Hattie Grunewald on the London Underground
'First Contact' by Hattie Grunewald is one of three poems by young poets selected for the Poets on the Underground scheme and can be seen on tube trains around London this winter. Hattie is currently in the first year of her BA in English Literature with Creative Writing, having joined UEA from Wakefield Girls' High School in September. She was the winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award in 2009 and was invited to write her poem on the theme of science to celebrate 350 years of The Royal Society.
Mon, 20 Dec 2010
Rob Magnusson Smith in 'The Reader'
‘The Hollow Men Without Masks', a short story by recent UEA Creative Writing graduate Rob Magnusson Smith, appears in the Winter 2010 edition (issue 40) of the literary journal ‘The Reader'. Rob completed his MA in Creative Writing at UEA this September and has since been awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship to undertake a PhD at Bath Spa university under the supervision of another UEA alumnus, the novelist Andrew Miller (1990). Rob's first novel, ‘The Gravedigger' was published by the New Orleans University Press earlier this year.
Tue, 14 Dec 2010
Janice Okoh selected for Channel 4 screenwriting course
Janice Okoh, who graduated from the Scriptwriting strand of UEA's MA in Creative Writing in 2008, is one of twelve writers selected for Channel 4's screenwriting course, which will run from January to June 2011. Janice was selected by the channel's drama commissioners and editors on the basis of a script that has been optioned by Channel 4 and may go to full commission in the second half of the year. Earlier this year Janice's play ‘SE8' was broadcast in the Afternoon Play slot on BBC Radio 4. She will be taking up a place on UEA's Creative and Critical Writing PhD in autumn 2011. Two other graduates of the Scriptwriting MA were recently given starred reviews in adjacent columns of the Guardian: Emma Crowe (2005) for ‘Kin' at the Royal Court Upstairs and Ben Ockrent (2006) for ‘Honey' at the Tricycle Theatre.
Mon, 13 Dec 2010
Richard Beard appointed Director of the National Academy of Writing
UEA Creative Writing alumnus Richard Beard has been appointed Director of the National Academy of Writing, which will be running a specialist course in 2011 for committed writers seeking to publish a book-length work in either fiction or non-fiction. Minette Walters and Iain Banks will be among the visiting writers on the course. Richard graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1995 and has published four novels and three books of non-fiction. His new novel ‘Lazarus is Dead' will be published by Harvill Secker in August 2011. Read more.
Tue, 7 Dec 2010
Anne Enright edits anthology of Irish short stories
UEA alumna Anne Enright is the editor of the recently published Granta Book of the Irish Short Story. Anne graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1987 and won the Rooney Prize for her first collection of short stories, ‘The Portable Virgin', published in 1991. Her 2007 novel ‘The Gathering' was the winner of that year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Her most recent publication is the collection of stories, ‘Yesterday's Weather' (2009).
Sat, 4 Dec 2010
Ashley Stokes and C.D. Rose included in short story anthology
Two UEA Creative Writing alumni have been included a new anthology of short fiction, ‘Unthology No. 1', which is published by Unthank Books today. Ashley Stokes, who is also the co-editor of the volume, graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1998. His first novel, ‘Touching The Starfish', was published by Unthank Books earlier this year. C.D. Rose graduated from the MA 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. He was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize last year. Read more.
Wed, 1 Dec 2010
Louise Doughty and Paul Murray shortlisted for Costa Book Award
UEA alumni Louise Doughty and Paul Murray have been included on the shortlist of four titles competing for the Novel category of this year's Costa Book Award. Louis graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1987 and is shortlisted for her sixth novel, ‘Whatever You Love'. Paul graduated in 2001 and is shortlisted for his second novel, ‘Skippy Dies', which was shortlisted earlier this year for the Bollinger Everyman Wodenhouse Prize for Comic Writing and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The winner of the Costa Novel Award, worth £5,000, will be announced on 5th January, and the winner of the overall Costa Book of the Year Award, worth £30,000, will be announced on 30th January. Read more.
Fri, 19 Nov 2010
Tracy Chevalier and Adam Foulds longlisted for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
UEA alumni Tracy Chevalier and Adam Foulds have been included on the longlist for this year's IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Tracy graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1994 and is longlisted for her sixth novel ‘Remarkable Creatures'. Adam graduated in 2000 and is longlisted for ‘The Quickening Maze', which was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize, the 2010 Walter Scott Prize, and was the winner of the 2010 South Bank Show literature prize. The shortlist for the IMPAC award will be announced on 12th April. Read more.
Mon, 15 Nov 2010
Esther Morgan wins Bridport Poetry Prize
UEA Creative Writing graduate Esther Morgan has won this year's Bridport Poetry Prize for her poem 'This Morning.' The Prize is worth £5,000. Esther graduated from the Poetry MA in 1998, in which year she won an Eric Gregory Award, and which she taught on the undergraduate Creative Writing course at UEA, and for the Department of Continuing Education, and edited four editions of the UEA poetry anthology 'Reactions'. Her first collection, 'Beyond Calling Distance', was published in 2001 and won the Aldeburgh Festival First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the John Lewellyn Rhys Prize. Her second collection, 'The Silence Living in Houses' was published in 2005. Esther is currently Historic Recordings Manager for the Poetry Archive and is completing her third collection. Another UEA Poetry MA graduate, Josephine Concoran (1997), was among the runners-up for the Bridport Prize for her first published poem, 'Honeymoon'. Josephine's stage play 'Jocasta' was produced at The Chelsea Centre Theatre, London, in 1997 and in 1998 her story, 'Algebra', won first prize in the Ian St James' Awards and was later broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2000 her play 'The Songs That Houses Sing' was broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Thu, 11 Nov 2010
KJ Orr in Bridport Short Story Prize Anthology
UEA Creative Writing graduate KJ (Katherine) Orr has been named one of the runners-up in the 2010 Bridport Short Story Prize, judged by Zoë Heller, for her story ‘The Human Circadian Pacemaker', which will be published in this year's Prize anthology. Katherine graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2007 and recently received a studentship to undertake a PhD at Chichester University. She has won awards for her short fiction and plays and was last year shortlisted for the Asham Award. Read more.
