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Tiffany Murray's new novel

Tiffany Murray's second novel 'Diamond Star Halo' will be published on 4th January by Portobello Books and has been chosen as The Hay Festival's Book of The Month for January. Foreign rights have been sold in Germany and Holland. Tiffany graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 1999 and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2006. Her first novel 'Happy Accidents' was shortlisted for the Bollinger/Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing, and in 2005 she received an Arts Council Award. While completing her PhD she taught on UEA's undergraduate programme and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. Read more.

Thu, 10 Dec 2009

KR Moorhead's first novel

Recent Creative Writing graduate K R Moorhead (pictured) has published her first novel ‘The First Law of Motion' with St Martin's Press in the USA. 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. Kate currently lives in Norwich and is working on her second novel. She teaches on the undergraduate creative writing programme at UEA.

Fri, 4 Dec 2009

Mohammed Hanif wins German book prize

Mohammed Hanif (pictured) has been announced as the winner of the Literature Prize at the 2009 Corine International Book Awards in Germany for his first novel 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes'. The prize was awarded in Munich last week and broadcast on German national TV. Earlier this year ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes' won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Europe and South Asia Best First Book category. It was also shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. Mohammed graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2005.

Tue, 1 Dec 2009

Naomi Alderman shortlisted for BBC Short Story Award

UEA Prose Fiction graduate Naomi Alderman (pictured) is one of five writers selected for this year's BBC National Short Story award, which is worth £15,000 to the winner and will be announced on Radio 4's Front Row on 7th December. Naomi completed her Creative Writing MA in 2003, when she was that year's recipient of the David Higham Award, and published her first novel ‘Disobedience' in 2006. ‘Disobedience' won the Orange Prize for New Writers in 2006 and The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award in 2007, when Naomi was also selected as one of Waterstone's 25 Authors for the Future. The BBC National Short Story award was last year won by UEA alumna Clare Wigfall (2000), from a shortlist that included Richard Beard, who completed the MA in 1995, and current PhD student Erin Soros. Naomi' short story ‘Other People's Gods' will be broadcast on Radio 4 this afternoon.

Mon, 30 Nov 2009

Short Story Award for Natasha Soobramanien

Natasha Soobramanien has been awarded the £1000 second prize in the annual international Bridport short story prize, judged this year by Ali Smith. Natasha completed her MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2002 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. Her writing has previously appeared in ‘Magnetic Promenade and other Sculpture Parks', edited by Chris Evans, and ‘New Writing 14', edited by Lavinia Greenlaw and Helon Habila, and she has recently contributed three chapters to Luke Williams' novel The Echo Chamber, which will be published next year. Together with Luke, who is also a UEA graduate, Natasha organises Plum, an occasional live literature night: www.plumlive.co.uk. Also shortlisted for this year's Bridport short story prize are UEA MA alumni CD Rose (2007) and Tamsin Evans (2008) and current undergraduate Bethany Proud, who is in the second year of her BA in English Literature with Creative Writing. Shortlisted for the Bridport poetry prize, which was judged by Jackie Kay, were UEA MA graduate Sue Hubbard (1995) and current PhD student Sam Riviere.

Sat, 28 Nov 2009

Stephanie Leal's first collection

'Metrophobia' is the debut collection of poetry by Stephanie Leal, and is published by Penned in the Margins. Stephanie is a performance poet, originally from New Jersey, USA, who graduated from the UEA Poetry MA in 2007 and has since appeared at numerous venues around the UK. Read more.

Mon, 23 Nov 2009

Paul Batchelor wins Stephen Spender Prize

UEA Poetry MA alumnus Paul Batchelor has won this year's Times Stephen Spender Prize for poetry translation for ‘The Damned' from Inferno, Canto V, by Dante Alighieri. Earlier this year Paul also won the £5,000 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition, which was announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, for his poem ‘Comeuppance'. Paul graduated from the MA in 2000 and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2003. His first collection, ‘The Sinking Road', was published by Bloodaxe last year and was shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and the Glen Dimplex Prize for Best First Collection. Paul is currently editing a collection of essays on Barry MacSweeney's poetry. Read more.

Mon, 23 Nov 2009

Antoinette Fawcett placed second in Keats-Shelley Prize

Current PhD student Antoinette Fawcett has been placed second in the 2009 Keats-Shelley Prize for her poem 'Where Places Exist'. The prize was judged by Professor Janet Todd and the poets John Hartley Williams and Matthew Sweeney, and is awarded annually for poems of 'modern relevance and Romantic inspiration'. For her PhD Antoinette is translating two Dutch modernist poets, Nijhoff and Achterberg.

Thu, 19 Nov 2009

Tat Usher on Radio 4

Fifty-One, a new short story by Tat Usher, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 today at 15.30. The story, about a teenager who spends her evenings swimming lengths of her local pool, is one of three in the Scottish Shorts series. Tat (pictured) graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2007 and last year received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award to work on her first novel 'Goatman'.

Wed, 18 Nov 2009

Fflur Dafydd and Anthony Cartwright nominated for People's Book Prize

Two graduates of UEA's Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA have been selected for The People's Book Prize, which offers library users the chance to vote for their favourite book from a selection of titles online, between now and July next year. Fflur Dafydd's novel 'Twenty Thousand Saints' is one of those chosen for October, while Anthony Cartwright's novel 'Heartland' has been selected for November. There is an overall vote and award ceremony in July. Fflur graduated from the MA in 2000 and earlier this year won the Oxfam Hay Prize for Emerging Writers and the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Anthony graduated from the MA in 1996, and won a Betty Trask Award for his first novel 'The Afterglow' in 2004. For more information on the prize please click on the heading above.

Wed, 18 Nov 2009

Owen Sheers's new book

'White Ravens', the new novella by Owen Sheers, is a contemporary response to the Mabinogion myth ‘Branwen Daughter of Llyr' and is published by Seren this month. Owen graduated from the Poetry strand of UEA's Creative Writing MA in 1998, and his first collection, 'The Blue Book' was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize in 2000, while his second collection 'Skirrid Hill' received a Somerset Maugham Award in 2006. 'The Dust Diaries' was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize in 2005 and his novel 'Resistance' was published in 2007. Read more.

Mon, 16 Nov 2009

Radio 4 story by Claire Griffiths

A new short story by recent Creative Writing MA graduate Claire Griffiths has been commissioned by the radio production company Sweet Talk for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2010. Claire (pictured) graduated from UEA in 2007 with a first class degree in American Literature with Creative Writing, after which she joined the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA. Her creative writing has appeared in several publications, including Canada's 'Feathertale Review'. She current works in journalism and is writing her first novel.

