at number one. Published two years ago in the UK, and subsequently translated into 32 languages, the book has been made into a film starring David Thewlis which will be released next month. John's sixth novel Mutiny on the Bounty will be published in the UK this May. A novella, The Second Child, will be published in February with all royalties going to Childline Ireland. Read more.

Sat, 12 Jan 2008

Joe Dunthorne and Mohammed Hanif publish first novels

First Novels by two recent UEA alumni have been nominated as 'books to watch' in 2008.

Thu, 3 Jan 2008