Wed, 10 Nov 2010
Katy Darby signs book deal with Penguin
UEA Creative Writing graduate Katy Darby has signed a book deal with Penguin UK for her first novel, ‘Whores' Asylum', which will be published in February 2012. Katy studied English at Oxford and graduated from UEA's Prose Fiction MA in 2006, when she was the recipient of the David Higham Award. Her writing has won several other prizes, been read on BBC Radio, and has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Stand, Mslexia, The London Magazine, the Arvon anthology and online at Untitledbooks.com, Carvezine.com and Pulp.net. Her story ‘Going Out' won the 2007 Happenstance Prize, and her plays are published by Samuel French. She teaches Short Story Writing at City University in London and was one of the founding members of the Liars' League live fiction events. Read more.
Mon, 8 Nov 2010
Amit Chaudhuri and Neel Mukherjee shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
Amit Chaudhuri's ‘The Immortals' and Neel Mukherjee's ‘A Life Apart' have been included on the shortlist of six titles nominated for the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, sponsored by an Indian construction company and worth £31,500 to the winner. Neel completed the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2001 and is a regular reviewer of fiction for publications including The Times and TIME Magazine Asia. ‘A Life Apart' is his first novel and was published by Constable in the UK earlier this year, having been previously published by Picador India in 2008, under the title ‘Past Continuous', when it was the joint winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award. Amit Chaudhuri is a Professor of Literature at UEA and teaches on the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA. ‘The Immortals' was published by Picador in the UK last year and is his fifth novel. He has also published a collection of short stories, a collection of poems, a critical study of DH Lawrence's poetry, and the collection of essays 'Clearing Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture'. He is also a vocalist in the Indian classical tradition and his project in crossover music, This Is Not Fusion, has performed all over the world. The winner of the award will be announced at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2011. Read more
Thu, 28 Oct 2010
New Children's novel by John Boyne
‘Noah Barleywater Runs Away' is the new novel for children by UEA Creative Writing alumnus John Boyne and is published by Random House in the UK this week. John's previous novel for children, ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', has sold 5 million copies worldwide and was released as a Heyday/Miramax feature film starring David Thewlis in 2008. John completed the MA in Creative Writing in 1995, when he was the recipient of the Curtis Brown Award, and has since published six novels and two novellas for adults as well as these two titles for younger readers. Read more.
Fri, 22 Oct 2010
Susan Fletcher shortlisted for John Llewellyn prize
Susan Fletcher's third novel, ‘Corrag', which was published by Fourth Estate earlier this year, has been shortlisted for the £5,000 John Llewellyn Rhys prize for writers under the age of 35. The winner will be announced on 23rd November. Susan graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2002, and published her first novel, ‘Eve Green', in 2004, winning that year's Whitbread First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Prize the following year. Her second novel, ‘Oystercatchers', was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the 2008 Romantic Novel of the Year Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Mon, 18 Oct 2010
Esther Morgan and Andrea Holland shortlisted for Mslexia poetry prize
UEA Creative Writing graduate Esther Morgan has been placed third in this year's Mslexia Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Garbo Among Us'. Another of her poems, ‘Short-hold', was a runner-up. Esther graduated from the Poetry MA in 1998 and published her first collection, ‘Beyond Calling Distance', in 2001, for which she received an Eric Gregory Award, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Best First Collection Award, and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her second collection, ‘The Silence Living in Houses', was published in 2005. Current UEA Creative Writing tutor, Andrea Holland, was also a runner-up in the Mslexia competition for her poem ‘Rubric'. Andrea was co-winner of the 2007 Poetry Business Competition and was until recently Course Leader of the MA in Writing the Visual at Norwich School of Art & Design. All the shortlisted poems, which were judged by Vicki Feaver, are published in the current issue of Mslexia.
Tue, 12 Oct 2010
Debut poetry collection from Joshua Jones
'Thought Disorder' is the debut collection of poetry from Joshua Jones, and is published this week by Knives Forks and Spoons. Joshua was born in 1988 and is currently completing his BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at UEA. He will graduate in 2011. His poetry and criticism has appeared in a variety of print and online journals, and he is the editor of the blogzine Etcetera: etecterart.blogspot.com. Copies of 'Thought Disorder' may be purchased via Etcetera.
Thu, 7 Oct 2010
DW Wilson signs two-book deal with Hamish Hamilton
The inaugural winner of UEA's MAN Booker Prize Scholarship, Dave Wilson, has signed a two-book deal with Hamish Hamilton Canada to publish his debut collection of short stories, ‘Once You Break a Knuckle', and his first novel, ‘Ballistics'. Dave, who is 25, has just graduated from the Prose Fiction strand of the Creative Writing MA, and is about to embark on a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of Andrew Cowan and Stephen Benson, for which he has been awarded a Dean's Postgraduate Studentship. Before coming to UEA, Dave graduated from the University of Victoria, Canada, with a BA in Philosophy and Creative Writing and was on the fiction editorial board of the journal ‘Malahat Review'. ‘Once You Break a Knuckle' will be published in the autumn of next year.
Wed, 6 Oct 2010
Anjali Joseph shortlisted for the Hindu Best Fiction Award
Anjali Joseph's first novel, ‘Sarawati Park', has been included on the shortlist of eleven books for The Hindu Best Fiction Award. The winner will be announced in Chennai on 1st November. Anjali completed the Prose Fiction strand of the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA while writing her second novel. Earlier this year she was included in The Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's best 20 novelists under the age of 40.
Mon, 4 Oct 2010
Rob Kinsman to write landmark episode of popular BBC1 serial
UEA Creative Writing alumnus Rob Kinsman has been selected from a field of twenty to write the hour-long 2000th episode of the BBC1 serial ‘Doctors', for which he has previously written 21 episodes, and has additionally won through to the final stages of the shadow scheme to become a regular scriptwriter for ITV's ‘Holby City'. Rob graduated from the Scriptwriting strand of the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2003. The landmark episode of ‘Doctors' will be broadcast next February.