Sun, 15 Nov 2009

George Szirtes shortlisted for TS Eliot Prize

The poet and translator George Szirtes, who is a Reader in Poetry at UEA and teaches poetry on both the undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing programmes, has been shortlisted for this year's TS Eliot Prize for his latest collection 'The Burning of the Books and Other Poems'. George was born in Budapest and came to England as a refugee following the Hungarian Uprising in 1956. He trained a painter and is the author (and editor) of numerous collections of poetry, the first of which, 'The Slant Door', won the Faber Memorial Prize. 'Reel' won the 2005 T.S. Eliot Prize, while his 'New and Collected Poems' was published by Bloodaxe last year, along with a major study of his work, 'Reading George Szirtes' by John Sears. The winner of this year's TS Eliot Prize will be announced on 18th January and will receive £15,000. Read more

Mon, 9 Nov 2009

Seonaid Mackay's first book

Recent MA creative writing graduate Seonaid Mackay is to publish her first book - a collection of short stories, illustrated by herself - with Visual Editions, a new independent publisher specialising in literary fiction and non-fiction characterised by its use of 'visual writing'. A new work by Jonathan Safran Foer will be Visual Editions' launch title in June 2010, to be followed by a new edition of 'The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman' by Laurence Sterne with a visual essay by Zoe Sadokierski. Seonaid (pictured) studied illustration and graphic design at Glasgow School of Art and The Royal College of Art and worked in London as an experimental film-maker, a commercials director and graphic designer for television before joining the MA part-time in 2007. Read more.

Mon, 9 Nov 2009

First Novel by Rob Magnuson Smith

'The Gravedigger' is the debut novel by current UEA creative writing student Rob Magnuson Smith and will published by the University of New Orleans Press next year. Rob grew up in England, attended high school in Oregon, and graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California with degrees in philosophy and psychology. He joined the Prose Fiction MA this year from his home in Los Angeles and was this year's recipient of the David Higham Award. 'The Gravedigger' has previously won the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Award.

Thu, 29 Oct 2009

Jane Ormerod's debut poetry collection

Jane Ormerod's first full-length poetry collection 'Recreational Vehicles on Fire' has been published by Three Rooms Press in the USA. Born in England, Jane moved to New York in 2004. She originally studied fine art and exhibited widely before completing her MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA in 1997. Her chapbook '11 Films' was published last year, and a spoken word CD 'Nashville Invades Manhattan' was released in 2007. Her work has been published in a wide range of anthologies and journals. Read more.

Wed, 28 Oct 2009

Five UEA alumni in Tindal Street anthology

Five graduates of the UEA Creative Writing MA have been included in 'Roads Ahead', an anthology of new writing published this month to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Tindal Street Press and edited by Catherine O'Flynn, whose first novel 'What Was Lost' was the winner of the 2008 Costa first novel prize. Dea Brovig joined the Prose Fiction MA in September 2008 after several years working in publishing and is currently writing a novel, 'The Strong Man', set in her native Norway. Sarah Butler graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2004 and has since set up a consultancy called UrbanWords which manages literature-based projects that engage with the process of regeneration. She was a writer-in-residence on the London Underground earlier this year. Both Megan Dunn and Katy Darby graduated from the MA in 2006. Katy was the 2005 recipient of the David Higham Award and recently came second in the US-based PARSEC prize for fiction with her story 'The Proxy'. Kathryn Simmonds graduated from the Poetry MA in 2002 and has since won the Forward Prize Best First Collection Prize and the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for her 2008 debut poetry collection 'Sunday at the Skin Launderette'.

Sun, 18 Oct 2009

A second short story by Zoe Green in Untitled Books

Issue 16 of the online magazine Untitled Books features a new short story by Zoe Green called 'Checkpoint'. Zoe graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2005 and has previously published short stories in Harper's, The London Magazine, and issue 13 of Untitled Books. She won the Harpers and Queen Orange prize for short fiction in 2006 and was shortlisted for Vogue New Young Writer in 1999. Read more.

Fri, 16 Oct 2009

Lawrence Bradby's artists' book collaboration

'Mechanical Operations in Cambourne' is an artists' book produced collaboratively by the architect and performance artist Helen Stratford and UEA Creative Writing alumnus Lawrence Bradby. The book describes the built environment of the new model village of Cambourne through a series of drawings and pseudo-scientific reports and will launched at the ICA in London on 19th November. Lawrence graduated from the Poetry MA in 2003 and is the author of two poetry pamphlets, 'Breathe In, Conk Out' and 'The Best Bloody Job In The World', as well as 'The Bookmark Book' and 'Sweep and Veer', two publications arising from site-specific art projects undertaken as one half of the collaborative artist duo, Townley and Bradby.

Mon, 12 Oct 2009

Writing Fellows at UEA

Three new Writing Fellows have been appointed to the School of Literature and Creative Writing at UEA for this academic year. Hanh Hoang has been awarded the David T.K. Wong Fellowship, which is worth £26,000 and lasts for twelve months. She succeeds Nam Le, who last year won the Dylan Thomas Award for his collection of stories, 'The Boat'. Hanh was born in Vietnam and educated in France and the United States, and is a PhD student in creative writing at Florida State University. While at UEA she will be working on a novel set in Vietnam. The Charles Pick Fellowship, worth £10,000 is shared this year by Birgit Larsson and Simidele Awosika. Birgit is Swedish and Icelandic and currently lives in New York, where she works on community building projects and in youth work. While at UEA she will be working on a collection of stories set in Sweden and Iceland. Simi Awosika was a journalist in Nigeria and until recently worked at the Greater London Authority. She has just completed an MA in Writing at the University of East London and is currently working on a novel set in Nigeria. Read more.

Wed, 7 Oct 2009

Gillian Daly, Belona Greenwood, Linda Randall and Sarah Ridgard chosen for Escalator scheme

Four recent UEA Creative Writing alumni are among the ten winners of this year's Escalator Literature competition, which open to early career writers of literary fiction and creative non-fiction. Gillian Daly (pictured) has just completed the Prose Fiction MA and is writing a novel called 'The Wash'. She is a lecturer in Law at UEA and was shortlisted for the 2009 Asham Award. Belona Greenwood completed the Scriptwriting MA in 2005 and is writing an exploration of the cultural history of unmarried mothers called 'Shadow Madonnas'. Bel has worked as a journalist across Europe and currently runs the schools and community literature project The Greenword Tree. Linda Randall completed the Lifewriting MA in 2006 and is writing a biography of Effie Gray, the wife of the art critic John Ruskin, called 'Effie Gray, Fair Maid of Perth', which has also been shortlisted for the Biographer's Club Prize. Sarah Ridgard completed the Prose Fiction MA with distinction in 2002 and is writing a novel called 'Seldom Seen', a rural mystery set in Suffolk. She was shortlisted for this year's Mslexia short story competition. A fifth writer with a UEA connection was also among the winners - the poet Deborah Arnander, who recently completed the Postgrad Certificate in Creative Writing which is offered by UEA's Centre for Continuing Education - while two other UEA alumni, Ashley Stokes (Prose MA, 1998) and Sally Alexander (Prose MA 2004) were Highly Commended. Their work can be accessed by clicking on the heading above. The Escalator scheme is funded by the Arts Council and offers both a cash prize and a year-long programme of mentoring and training. The winners of this year's competition were Michelle Spring, Sal Cline, Midge Gillies, Katharine McMahon and Courttia Newland. Read more.