Fri, 1 Oct 2010
Martha Schabas signs book deal with Doubleday
'Various Positions' is the debut novel by recent UEA Creative Writing graduate Martha Schabas and will be published in July 2011 by Doubleday Canada. Martha graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2007 and was that year's recipient of the David Higham Award. Her articles, reviews and short fiction have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Broken Pencil and Maisonneuve Magazine. She is currently working on her second novel.
Mon, 13 Sep 2010
Debut collection by Agnieszka Studzinska
‘Snow Calling' is the debut collection of poetry by Agnieszka Studzinska, who graduated from UEA's MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2003. Agnieszka was born in Poland in 1975 and came to the UK when she was seven. She currently lives in London, where she is a teacher of English. ‘Snow Calling' is published by Salt. Read more.
Tue, 7 Sep 2010
'The Gravedigger' by Rob Magnuson Smith
‘The Gravedigger' is the debut novel by Rob Magnuson Smith and is published by the University of New Orleans Press this month. 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 last September and was the 2009 recipient of the David Higham Award. 'The Gravedigger' won the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Award while still in manuscript. Rob has recently been awarded a studentship to undertake a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Bath Spa University.Read more
Fri, 3 Sep 2010
Tom Benn signs book deal with Jonathan Cape
Current UEA Creative Writing student, Tom Benn, has signed a contract with Jonathan Cape to publish his first two novels. Tom graduated from UEA's BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2009, and will graduate from the MA in Prose Fiction this September, having been this year's recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial bursary. His first novel, 'The Doll Princess' is set in Manchester in the wake of the IRA bombing and will be published in early 2012. 'Chamber Music', the second of a projected series of literary crime novels set in gangland Manchester, will be published the following year. Read more.
Tue, 24 Aug 2010
Anna Towers wins Guardian short story competition
Recent UEA Creative Writing graduate Anna Towers has won The Guardian's annual short story competition, judged by Tessa Hadley and Wells Tower, with her story ‘Jellyfish'. Anna, who is 25, comes from Hartlepool and graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2007. Her story is published in this Saturday's Guardian Weekend magazine and can be found online by clicking on the heading above. Another recent graduate, Tracy Maylath, was shortlisted for the prize. Tracy, who comes from Denver, Colorado, and now lives in London, graduated from the MA in 2008. Her story ‘The Laughter of Jackhammers' can also be found on the Guardian website. Read more.
Sat, 14 Aug 2010
New novel by Helon Habila
‘Oil on the Water' is the third novel by Helon Habila, who held a Writing Fellowship at UEA in 2004 before studying for his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. Helon studied Literature at the University of Jos in Nigeria, and won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2001. His first novel ‘Waiting for an Angel' was published in 2002 and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region, Best First Book). His second novel, ‘Measuring Time', was published in 2007. He is currently teaching Creative Writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he lives with his family. ‘Oil on the Water' is published by Hamish Hamilton this week.
Thu, 5 Aug 2010
'A Place of Secrets' by Rachel Hore
‘A Place of Secrets' is the fourth novel by UEA tutor Rachel Hore and is published by Pocket Books this week. Rachel worked in publishing for many years and teaches the Publishing module that leads to the production of the annual anthology of work by UEA Creative Writing students. Rachel's previous novels are 'The Dream House' 2006), 'The Memory Garden' (2007) and ‘The Glass Painter's Daughter' (2009). She reviews regularly for the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and the Literary Review.
Wed, 4 Aug 2010
Katharine Kilalea longlisted for Dylan Thomas Prize
UEA Creative Writing graduate Katharine Kilelea has been included on the longlist for this year's University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize, which is worth £30,000 to the winner and is open to any published writer in the English language under the age of thirty. Originally from South Africa, Katharine moved to the UK in 2005 to take up a place on the Poetry strand of the Creative Writing MA. She is longlisted for her debut collection ‘One Eye'd Leigh', which was published by Carcanet last year. Katharine has been the 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. The winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 was UEA's David TK Wong Writing Fellow, Nam Le, for his debut collection of stories ‘The Boat'. The shortlist for this year's prize will be announced in September.
Tue, 3 Aug 2010
Anjali Joseph selected for Amazon Rising Stars promotion
Recent UEA Creative Writing graduate Anjali Joseph has been selected for the Amazon Rising Stars promotion for her first novel ‘Saraswati Park'. Twelve debut novels have been selected for the promotion and a prize will be awarded to the author who receives the most customer votes. Anjali completed the MA in Prose Fiction in 2008 and published ‘Saraswati Park' earlier this summer to widespread critical acclaim. She was recently included in The Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's best 20 novelists under the age of 40.
Mon, 2 Aug 2010
Paul Murray and Rose Tremain longlisted for Booker
Two UEA alumni have been included on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction: Paul Murray for ‘Skippy Dies' and Rose Tremain for ‘Trespass'. Paul was born in 1975 and studied English literature at Trinity College, Dublin before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2000. His debut novel, 'An Evening of Long Goodbyes', was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003. ‘Skippy Dies' was shortlisted earlier this year for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing. Rose Tremain graduated from UEA in 1967 and returned to teach on the Creative Writing MA alongside Malcolm Bradbury between 1988 and 1995. She is now one of UEA's Distinguished Writing Fellows. She was previously shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 for her novel ‘Restoration', which won the Angel Literary Award and the Sunday Express Book of the Year. The shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize will be announced on 7th September and the winner revealed on 12th October at a dinner at London's Guildhall. Each of the six shortlisted authors will receive £2,500 and the winner £50,000.
Tue, 27 Jul 2010
Debut novel by Mark A Radcliffe
'Gabriel's Angel' is the first novel by UEA alumnus Mark A Radcliffe and is published by Bluemoose Books this week. Mark came to the Creative Writing MA from a background in nursing and was for several years a columnist for Nursing TImes. He graduated in 1994 and now works in teaching. Mark's website has details of forthcoming readings.
Fri, 23 Jul 2010
Naomi Wood wins Scholarship
UEA Creative Writer Naomi Wood has been awarded a Kluge Scholarship, based at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, for a five-month period starting in October 2010. While there she will be using the library's broadcast, magazine and newspaper archives to research her second novel, 'Miss Hemingway', which is about the life of Margaux Hemingway, the actress and granddaughter of the writer Ernest Hemingway. Naomi graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing, of which 'Miss Hemingway' forms the creative element. Naomi's first novel, 'The Godless Boys', will be published in the UK in May 2011 by Picador.
Mon, 12 Jul 2010
Debut novel by Anjali Joseph
'Saraswati Park' is the first novel by recent UEA graduate Anjali Joseph and is published today by Fourth Estate in the UK and by Harper Collins in India and the USA. Anjali was born in Bombay in 1978 and read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, before graduating from the UEA Creative Writing MA with distinction in 2008. She has taught English at the Sorbonne, written for the Times of India in Bombay, and been a Commissioning Editor for ELLE (India). She is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA under the supervision of Amit Chaudhuri and Andrew Cowan, and was recently included in The Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's best 20 novelists under the age of 40.
Thu, 8 Jul 2010
New work by Sophie Frank
An extract from the new novel by Sophie Frank appears in the launch edition of the website ‘tomorrow's books' which is edited by Anthony Gardner of the The Royal Society of Literature and is dedicated to new, as yet unpublished work by established authors. Sophie completed the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2000. Her first novel ‘The Mattress Actress' was published by Faber and Faber. This new work, ‘The Window', is set in Norwich and tells the story of a young woman enclosed as an anchoress in the fourteen century. Read more.
Wed, 7 Jul 2010
Sue Healy wins bursary
Recent UEA graduate Sue Healy has been award the 2010 Waterford City Council Annamakerrig Bursary, which will allow her to attend a two week writers' residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan, Eire. Sue, who is from Ireland, completed the Creative Writing MA in 2009. She lived in Budapest for over a decade before joining the MA, and her short story 'I Am Not A Muse' appeared in the anthology 'Budapest Tales' while she was at UEA. She is currently working on a novel called 'Trafadden'. Read more.
Tue, 6 Jul 2010
Michele Roberts's new collection
'Mud: Stories of Sex and Love' is the new collection of short stories by UEA Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing, Michele Roberts, and is published by Virago this week. Michele currently teaches on UEA's Lifewriting MA, having previously taught on and co-directed the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA. Her work includes the novels 'Daughters of the House', which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the WH Smith Literary Award, 'Flesh and Blood', 'Impossible Saints', 'The Looking Glass', 'The Mistressclass' and 'Reader I Married Him'. Michele's memoir 'Paper Houses' was published in 2007.
Sat, 26 Jun 2010
David Almond's new book for children
'The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon' is the new book for children by UEA alumnus, David Almond, and is published this week by Walker Books with illustrations by Polly Dunbar. David graduated from UEA in 1973 with a BA in English and American Studies, and published his first novel for children, 'Skellig', in 1998. 'Skellig' won that year's Carnegie medal and the Whitbread children's prize. Ealier this year he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen medal, which is chosen by an international jury and conferred biennially for an author's complete works. Read more.
Fri, 25 Jun 2010
Agnes Lehoczky on BBC World Service
UEA poet Agnes Lehoczky will be appearing on the next edition of ‘The Forum' on the BBC's World Service, discussing the effect of poetry on the mind and reading some of her work. Agi was recently placed first in the 2010 Daniil Pashkoff Prize for Creative Writing in English by a Non-Native Speaker, and is currently completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA under the supervision of George Szirtes. She completed the MA in Poetry at UEA in 2006 and published her first collection of poetry, ‘Budapest to Babel', in 2008. ‘The Forum' will be broadcast on Sunday 27 June at 8.05 pm. Read more
Tue, 22 Jun 2010
Ret'sepile Makamane shortlisted for Short Story Competition
Current UEA Creative Writing student Ret'sepile Makamane is one of two runners-up for this year's Orange/Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition. She was presented with a cheque for £500 by the chair of judges, Sceptre editor Carole Welch, at the Orange Prize for Fiction awards ceremony earlier this month. Ret'sepile, who is from Lesotho, is currently completing her MA in Prose Fiction at UEA. She was recently selected as UEA's 2010 Charles Pick Writing Fellow. Among the previous winners of the Orange/Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition is Clare Allan, who completed the UEA MA in 2000, and whose debut novel, ‘Poppy Shakespeare', was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Award for New Writers.
Mon, 21 Jun 2010
Three UEA writers in Telegraph list of best under 20
Three graduates of UEA's Creative Writing MA have been included in the Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's best 20 novelists under the age of 40. They are Adam Foulds, Anjali Joseph and Paul Murray. Adam graduated from the Poetry MA in 2000. His first novel 'The Truth About These Strange Times' was published in 2007 and won a Betty Trask Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. His verse novella, 'The Broken Word' (2008), won the Costa Poetry Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. His most recent novel, 'The Quickening Maze' (2009) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Paul completed the MA in Prose Fiction in 2001 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003 for his debut novel 'An Evening of Long Goodbyes'. His second novel 'Skippy Dies' (2009) was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodenhouse Prize for Comic Writing and has been widely tipped for this year's Man Booker Prize. Anjali's inclusion on the list is all the more remarkable because her first novel has yet to be published. She graduated from the MA in 2008 and is currently doing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. Her debut, 'Saraswati Park', is published by 4th Estate next month. Read more.
Fri, 18 Jun 2010
UEA Scriptwriters on Radio 4
Two graduates of the Scriptwriting strand of UEA's MA in Creative Writing will have their work broadcast this week in the Afternoon Play slot on BBC Radio 4. 'SE8' by Janice Okoh will be broadcast on Tuesday 8th June at 2.15pm, and 'High Hopes' by Rob Kinsman will be broadcast on Thursday 10th June at 2pm. Rob graduated from the MA in 2003, while Janice graduated in 2008 and was selected this year for the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme along with current Prose Fiction MA student, Chelsey Flood. Read more.