Tue, 29 Sep 2009

David Wilson wins UEA Booker scholarship

The inaugural UEA Booker Scholarship for a student enrolled on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose) has been awarded to David Wilson (pictured), who is 24 and joins us from Canada, where he recently completed his BA in Philosophy and Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. The scholarship, which is sponsored by the Booker Prize Foundation, covers both academic fees and living and travel expenses and is open to all students from the UK, Commonwealth countries and Ireland who have accepted the offer of a place on the course. The annual David Higham Award, which is worth £5,000 and is chosen by a panel of agents at the David Higham Associates literary agency, has been awarded to Rob Magnuson Smith, who joins us from San Francisco, California. Previous recipients of the David Higham Award include prizewinning novelists Naomi Alderman (MA 2003) and Edward Hogan (MA 2004). The winners of this year's Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarships are Tom Benn and Andrew Parrott, who will each receive £4,000, while the recipient of the 2009 Seth Donaldson Memorial Prize, worth £1,000, is Georgina Codd. All the prizes are awarded on the basis of the creative writing portfolio submitted by students for admission onto the MA.

Tue, 15 Sep 2009

Keith Tutt joins UEA as Writing Fellow

The new Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at UEA is to be Keith Tutt, who replaces Joyce Dunbar and Stephen Foster, both of whom have come to the end of their Fellowships. Keith graduated from Bristol University in 1981 and has since written plays, screenplays and non-fiction books as well as working as a producer and director of factual programmes for the BBC. His screenplay 'The Blue Pearl' won the National Screenwriting Competition in 1987, and in 1993 his TV documentary about Sizewell 'B' won the BT Science Journalism of the Year Award. In 2000 he won a Children's BAFTA for his work on the BBC animation series 'Pablo - the Little Red Fox'. His non-fiction titles include 'Unexplained Natural Phenomena' (1998) and 'The Search for Free Energy' (2001), since re-titled 'The Scientist, the Madman, the Thief and their Lightbulb' (2002). His picture books for children include 'Pablo Goes Hunting' (2005) and 'Pablo Meets the Neighbours' (2009). Formerly the RLF Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Keith is available to give one-to-one tuition in all aspects of writing to students from any of UEA's disciplines. Read more.

Mon, 14 Sep 2009

Adam Foulds shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

UEA Creative Writing MA graduate Adam Foulds has been shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize for his second novel 'The Quickening Maze', which was published by Jonathan Cape in May. Adam graduated from the Poetry MA in 2000, and published his first novel 'The Truth About These Strange Times' in 2007. This won a Betty Trask Award and was the recipient of the 2008 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Earlier this year he won a Somerset Maugham Award for his verse novella 'The Broken Word', which won the Costa Poetry Prize and the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize in 2008 and was shortlisted for both the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the 2009 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The winner of this year's Man Booker Prize, which is worth £50,000, will be announced on 6th October.

Tue, 8 Sep 2009

Jeremy Page, Tim Clare and Meirion Jordan shortlisted for East Anglian Book Awards

Three UEA Creative Writers have been shortlisted for this year's East Anglian Book Awards. Jeremy Page (Prose MA 1994) is nominated in the Fiction and Poetry category for his new novel 'The Wake' along with current Poetry MA student Meirion Jordan for his collection 'Strangers Hall', a sequence of historically-based poems inspired by the Norwich museum of that name. Tim Clare, who graduated from the Prose MA in 2004, is nominated in the Biography category for his memoir 'We Can't All Be Astronauts'. Jeremy Page was recently appointed as the Creative Writing Fellow at UEA for the Spring semester 2010. Also nominated for the East Anglian Book Awards, in the Places and Nature category, is 'Shuck, Hick, Tiffey', a collection of three libretti by UEA's Reader in Poetry, George Szirtes.

Fri, 4 Sep 2009

Tracy Chevalier's new novel

'Remarkable Creatures' is the sixth novel by UEA alumna Tracy Chevalier (pictured) and is published by Harper Collins today. Tracy was born in Washington DC in 1962 and moved to England in 1984, where she worked for several years in publishing. She completed the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1994 and published her first novel 'The Virgin Blue' in 1996. This was followed by 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' (1999) which was made into a film that received three Oscar nominations in 2004. She has since published 'Falling Angels' (2001), 'The Lady and the Unicorn' (2003) and 'Burning Bright' (2007). Tracy lives in London and was until recently the Chair of the Society of Authors. Read more.

Mon, 24 Aug 2009

Tim Guest dies aged 34

It has been reported in The Telegraph that Tim Guest has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 34. Tim graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1999. His memoir, 'My Life in Orange', about growing up in cult led by the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2004. His second book 'Second Lives' concerned the phenomenon of virtual worlds, a subject on which he wrote for several newspapers. Read more.

Sun, 16 Aug 2009

Fflur Dafydd wins Daniel Owen Memorial Prize

UEA Creative Writing graduate Fflur Dafydd has won this year's Daniel Owen Memorial Prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales for her novel 'Y Llyfrgell'. The prize is worth £4,600 and is given for an as yet unpublished novel of not less than 50,000 words. Fflur graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2000 and has previously published four Welsh-language novels, the third of these 'Atyniad' winning the Prose Medal at the 2006 National Eisteddfod. Her first English-language novel, 'Twenty Thousand Saints', was the recipient of the 2009 Oxfam Hay Prize for Emerging Writers. Read more.

Mon, 10 Aug 2009

Sian Melangell Dafydd wins Prose Medal

Sian Melangell Dafydd has won the Prose Medal at this year's National Eisteddfod of Wales. The medal and a cash prize of £750 are awarded for a volume of prose fiction of not more than 40,000 words. Sian graduated from the Creative Writing MA at UEA in 2006 after studying the History of Art at St Andrews University and working in various art galleries in the UK and Italy. She now divides her time between Wales and Paris, where she is researching a new novel. She has meanwhile translated two of the Artemis Fowl children's novels into Welsh. Her Eisteddfod medal-winning novel is called 'Y Trydydd Peth' (The Third Thing) and can be bought from the Gwales website. Read more.