Mon, 7 Jun 2010
Louise Doughty's new novel
‘Whatever You Love' is the sixth novel by UEA Creative Writing alumna Louise Doughty and is published by Faber and Faber this week. Louise completed the MA in Creative Writing in 1987 and published her first novel, ‘Crazy Paving', in 1995. This was followed by ‘Dance With Me' 1996), ‘Honey-Dew' (1998), ‘Fires In The Dark' (2003) and ‘Stone Cradle' (2006). In 2007 she published her guide to writing, ‘A Novel In A Year', and in 2008 she was a judge of the Man Booker Prize for fiction. Read more.
Sun, 6 Jun 2010
Jim Goar's first collection of poems
‘Seoul Bus Poems' is the first full-length collection of poems by Jim Goar, who is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. The collection is published by Reality Street Press this month, and another book, ‘The Louisiana Purchase', is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press in 2011. Jim was born in San Francisco and completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Naropa's Jack Kerouac School. His chapbook ‘Whole Milk' was published in 2006, and he edits the online Journal, past simple. Read more.
Mon, 31 May 2010
Ian McEwan wins Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction
UEA Creative Writing alumnus and Distinguished Writing Fellow Ian McEwan has won this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize For Comic Writing. McEwan joined UEA's Creative Writing MA in 1970, its inaugural year, and became the UK's first Creative Writing graduate in 1971. He won the Wodehouse Prize for his latest novel ‘Solar', and will be presented with a jeraboam of champagne and a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig named after his novel at this year's Hay Literary festival. Two other UEA alumni, Paul Murray (2001) and Tiffany Murray (MA 1999, PhD 2006), were also shortlisted for the prize.
Sun, 30 May 2010
'The Newsagent's Window' by John Osborne
'The Newsagent's Window' is the second book of non-fiction by John Osborne, who graduated from UEA's undergraduate programme in 2004. It is published by Simon and Schuster this week, and follows 'Radio Head', which was published last year and serialised in the Daily Mail and broadcast as Radio 4's book of the week. 'The Newsagent's Window' follows a year in which John answered each of the ads in his local newsagent's and is subtitled 'Adventures in a World of Second-hand Cars and Lost Cats'. John is a member of the Aisle 16 group of poets. His debut collection 'What If Men Burst In Wearing Balaclavas?' was published earlier this year. Read more.
Fri, 28 May 2010
Anthony Sattin's new book
‘A Winter on the Nile: Florence Nightingale, Gustave Flaubert and the Temptations of Egypt' is the fourth travel book by Anthony Sattin, who graduated from UEA's MA in Creative Writing in 1984. It is published by Hutchinson this week. Anthony's previous books include ‘Lifting the Veil:British Society in Egypt' (1988), ‘The Pharaoh's Shadow' (2000), ‘The Gates of Africa' (2004), and the novel ‘Shooting the Breeze' (1989). He is a regular contributor to newspapers such as The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent. He sits on the editorial advisory board of Geographical Magazine, and has written or contributed to numerous travel guidebooks.
Sun, 9 May 2010
Ian McEwan, Paul Murray and Tiffany Murray shortlisted for Wodehouse prize
Three UEA Creative Writing alumni have been included on the shortlist of five for this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, the UK's only literary award for comic writing. Ian McEwan (1971) is shortlisted for ‘Solar', Paul Murray (2001) for ‘Skippy Dies', and Tiffany Murray (MA 1999, PhD 2006) for ‘Diamond Star Halo'. Tiffany was previously shortlisted in 2005 for her first novel ‘Happy Accidents'. The winner will be announced at the Hay Festival in May and will receive champagne and 52 volumes of the Everyman Wodehouse edition. In addition, a Gloucester Old Spot pig will be named after the winning novel.
Fri, 7 May 2010
Agnes Lehoczky wins Daniil Pashkoff Prize
UEA poet Agnes Lehoczky is one of the three winners of the poetry section of the 2010 Daniil Pashkoff Prize for Creative Writing in English by a Non-Native Speaker, a bi-annual prize awarded by the German-based writing organization Writers Ink. Agnes completed an MA in Poetry at UEA in 2006 and is currently completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of George Szirtes. She teaches on UEA's undergraduate Creative Writing programme, and her first collection of poetry, ‘Budapest to Babel', was published by eggbox in 2008. Read more
Wed, 5 May 2010
Toby Litt's new novel
‘King Death' is the eleventh book by UEA Creative Writing graduate Toby Litt (1995) and is published by Penguin this month. It follows in alphabetical order ‘Adventures in Capitalism' (1996), ‘Beatniks' (1997), ‘Corpsing' (2000), ‘deadkidsongs' (2001), ‘Exhibitionism' (2001), ‘Finding Myself' (2003), ‘Ghost Story' (2004), ‘Hospital' (2007), ‘I play the drums in a band called okay' (2008), and ‘Journey into Space' (2009). Toby was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003.
Tue, 4 May 2010
Trezza Azzopardi's new novel
'The Song House' is the fourth novel by UEA Creative Writing lecturer Trezza Azzopardi and is published by Picador this week. Her first novel, 'The Hiding Place' was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 2000 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. 'Remember Me' was published in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Arts Council Wales Book of the Year. This was followed by 'Winterton Blue' in 2007. Trezza is also a graduate of UEA's MA, which she completed in 1998, and now teaches on both the MA and the undergraduate programme as well as supervising Creative & Critical Writing PhDs.
Sun, 2 May 2010
New novels by Wendy Law-Yone and Brian Chikwava
Two former writing fellows at UEA are publishing novels this week. 'The Road to Wanting' is the third novel by Wendy Law-Yone and is published by Chatto & Windus. Wendy was the David TK Wong Fellow at UEA in 2002 and has previously published 'The Coffin Tree' (1983) and 'Irrawaddy Tango' (1993). 'Harare North' is the first novel by Brian Chikwava and is published in paperback by Vintage. Brian's short story 'Seventh Street Alchemy' was awarded the 2004 Caine Prize for African Writing and in 2005 he became the Charles Pick Writing Fellow at UEA. Read more.
Sat, 1 May 2010
Gillian Daly wins Curtis Brown Award
Gillian Daly 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 in 2008 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 and Lauren Owen in 2009. Gillian is writing a novel called 'The Wash', for which she was last year selected for the Arts Council-funded Escalator scheme. She is a lecturer in Law at UEA and was shortlisted for the 2009 Asham Award. She received her award from Karolina Sutton of the Curtis Brown agency. Read more.
Tue, 27 Apr 2010
Helen Ivory's new collection
‘The Breakfast Machine' is the third collection of poetry by Helen Ivory and is published by Bloodaxe Books this week. Helen studied painting and photography at Norwich School of Art and is currently studying for a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. In 1999 she won an Eric Gregory Award and published her first collection, ‘The Double Life of Clocks', in 2002. She was awarded an Arts Council writer's bursary in 2005 and published ‘The Dog in the Sky' in 2006. She has taught creative writing in the School of Continuing Education at UEA since 2001, and became an Academic Director in the School in 2005. She is also an editor for the Poetry Archive and a tutor for the Arvon Foundation.
Mon, 26 Apr 2010
Richard Lambert wins poetry prizes
Current UEA student Richard Lambert has recently won two national poetry prizes, and been placed runner-up in another. Richard, who is a student on the Prose Fiction strand of the Creative Writing MA, has won the 2009 Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition, judged by George Szirtes, the 2010 Kent and Sussex Poetry Competition, judged by Alan Jenkins, and has been placed second in the 2010 Wigtown Poetry competition, judged by Liz Lochhead.
Sun, 25 Apr 2010
Jenna Butler's new collection of poetry
‘Aphelion' is the latest collection of poetry by UEA Creative Writing alumna Jenna Butler. Jenna completed the Poetry MA with Distinction in 2004 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She was born in Norwich in 1980 but grew up in Canada and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She teaches at Grant MacEwan University. She is the author of three short collections of poetry, ‘Forcing Bloom', ‘weather', and ‘Winter Ballast' (all 2008), and has published individual poems in a wide variety of journals and anthologies. Read more.
Sat, 24 Apr 2010
Alison Falconer receives two script commissions
Recent Scriptwriting MA graduate Alison Falconer has received two new commissions. Alison, who graduated in 2008, was invited by Theatrescience earlier this year to participate in a series of workshops and performances at the Eden Project in Cornwall as part of the ‘Not My Fault' project. Out of this came a commission to write a stage play on the theme of health and genetics which will have its production in November. Alison's second commission is for a 30 minute radio play in the Man in Black series on BBC Radio 7, which will be recorded in August and broadcast in December.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010
Adam Foulds shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize
‘The Quickening Maze' by UEA alumnus Adam Foulds has been shortlisted for the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, worth £25,000 to the winner. ‘The Quickening Maze', about the 1840 meeting of poets John Clare and Alfred Tennyson, was shortlisted for last year's Man Booker Prize and this year won the South Bank Show literature prize. Adam completed the Poetry MA in 2000 and published his first novel, ‘The Truth About These Strange Times', in 2007, winning a Betty Trask Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. His verse novella, ‘The Broken Word', was published in 2008 and won the Costa Poetry Award, the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. Read more.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010
New novel by Mick Jackson
'The Widows' is the third novel by UEA creative writing alumnus Mick Jackson and is published by Faber and Faber this week. Mick completed the MA in Prose Fiction in 1992 and published 'The Underground Man' in 1997. This novel was the winner of the Society of Authors First Novel Award, and was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award. His second novel 'Five Boys' was published in 2001. A book of short stories, 'Ten Sorry Tales', was published in 2005 and the novella 'Bears of England' in 2009. Read more.
Sat, 10 Apr 2010
Four UEA Poets win commendations in National Poetry Competition
Poems by four UEA creative writers were placed among the ten commended poems in this year's £5,000 National Poetry Competition, judged by Ruth Padel, Daljit Nagra and Neil Rollinson. First prize went to Helen Dunmore, with Ian Pindar and John Stammers placed second and third. UEA writers Jon Stone, JP Nosbaum, Sam Riviere and Cherry Smyth were among the ten commendations. Jon completed the BA programme in 2004 and published his first collection of poems, 'I'll Show You Tyrants', in 2005. JP Nosbaum graduated from the Poetry MA in 2000 and has since published widely, including a pamphlet of poems, ‘Fighting in the Captain's Tower', with fellow MA graduate Paul Batchelor. Sam is currently studying for a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. Last year he won an Eric Gregory Award and was this year selected for the Faber's New Poets scheme. Cherry also graduated from the Poetry MA in 2000. Her debut collection, ‘When the Lights Go Up', was published 2001 and her second, ‘One Wanted Thing', in 2006. The commended poems are published on the website of The Poetry Society.
Wed, 7 Apr 2010
Scott Thurston's new collection of poetry
‘Internal Rhyme' is the third collection of poetry by Scott Thurston to be published by Shearsman. Scott completed the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1991 and now lectures the University of Salford, where he convenes an MA in Innovative and Experimental Creative Writing. He is the co-editor of The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry with fellow UEA alumnus Robert Sheppard, Professor of Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. Scott also edits the poetics journal ‘The Radiator' and co-organises The Other Room, a reading series in Manchester. Read more.
Tue, 6 Apr 2010
Naomi Alderman's new novel
‘The Lessons' is the second novel by UEA creative writing graduate Naomi Alderman and is published by Viking this week. Naomi completed the MA in Prose Fiction in 2003, when she was that year's winner of the David Higham Award. Her first novel, ‘Disobedience', was published in 2006 and went on to win the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers. It was also shortlisted for the inaugural Glen Dimplex Award and in 2007 Naomi was named as one of Waterstone's '25 Authors For The Future'.