Mon, 10 Aug 2009

David Sornig's first novel

'Spiel' is the first novel by David Sornig, who joined UEA last year as the 2008 Charles Pick Writing Fellow. David has now returned to his native Australia, where he lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Victoria University. 'Spiel' is published by the University of Western Australia Press.  Read more.

Sun, 9 Aug 2009

New novel by Diana Evans

'The Wonder' is the second novel by Diana Evans and is published by Chatto and Windus today. Diana was a dancer before completing the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2003. Her first novel, '26a', was published two years later and became the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers. It also won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for the Whitebread Prize, the Guardian First Book Award and the Arts Foundation Fellowship.

Thu, 6 Aug 2009

Alex Sheal wins The New Writer novella award

Recent creative writing graduate Alex Sheal has won the novella category of The New Writer magazine's annual international prize for contemporary fiction and poetry. His novella 'Lost in Kullu' is published in the current issue of the magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on the heading above. Alex completed the prose fiction MA part-time in 2006, and was the recipient of the David Higham Award in 2004. Another story by Alex, 'Woman at the Window' was published in Untitled Books in January.

Thu, 6 Aug 2009

Studentship awards for UEA MA graduates

Divya Ghelani (pictured), who graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2007 and has since worked in advertising in London, has been awarded a fully-funded studentship by the University of Hong Kong to write a thesis on the representation of educational institutions in fiction. She is meanwhile completing her first novel, 'Sona Bhalodia's Roadmap of the Sky'. Philip Langeskov and Gavin McCrea, both current students on the Prose Fiction MA, have each been awarded a fully-funded studentship by UEA to undertake the Creative and Critical Writing PhD, beginning this September, where they will be joined by Anjali Joseph, a graduate of the 2008 MA who is to receive a fully-funded studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Naomi Wood, who also graduated in 2008, was awarded a fully-funded studentship for the programme last year. Naomi's first novel 'The Godless Boys' will be published by Picador in 2010.

Wed, 5 Aug 2009

Adam Foulds and James Scudamore longlisted for Man Booker Prize

Novels by two graduates of UEA's Creative Writing MA have been included in the longlist of 13 titles for this year's Man Booker Prize. James Scudamore (pictured) graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2004 and is nominated for his second novel 'Heliopolis', which was published by Harvill Secker in January. James's first novel 'The Amnesia Clinic' won the 2007 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Glen Dimplex Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He was recently appointed as the UEA Creative Writing Fellow for the forthcoming autumn semester. Adam Foulds completed the Poetry MA in 2000 and is nominated for his second novel 'The Quickening Maze', which was published by Jonathan Cape in May. Adam's first novel 'The Truth About These Strange Times' won a Betty Trask Award and was the recipient of the 2008 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Earlier this year he won a Somerset Maugham Award for his verse novella 'The Broken Word', which won the Costa Poetry Prize and the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize in 2008 and was shortlisted for both the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and this year's Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The winner of this year's Man Booker Prize, which is worth £50,000, will be announced on 6th October.

Tue, 28 Jul 2009

New novel by Jeremy Page

'The Wake' is the second novel by UEA Creative Writing alumnus Jeremy Page and is published by Penguin today. It will be launched in Jarrolds of Norwich this evening. Jeremy grew up in North Norfolk and has worked as a scriptwriter and editor for FilmFour and the BBC. He graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1994. His first novel 'Salt' was published in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book and the Jelf First Novel Award. He was recently appointed as the UEA Creative Writing Fellow for the spring semester 2010.

Mon, 27 Jul 2009

Meirion Jordan and George Szirtes shortlisted for Forward prizes

Current PhD student Meirion Jordan has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection for his debut volume of poems, 'Moonrise', which was published by Seren last year. (The 2008 award went to another Seren poet who is also a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA, Kathryn Simmonds, for her collection 'Sunday at the Skin Launderette'.) Meirion graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2008. His second collection 'Strangers Hall' has just been published by Gatehouse. Meanwhile UEA's Reader in Poetry, George Szirtes, who taught Meirion on the MA and is the supervisor of his PhD next year, has been shortlisted for the Forward prize for best single poem for 'Song'. The winners will be announced on October 7th at Somerset House in London.

Thu, 23 Jul 2009

New commissions for UEA Scriptwriting graduates

Ben Ockrent's play 'Honey', which premiered in May and June at the Tricycle Theatre in London the fifteenplay cycle 'The Great Game', is now going to New York, before returning to the Tricycle for a second run. Ben, who graduated from the UEA Scriptwriting MA in 2006 has meanwhile received new commissions from the Tricycle and from the BBC. Jennifer Tuckett's play 'I Am A Superhero', which is under commission by Sprite Productions for 2009/10 production, has also been selected for US production, and is being developed by Fox as a screenplay. Jenny, who graduated from the Scriptwriting MA in 2004, became a member of the Creative Writing faculty at Salford University last autumn and is also under commission in Aberystwyth with a new play.

Fri, 10 Jul 2009

Mick Jackson's new collection of stories

Mick Jackson completed the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1992, when he studied under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. In 1997 he published his first novel, 'The Underground Man', which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award and was the winner of Society of Authors First Novel Award. His second novel, 'Five Boys', was published in 2001, and his first collection of stories, 'Ten Sorry Tales', came out in 2005. His second collection, 'Bears of England', is published by Faber and Faber this week, and he has just completed his third novel, due for publication next year. Read more.

Sat, 4 Jul 2009

Dea Brovig selected for Tindal Street anthology

Current Creative Writing MA student Dea Brovig has been selected for inclusion in an anthology of short stories to be published by Tindal Street Press in October. Titled 'Roads Ahead', the anthology coincides with Tindal Street's tenth anniversary and is edited by Catherine O'Flynn, whose first novel 'What Was Lost' was the winner of the 2008 Costa first novel prize. Dea joined the MA in September after several years working in publishing and is currently writing a novel, 'The Strong Man', set in her native Norway.

Tue, 30 Jun 2009

Dea Brovig selected for Tindal Street anthology

Current Creative Writing MA student Dea Brovig has been selected for inclusion in an anthology of short stories to be published by Tindal Street Press in October. Titled 'Roads Ahead', the anthology coincides with Tindal Street's tenth anniversary and is edited by Catherine O'Flynn, whose first novel 'What Was Lost' was the winner of the 2008 Costa first novel prize. Dea joined the MA in September after several years working in publishing and is currently writing a novel, 'The Strong Man', set in her native Norway.

Tue, 30 Jun 2009

Short story success for Jonathan Gibbs

Current Creative Writing MA student Jonathan Gibbs has won third prize in a competition run by the Economic and Social Research Council's Genomics Network for a short story on the theme of genetics. Jonathan received a Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary at the start of this year's course, and his story, 'Phrenology, or the Causes of Crime', was workshopped during the Spring semester. He is a literary journalist whose work has appeared in The Independent, Telegraph and Financial Times, and he is currently working on two novels, 'How Every Song Ends' and 'The Painted Grape', set in the pop and art worlds respectively.

Mon, 29 Jun 2009

Edward Hogan wins major award

Edward Hogan has won this year's Desmond Elliott Prize, worth £10,000, for his first novel 'Blackmoor', which was published by Simon and Schuster last year. Edward graduated from the Creative Writing MA at UEA in 2004 and was the recipient of that year's David Higham Award. 'Blackmoor' was also shortlisted for the 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize, won by UEA Writing Fellow Nam Le, and the 2009 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, for which UEA alumnus Adam Foulds was also shortlisted. It was published in paperback by Pocket Books in March this year. Read more.

Wed, 24 Jun 2009

Naomi Wood's first novel

Recent Creative Writing graduate Naomi Wood (pictured) has secured a publisher for her first novel less than a year after completing her MA. An extract of 'The Godless Boys' appeared in this year's UEA Creative Writing anthology and will be published by Picador in August 2010. Naomi grew up in Hong Kong and lived for a time in France before joining the MA in 2007. Since graduation she has begun her second novel, on the Hemingway family, for which she has secured a fully-funded Scholarship to undertake the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA.

Sat, 20 Jun 2009

Sam Riviere wins Eric Gregory Award

Sam Riviere has received an Eric Gregory Award worth £3,500 for his poetry collection 'It Ain't Honest'. The awards, judged this year by Moniza Alvi, Polly Clark, Maura Dooley, John Greening, Brian Patten and Carol Rumens, are given for poets under the age of 30. Sam was born in Norwich and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of George Szirtes. His poems have appeared in various publications, including the anthology series 'Stop Sharpening Your Knives', whose website can be found by clicking on the heading above. Sam was also recently selected for the Faber New Poets scheme.

Fri, 19 Jun 2009

Adam Foulds wins Somerset Maugham Award

UEA Creative Writing alumnus Adam Foulds has won a Somerset Maugham Award worth £3000 for his verse novella 'The Broken Word', which won the Costa Poetry Prize and the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize in 2008 and was shortlisted for both the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and this year's Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Adam completed the Poetry MA in 2000, and published his first novel 'The Truth About These Strange Times' in 2007, which won a Betty Trask Award and was the recipient of the 2008 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

Thu, 18 Jun 2009

David Strickland shortlisted for short story prize

Current Creative Writing MA student David Strickland has been shortlisted for this year's Biscuit International Flash Fiction Prize, worth £1000 to the winner, for his story 'The Possibility of Bears', which will also be published in a Biscuit anthology later this year. David has recently completed a collection of short stories and is current working on his first novel. Read more.

Tue, 16 Jun 2009

Tim Clare's first book

Tim Clare graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2004 and has since performed widely as a stand-up poet and musician, appearing at numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Latitude. He has written for the Guardian, the Times and the Independent, and has appeared on BBC Radio 1, 2, and 3. In 2005 he presented the Channel 4 series 'How To Get A Book Deal'. His first book, 'We Can't All Be Astronauts', an account of his failure to write and publish the perfect book, is published this week by Ebury Press.

Thu, 4 Jun 2009

Giles Foden's new novel

'Turbulance' is the latest novel by UEA Professor of Creative Writing Giles Foden and is published today by Faber and Faber. Giles was formerly assistant editor of the TLS and a literary editor on the Guardian before joining UEA in 2007, the same year in which he judged the MAN Booker Prize. He is the author of one work of narrative non-fiction, 'Mimi and Toutou Go Forth', and three previous novels – 'Ladysmith', 'Zanzibar', and 'The Last King of Scotland', which won the 1998 Whitbread First Novel Award and was released as an Oscar-winning film in 2007. He currently teaches on UEA's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction.

Thu, 4 Jun 2009

Mohammed Hanif shortlisted for James Tait Black award

UEA Creative Writing graduate Mohammed Hanif has been shortlisted for Britain's oldest literary award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, awarded by Edinburgh University and worth £10,000 to the winner. Mohammed graduated from the UEA MA in 2005. His novel 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes', published in 2008 by Jonathan Cape, was the winner of this year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book award, and was shortlisted last year for the Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction has previously been won by three UEA alumni: Ian McEwan in 2005 for his novel 'Saturday', Andrew Miller in 1997 for his first novel 'Ingenious Pain', and Rose Tremain in 1992 for her novel 'Sacred Country'.

Thu, 14 May 2009

Tash Aw's new novel

'Map of the Invisible World' is the second novel by UEA Creative Writing alumnus Tash Aw and is published by Fourth Estate today. Tash was born in Taipei to Malaysian-Chinese parents and grew up in Kuala Lumpar before moving to England at 18 to study Law at Cambridge University. He completed the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2003 and published his first novel 'The Harmony Silk Factory' in 2005. 'The Harmony Silk Factory' won that year's Whitbread First Novel Award and a Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It has been translated into seventeen languages. Read more.

Thu, 30 Apr 2009

Kate Kilalea's debut poetry collection

One Eye'd Leigh, the first poetry collection by Kate Kilalea (pictured), is published by Carcanet today. Originally from South Africa, Kate moved to the UK in 2005 to take up her place on UEA's Creative Writing MA. She has recipient of an Arts Council Award for her poetry and has published her work in numerous books and journals, including PN Review, Stand, Magma, Carapace, Pen Pusher and New Coin. A poem on chairs appeared in Martino Gamper's design book, 100 Chairs in 100 days and its 100 Ways.

Fri, 24 Apr 2009

Deirdre Madden shortlisted for Orange Prize

Deirdre Madden shortlisted for Orange Prize 24th April UEA creative writing graduate Deirdre Madden has been named on the shortlist of five authors in contention for this year's Orange Prize for Fiction, which is worth £30,000 to the winner and will be announced on 3rd June. Deirdre completed her MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1985 and is nominated for her ninth book, 'Molly Fox's Birthday', published by Faber last year. She was previously shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 1997 for her fifth novel 'One By One in the Darkness', while her second novel 'The Birds of the Innocent Wood' was the recipient of the 1988 Somerset Maugham Prize.