Mon, 5 Apr 2010
Dunthorne, Riviere and Warner selected for Faber New Poets
Three UEA Creative Writers have been selected for this year's Faber New Poets scheme, funded by Arts Council England. Joe Dunthorne, Sam Riviere and Tom Warner will each benefit from a programme of mentorship, the award of a bursary and the publication of a pamphlet of poems. Joe graduated with Distinction from the MA in Prose Fiction in 2005 and published his first novel ‘Submarine' in 2008. His poetry has been published in Poetry Review, New Welsh Review, Smith's Knoll and Voice Recognition. Sam began to write poetry while at the Norwich School of Art and Design, and is currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. He co-edits the anthology series ‘Stop Sharpening Your Knives' and was the recipient of a 2009 Eric Gregory Award. Tom graduated from the Poetry MA with Distinction in 2001, when he also won an Eric Gregory Award. His poetry has appeared in a number of publications and magazines, including The Rialto and Stand, and he is currently Poet in Residence for Newark-on-Trent.
Sat, 27 Mar 2010
David Almond wins Hans Christian Andersen medal
UEA alumnus David Almond has been awarded the Hans Christian Andersen medal, chosen by an international jury and described as "the world's most prestigious prize in children's literature". The award was inaugurated in 1956 and is conferred biennially for an author's complete works. David graduated from UEA in 1973 with a BA in English and American Studies, and published his first novel for children, 'Skellig', in 1998, having previously published two short story collections for adults. 'Skellig' won that year's Carnegie medal and the Whitbread children's prize. He is also on the shortlist for the Astrid Lindgren memorial award, which is the richest children's book prize in the world. The winner will be announced tomorrow.
Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Jane Camens wins international short story award
UEA alumna Jane Camens has won the 2009/10 Fish Short Story Prize, worth 3,000 Euros and selected by the novelist Ronan Bennett. An anthology of the ten best stories entered for the prize will be launched at the West Cork Literary Festival on 7 July. Jane completed the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2004, and is currently completing her first novel while undertaking a PhD at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where she now lives. Jane is also a founding director of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and the Executive Director (and founder) of the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership. Read more.
Sun, 21 Mar 2010
David Almond shortlisted for two major awards
UEA alumnus David Almond has been shortlisted for two major international prizes for children's literature, the Hans Christian Andersen medal and the Astrid Lindgren memorial award, which is the world's richest children's book prize. David graduated from UEA in 1973 with a BA in English and American Studies. He received the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 1998 for his novel, ‘Skellig', and has twice won the Whitbread Children's Book Award. His 2005 novel, ‘Clay', was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book award and the Carnegie Medal. Read more.
Sat, 20 Mar 2010
New collection by Eleanor Rees
‘Eliza and the Bear' is the second full-length collection of poetry by Eleanor Rees and is published by Salt this week. Eleanor completed the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 2002 and received an Eric Gregory Award that year for her pamphlet ‘Feeding Fire'. Her first full-length collection, ‘Andraste's Hair', was published in 2007 and was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize (Best First Collection) and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry. Eliza runs writing workshops for the Windows Project in Liverpool and is a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University.
Tue, 16 Mar 2010
Ian Mcwan's new novel
'Solar' is the twelfth novel by UEA's inaugural Creative Writing graduate Ian McEwan and is published by Jonathan Cape this week. McEwan graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1971 and published his first collection of stories, 'First Love, Last Rites', in 1975. His second novel 'The Comfort of Strangers' (1981) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, as were 'Black Dogs' (1992), 'Atonement' (2001), 'Saturday' (2005) and 'On Chesil Beach' (2007). He won the prize with 'Amsterdam' in 1998. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and is one of UEA's Distinguished Creative Writing Fellows. Read more.
Mon, 15 Mar 2010
'Corrag' by Susan Fletcher
‘Corrag' is the third novel by UEA alumna Susan Fletcher and is published this week by Fourth Estate. Susan completed the MA in Creative Writing in 2002 and published her first novel, ‘Eve Green', in 2004, winning a Betty Trask Award and the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award. Her second novel, ‘Oystercatchers' (2007), was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Sun, 14 Mar 2010
Joe Dunthorne shortlisted for Sunday Times Short Story Award
UEA Creative Writing graduate Joe Dunthorne has been included on the shortlist of six for the £25,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, which is open to published authors internationally and is the world's richest prize for an individual short story. Joe graduated from UEA's undergraduate programme in 2004 and subsequently achieved a Distinction on the Creative Writing MA, winning the 2005 Curtis Brown Award. His first novel 'Submarine', was published in 2008 and was nominated for numerous prizes, including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Desmond Elliot Prize, the Wodehouse Bolinger Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book and the Wales Book of the Year.
Sat, 13 Mar 2010
'The Loss Adjustor' by Aifric Campbell
'The Loss Adjustor' is the second novel by Aifric Campbell and is published by Serpent's Tail this week. Aifric completed her MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2003 and was awarded a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2007. She had 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 taught on UEA's undergraduate Creative Writing programme in 2006 and 2007 and published her first novel, 'The Semantics of Murder', in 2008.
Sat, 27 Feb 2010
James Scudamore's 'Heliopolis' in paperback
James Scudamore's second novel, 'Heliopolis', is published in paperback by Vintage this week. James graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 2004, and his debut novel, 'The Amnesia' Clinic, was published in 2006. This was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Award, The EDS Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist, The Glen Dimplex New Writers Award and The Commonwealth Writers' Prize before winning the Somerset Maugham Award in 2007. Heliopolis was published in hardback last year and was included on the longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Last year James also returned to UEA as our Creative Writing Fellow and taught on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme.
Fri, 26 Feb 2010
Rose Tremain's new novel
'Trespass' is the latest novel by Rose Tremain and is published by Chatto & Windus this week. Rose graduated from UEA in 1967 and returned to teach on the Creative Writing MA alongside Malcolm Bradbury between 1988 and 1995. She is now one of UEA's Distinguished Writing Fellows. 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 Prize. Her most recent novel The Road Home won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She was awarded a CBE in 2007.