Fri, 24 Apr 2009

Joe Dunthorne longlisted for the Wales Book of the Year

'Submarine', the first novel by UEA Creative Writing alumnus Joe Dunthorne, has been longlisted for The Wales Book of the Year 2009. The award is worth £10,000 to the winner and will be announced in June. 'Submarine' was also longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize, the Commonwealth Best First Book Prize and Wodehouse Bollinger Prize.

Wed, 22 Apr 2009

Rachel Hore's new novel

UEA tutor Rachel Hore has just published her third novel, 'The Glass Painter's Daughter' (Pocket Books). Rachel worked in publishing for many years and teaches the Publishing module that leads to the production of the annual anthology of work by students on all three strands of the Creative Writing MA plus the Lifewriting MA. Rachel's first novel 'The Dream House' was published in 2006 and her second novel 'The Memory Garden' in 2007. She reviews regularly for the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and the Literary Review.

Sat, 4 Apr 2009

Lauren Owen wins Curtis Brown Award

Lauren Owen is this year's winner of the £1,500 Curtis Brown Prize, which is awarded annually to the best student on the UEA Creative Writing (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 last year by Penguin. Tamara Britten won the prize in 2007 for her novel-in-progress 'Flame of the Forest'. Daniel Timms was the recipient in 2008. Lauren (pictured, centre) received her award from Curtis Brown agents Karolina Sutton and Camilla Hornby. Read more.

Fri, 20 Mar 2009

Deirdre Madden and Laura Fish longlisted for Orange Prize

Two UEA Creative Writing graduates have been named among the twenty writers longlisted for this year's Orange Prize for Fiction, which is worth £30,000 to the winner and will be announced in June. Laura Fish is nominated for her second novel 'Strange Music', published by Cape last year. Laura completed the MA in Creative Writing in 2002 and the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2007. She is currently an Academic Fellow in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Deirdre Madden completed the MA in Creative Writing in 1985 and is nominated for her ninth book, 'Molly Fox's Birthday', published by Faber last year. Deirdre currently teaches at Trinity College, Dublin. Also on the Orange Prize longlist is Bernadine Evaristo, who was the 2002 Creative Writing Fellow at UEA.

Wed, 18 Mar 2009

Edward Hogan and Adam Foulds shortlisted for Sunday Times Award

UEA Creative Writing alumni Edward Hogan and Adam Foulds have been shortlisted for this year's Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, which is open to writers under the age of 35 and is worth £3,500 to the winner. Edward (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2004 and published his first novel 'Blackmoor' last year. Whilst on the MA he was the recipient of the £5,000 David Higham Award, and was last year shortlisted for one of the world's highest paying literary awards, the £60,000 Dylan Thomas Prize. Adam Foulds, who graduated from the Poetry MA in 2000, was the winner of last year's Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for his first novel 'The Truth About These Strange Times', which also won a Betty Trask Award. His verse novella 'The Broken Word' won last year's Costa Poetry Award and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Previous recipients of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award include UEA alumni Andrew Cowan (Pig, 1995) and Naomi Alderman (Disobedience, 2007). The winner of the 2009 award will be announced on 5th April.

Sun, 15 Mar 2009

The Immortals by Amit Chaudhuri

UEA Professor of Contemporary Literature, Amit Chaudhuri, has published 'The Immortals', his first novel in nine years. He is the author of four previous novels, a book of short stories, a book of poems, a critical study of DH Lawrence's poetry, and last year's collection of critical essays, 'Clearing a Space'. He is also the editor of 'The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature'. Among the awards Amit 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 writes regularly for the London Review of Books, and is also a vocalist in the Indian classical tradition. Amit teaches on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing programmes at UEA. Read more.

Sat, 14 Mar 2009

Mohammed Hanif wins Commonwealth Writers' Prize

Mohammed Hanif (pictured) has been announced as the winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Europe and South Asia Best First Book category for his first novel 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes', which was published last year and has previously been shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. The winner of the overall Best First Book award, worth £5,000, will be announced in mid-May.

Tue, 10 Mar 2009

Amanda Smyth's first novel

Black Rock, the first novel by UEA Creative Writing graduate Amanda Smyth, is published by Serpent's Tail this week. Amanda completed the Prose Fiction MA in 2000 and has since been published in the British Council's New Writing anthology and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of a series called Love and Loss. Amanda was awarded an Arts Council Grant for Black Rock, which was selected last month for this year's Waterstone's New Voices promotion. Amanda will be launching her novel at this year's Bath Literature Festival. Read more.

Fri, 6 Mar 2009

Anne Enright's new collection of stories

'Yesterday's Weather', a new collection of short stories by UEA graduate Anne Enright, is published by Vintage today. Anne graduated from the MA in 1987 and published her first collection of stories 'The Portable Virgin' in 1991. She has published one another collection, 'Taking Pictures' (2008), and four novels: 'The Wig My Father Wore' (1995), 'What Are You Like?' (2000), which was shortllisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and won the Encore Award, 'The Pleasures of Eliza Lynch' (2002), and 'The Gathering', which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She is also the author of 'Making Babies: Stumbling Into Motherhood' (2004). Anne provided the foreword to the 2008 anthology of creative writing by recent UEA graduates.

Thu, 5 Mar 2009

UEA poets in the Manhattan Review

Three UEA creative writing alumni have been selected for inclusion in a special 'Young British Poets' edition of the American poetry journal The Manhattan Review. Kathryn Simmonds graduated from the Poetry MA in 2002 and published her Forward Prize-winning debut collection Sunday at the Skin Laundrette last year. Joe Dunthorne graduated from the Prose MA in 2005 and published his first novel Submarine last year. Nathan Hamilton (pictured) graduated from the Poetry MA in 2005 and is currently managing editor of Egg Box, the publisher of UEA's annual creative writing anthology. All three will be reading this evening at the Oxfam Bookshop on Marylebone High Street, London. The event will be hosted by Canadian poet Todd Swift, who graduated from UEA's Poetry MA in 2004.  Read more.

Thu, 5 Mar 2009

Kit Whitfield's new novel

In Great Waters is the second novel by Kit Whitfield (pictured), who graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 2000, and is published by Random House tomorrow. Kit's first novel Bareback was published in 2006 and shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award. It was published in the US as Benighted. Read more.

Wed, 4 Mar 2009

W.G. Sebald remembered

The latest edition of the journal Five Dials, published by Hamish Hamilton, is dedicated to the memory of the late W.G Sebald, who joined UEA in 1970 and became Professor of European Literature in 1987. The author of four internationally renowned novels - The Emigrants (1996), Rings of Saturn (1999), Vertigo (2000) and Austerlitz (2001) - he was a founding Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation and taught on the MA in Creative Writing from the mid-1990s until his death in a car crash in 2001. The centrepiece of this issue of Five Dials (which can be accessed by clicking on the heading above) is a collection of his maxims on writing, as recorded by two of his former students, David Lambert, who now teaches creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University, and Robert McGill, the author of the novel The Mysteries. Also in this issue is an article on Austerlitz by Joe Dunthorne, who completed the MA in 2005 and published his first novel Submarine last year. Read more.

Mon, 2 Mar 2009

Toby Litt's latest novel

Journey Into Space is the tenth book by Toby Litt (MA 1995) and has just been published by Penguin. Toby was last year's Creative Writing Fellow at UEA and taught on the 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), Hospital (2007) and I play the drums in a band called okay (2008).

Sun, 1 Mar 2009

Creative Writing textbooks by Derek Neale

Derek Neale, a former student and tutor of creative writing at UEA, is a contributing author to three new creative writing textbooks published by Routledge and the Open University. These are 'A Creative Writing Handbook: developing dramatic technique, individual style and voice', 'Writing Fiction' and 'Life Writing'. Derek graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 1993 and subsequently took a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. He taught for a number of years on UEA's undergraduate programme, and is now a lecturer in creative writing at the Open University.

Tue, 24 Feb 2009

Ben Ockrent at the Tricycle Theatre

The Tricycle Theatre in London has commissioned UEA Scriptwriting graduate Ben Ockrent to contribute to a series of fifteen plays on the theme of Afghanistan as part of a wider festival exploring Afghan culture and history that will run from 17th April to 14th June this year. Other playwrights in the series include David Edgar, Simon Stephens, and former UEA writing fellow Colin Teevan. Ben Ockrent graduated from the UEA MA in 2006, and his first play, The Pleasure Principle, was produced at the Tristan Bates Theatre in October 2007. He is currently writing an episode of Fashion for BBC1 and has three comedy and drama series under commission for the BBC.

Fri, 20 Feb 2009

Amanda Smyth selected as one of Waterstone's New Voices

Irish-Trinidadian writer Amanda Smyth has been picked as one of twelve debut authors for this year's Waterstone's New Voices promotion. Amanda (pictured) completed her MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2000, the same year as other published alumni Clare Allan, Paul Batchelor, Martin Corrick, Doug Cowie, Fflur Dafydd, Adam Foulds, Sophie Frank, Clare George, Panos Karnezis, Sonia Lambert, Sandra Newman, Dina Rabinovitch, Ben Rice, Rhian Saadat, Cherry Smyth, Lorna Thorpe, Kit Whitfield and Clare Wigfall. Amanda's first novel Black Rock was awarded an Arts Council Grant and will be published by Serpent's Tail next month. She will be appearing with novelist Sadie Jones at the Bath Literature Festival on 5th March. Read more.

Thu, 19 Feb 2009

Tom Lee's debut collection of short stories

'Greenfly' is the debut collection of short stories by UEA alumnus Tom Lee and is published today by Harvill Secker. Tom graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1993 and now teaches at Goldsmiths and for the Open University. His stories have appeared in Zoetrope All-Story in America, the Dublin Review in Ireland and Zembla magazine in the UK, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Thu, 19 Feb 2009

Mohammed Hanif and Joe Dunthorne shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers' Prize

Two classmates from the 2004-5 Creative Writing MA have been shortlisted for this year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Europe and South Asia Best First Book category. Joe Dunthorne's first novel 'Submarine' was published in 2008, when it was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize. Mohammed Hanif's first novel 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes' (pictured) was also published in 2008, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Also shortlisted for this year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize - in the South East Asia and Pacific Best First Book category - is the current David TK Wong Writing Fellow at UEA, Nam Le, whose debut collection of stories 'The Boat' was last year's winner of the £60,000 Dylan Thomas Prize.

Wed, 18 Feb 2009

Stephen Foster's memoir of the 80s

'From Working Class Hero to Absolute Disgrace' is Stephen Foster's cultural and political memoir of the 1980s and is published this month by Short Books. Stephen completed his first collection of short stories 'It Cracks Like Breaking Skin' while on the UEA Creative Writing MA, from which he graduated in 1998. This collection, published by Faber in 1999, was nominated for a MacMillan PEN Award. His first novel 'Strides' was published by Faber & Faber in 2001 and his second novel 'Are You With Me?' by Simon and Schuster last year. Stephen has also published four other books of non-fiction: 'She Stood There Laughing' (Scribner, 2003), 'The Book of Lists, Football' (Canongate, 2006), the bestselling 'Walking Ollie' (Short Books, 2006), and its sequel 'Along Came Dylan' (2008). Stephen is one of two Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellows at UEA, along with the children's author Joyce Dunbar.

Thu, 12 Feb 2009

Sectioned: A Life Interrupted by John O'Donoghue

UEA graduate John O'Donoghue has published a memoir called Sectioned: A Life Interrupted, which details the decade he spent in psychiatric institutions, squats and homeless shelters in the 1980s. Born in London in the late 1950s, John came to UEA as a mature student in 1988 and graduated with a BA in English and American Literature in 1991. His essays, articles, stories and poems have appeared in the Observer, the TES, PN Review, London Magazine, Acumen, Ambit, and Aesthetica, and he has published three collections of poetry, Letter to Lord Rochester, The Beach Generation and Brunch Poems. He lives in Brighton and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire, the Open University and the University of Westminster. Read more.

Mon, 9 Feb 2009

Joe Dunthorne's Submarine published in paperback

Submarine, the first novel by Joe Dunthorne, is published in paperback by Penguin today. Joe graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 2005, having previously achieved First Class Honours on the English Literature with Creative Writing BA. Submarine was shortlisted for the 2008 Desmond Elliot Prize and has been translated into many languages and is being developed for the cinema. Joe is also a widely published poet and has performed at festivals including Hay-on-Wye and Latitude.

Thu, 5 Feb 2009

Mark McNay shortlisted for Aye Write! Award

UEA graduate Mark McNay has been shortlisted for this year's Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Prize for Scottish Fiction for his second novel, Under Control, which was published by Canongate last year. The other shortlisted authors are James Kelman, James Meek, Michel Faber, Meaghan Delahunt and Chiew-Siah Tei. The prize is worth £5,000 and the winner will be announced on 14th March. Mark graduated from the Creative Writing MA with distinction in 2004 and published his first novel, Fresh, in 2007. Fresh won the £10,000 Arts Foundation Prize for New Fiction and was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writer Award and the Saltire Society First Book Award. Mark currently teaches on UEA's undergraduate creative writing programme.

Sat, 31 Jan 2009

How Not To Write A Novel by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark

UEA MA graduate Sandra Newman has co-authored a satirical how-to-write book with Howard Mittelmark, published in the UK today and entitled How Not to Write A Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them - A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide. Sandra was born in Massachusetts and now lives in New York City after many years living in the UK. She graduated from the UEA MA in 2000 and is the author of the novels The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and Cake. Her memoir, Folk Tales of the Rich, will be published by Chatto & Windus in the spring of 2009. Read more.

Thu, 29 Jan 2009

Alex Pheby's first novel

Current UEA research student Alex Pheby has recently published his first novel, Grace, with Scottish independent publisher Two Ravens Press. Alex is a graduate of the Goldsmiths Creative Writing MA and is currently completing his PhD at UEA, where he teaches on the undergraduate English Literature programme. Read more.

Wed, 28 Jan 2009

Kelly Smith in .Cent magazine

A new short story called 'Bound' by recent MA graduate Kelly Smith (2008, pictured) is to be published in the next 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. On the theme of 'the spaces in between' this issue of the magazine, no.13, is guest edited by Greyworld, a London-based collective of artists working in public spaces.

Mon, 26 Jan 2009

Agnes Lehoczky at the Hungarian Cultural Centre

Agnes Lehoczky's first collection of poetry is launched at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London this evening. Budapest to Babel is published by Egg Box and will be introduced by UEA Reader in Creative Writing George Szirtes. Agnes graduated from the Poetry strand of the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2006 and is currently doing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. She also teaches on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme.

Wed, 21 Jan 2009

Alex Sheal in latest issue of Untitled Books

Issue ten of the online magazine Untitled Books features a new short story 'Woman At Window' by Alex Sheal, who graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2006 and was the 2005 recipient of the David Higham Award. Other recent UEA graduates to have been published in the magazine are Divya Ghelani (2007), Lauren Frankel (2005), Katy Darby (2006) and C.D.Rose (2008).

Mon, 12 Jan 2009

Adam Foulds wins Costa Poetry Award

UEA Creative Writing alumnus Adam Foulds (Poetry MA, 2000) has been awarded the 2008 Costa Poetry Award for his verse novella, The Broken Word, a reimagining of the Kenyan Mau Mau uprising that was published by Cape last year. Also on the shortlist for the award, which is worth £5,000, was UEA Poetry alumna Kathryn Simmonds, whose debut collection Sunday at the Skin Launderette was the winner of the 2008 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Adam will now go forward for consideration for the overall Costa Book of the Year Award, which will be announced on 27th January and is worth £50,000. The Broken Word was last year shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, while Adam's first novel The Truth About These Strange Times was the recipient of the 2008 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

Thu, 8 Jan 2009

Adam Foulds wins Costa Poetry Award

UEA Creative Writing alumnus Adam Foulds (Poetry MA, 2000) has been awarded the 2008 Costa Poetry Award for his verse novella, The Broken Word, a reimagining of the Kenyan Mau Mau uprising that was published by Cape last year. Also on the shortlist for the award, which is worth £5,000, was UEA Poetry alumna Kathryn Simmonds, whose debut collection Sunday at the Skin Launderette was the winner of the 2008 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Adam will now go forward for consideration for the overall Costa Book of the Year Award, which will be announced on 27th January and is worth £50,000. The Broken Word was last year shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, while Adam's first novel The Truth About These Strange Times was the recipient of the 2008 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

More success for UEA Scriptwriters

Lynda Williams, a 2006 graduate of the scriptwriting strand of the UEA Creative Writing MA , has won a short film commission from Screen East for its 2009 Digital Shorts programme, a nationwide initiative funded by the UK Film Council, while Rob Kinsman, who graduated in 2003, has been awarded a permanent contract to write for the BBC, having previously written a number of freelance works for BBC radio and television since leaving UEA. The Scriptwriting programme at UEA has meanwhile been re-accredited by Skillset for another three years. Read more.

Wed, 7 Jan 2009

Tom McKay in Volume magazine

'The Crossing', a new short story by recent UEA creative writing graduate Tom McKay (2006), is published in the latest issue of Volume magazine, which is distributed free across London and Paris. The magazine is dedicated to new art, writing and music.

Tue, 6 Jan 2009

Three UEA Scriptwriters chosen by Menagerie Theatre Company

Between the 15th and 18th of January the Menagerie Theatre Company will be presenting rehearsed readings of four new plays at The Junction in Cambridge. Three of the four plays are by UEA Scriptwriters. On 16th January the featured play will be 'Teenage Love in Twisted Dreamland' by current MA student Ben Craib. 'Prosperity 3' by 2008 MA graduate Alison Falconer will follow on 17th January. Fellow 2008 graduate Janice Okoh's 'Egusi Soup' will be performed on 18th January. Read more

Mon, 5 Jan 2009

UEA Booker scholarship launched for creative writing students

A new partnership between the Booker Prize Foundation and UEA has been launched to provide scholarships for creative writing students. The annual UEA Booker scholarship will cover academic fees, travel and living costs, and will be given to a student on the prose fiction strand of the Creative Writing MA. Three UEA MA alumni have previously won the Booker Prize - Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro and Anne Enright - while several others have been shortlisted, including Tash Aw, Trezza Azzopardi, Mick Jackson, Andrew Miller, and Rose Tremain. Other writers and critics associated with UEA - Malcolm Bradbury, Angela Carter, Louise Doughty, Giles Foden and Lorna Sage among them - have acted as judges for the prize.   The first award will be made in 2009 and will be open to graduates from all Commonwealth countries and Ireland. Further information can be obtained from the Postgraduate Admissions Office at: pgt.hum.admiss@uea.ac.uk.

Sat, 3 Jan 2009

George Szirtes' translation of Sandor Marai

A new translation by George Szirtes of Sandor Marai's novel Esther's Inheritance is published by Picador today. This is the fourth of Marai's novels to be published in English, and two previous titles were also translated by George Szirtes: Conversations in Bolzano and The Rebels. George is a Reader in Creative Writing at UEA, where he teaches poetry on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. His New and Collected Poems was published by Bloodaxe last year, along with a major study of his work, Reading George Szirtes by John Sears. Read more.

Fri, 2 Jan 2009

James Scudamore's new novel

Heliopolis, the second novel by UEA graduate James Scudamore, is published today by Harvill Secker. James graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2004. His first novel, The Amnesia Clinic, was published in 2006 and won the 2007 Somerset Maugham Award. It was also shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Glen Dimplex Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Thu, 1 Jan 2009