Thu, 25 Feb 2010
Tremain, Beard and Dunthorne longlisted for Sunday Times short story award
Three UEA authors are among the twenty who have been longlisted for the first Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, which is open to published authors from anywhere in the world and carries a prize of £25,000. Rose Tremain, whose story is titled 'The Jester of Astapovo', graduated from UEA in 1967 and subsequently returned to teach on the Creative Writing MA between 1988 and 1995. She is now one of UEA's Distinguished Writing Fellows. Richard Beard graduated from the MA in 1995 and is the author of four novels and three works of non-fiction, most recently 'Becoming Drucilla'. His story is titled 'James Joyce, EFL Teacher'. Joe Dunthorne graduated from the MA in 2005, when he was the recipient of the inaugural Curtis Brown award, and published his first novel 'Submarine' in 2008. He is shortlisted for 'Critical Responses To My Last Relationship'. The shortlist will be announced on 7 March and the prize awarded at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on 26 March.
Sun, 21 Feb 2010
David Flusfeder's new novel
'A Film By Spencer Ludwig' is the latest novel by David Flusfeder and is published by Fourth Estate today. David completed the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1988 and published his first novel, 'Man Kills Woman' in 1993. His second novel, 'Like Plastic', won the 1996 Encore Award, and he has since published 'Morocco' (2000), 'The Gift' (2003) and 'The Pagan House' (2007). David was UEA's Creative Writing Fellow in 2004.
Thu, 4 Feb 2010
First novel by Ashley Stokes
'Touching the Starfish' is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Ashley Stokes and is published by Unthank Books this week. Ashley completed the MA in Creative Writing in 1998 and has published short fiction and reviews in a number of journals and national newspapers. He has taught and directed creative writing in UEA's School of Continuing Education, as well as teaching on the undergraduate programmes at UEA and at Norwich University College of the Arts. Unthank Books is a new publisher based in Norwich and London. Its website includes an invitation for submissions. Read more.
Tue, 2 Feb 2010
South Bank literature prize for Adam Foulds
UEA Creative Writing MA alumnus Adam Foulds has won this year's South Bank Show literature prize for his second novel 'The Quickening Maze', which was last year shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. 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. In 2009 he won a Somerset Maugham Award for his verse novella 'The Broken Word', which had previously 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.
Mon, 1 Feb 2010
Philip Langeskov in Five Dials
Issue 9 of the Hamish Hamilton online journal Five Dials features a short story by Philip Langeskov, 'Notes on a Love Story'. Philip graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2009, when he was the recipient of that year's David Higham Award. Another story by Philip recently appeared in issue 18 of the online journal Untitled Books. Philip is currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical writing at UEA. Read more.
Wed, 27 Jan 2010
Kim Sherwood at the Book Club Boutique
Current UEA undergraduate, Kim Sherwood, is to read from her novel-in-progress at the next literary salon hosted by the Book Club Boutique in London. The Boutique is a weekly event featuring readings and performances by new and established writers and musicians and is organised by Rachel Rayner, a crime fiction editor at HarperCollins, and the poet Selena Godden. This next event will take place at Blacks Members Bar in Soho on Saturday 30th January and will last all day. Kim is in the second year of her BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA and has previously read her poetry at the Boutique.
Wed, 27 Jan 2010
Debut novel by Neel Mukherjee
'A Life Apart' is the debut novel by 2001 UEA graduate Neel Mukherjee and is published in the UK by Constable this week. The novel was previously published by Picador India in 2008 under a different title, 'Past Continuous', and was joint winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award along with Amitav Ghosh's 'Sea of Poppies'. Neel was born in Calcutta and now divides his time between London and America. He is a regular reviewer of fiction for publications including The Times and TIME Magazine Asia. Read more.
Sat, 23 Jan 2010
New novel by Rebecca Stott
UEA's Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Rebecca Stott, has just published her second novel ‘The Coral Thief'. Rebecca's first novel, the historical thriller ‘Ghostwalk' was published in 2007 and was translated into twelve languages. Rebecca is both a novelist and an academic and is the author of several books on Victorian literature and culture, two books of non-fiction, including a biography of Charles Darwin, and a cultural history of the oyster. Read more.
Tue, 19 Jan 2010
New novel by Panos Karnezis
‘The Convent' by UEA alumnus Panos Karnezis is published by Jonanthan Cape this week. Born in Greece in 1967, Panos moved to England in 1992 to study engineering. He worked for a period in industry before joining the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1999. He published his first collection of short stories ‘Little Infamies' in 2002, and his first novel ‘The Maze' (which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize) in 2004. His second novel ‘The Birthday Party' was published in 2007.
Sat, 16 Jan 2010
Christie Watson secures book deal
Recent graduate Christie Watson has just secured a two-book publishing deal with Jane Wood at Quercus. She began writing her first novel 'Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away' during her time on the Creative Writing MA in 2008, when she was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Bursary. Christie has previously published short fiction in Wasafiri's 25th year anniversary edition. She will be reading from her forthcoming novel and discussing 'Researching and Writing a Political Novel' on February 13th at the LSE.
Mon, 11 Jan 2010
Philip Langeskov in Untitled Books
Issue eighteen of the online magazine Untitled Books features a short story by Philip Langeskov, 'Christmas Eve, 1982'. Philip graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2009 and was that year's recipient of the David Higham Award. His writing has previously appeared in The Decadent Handbook and Bad Idea Magazine. Philip is still at UEA and is currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical writing. Previous issues of Untitled Books have featured stories by other UEA alumni, Zoe Green, Lauren Frankel, Alex Sheal, C.D. Rose and Divya Ghelani. Read more.
Thu, 7 Jan 2010
Agnes Lehoczky wins poetry award
Agnes (Agi) Lehoczky is this year's recipient of the Arthur Welton Award, administered by the Society of Authors. The award is worth £1,500 is intended to support a poet in the writing of their second collection. Agi graduated from UEA's Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2006 and is currently studying for a PhD under the supervision of George Szirtes. She teaches on UEA's undergraduate creative writing programme. Her first collection of poetry 'Budapest to Babel' was published by eggbox in 2008 and her second collection will be published, again by eggbox, in 2010. Ben Borek, who graduated from the Poetry MA with a distinction in 2004, won the Arthur Welton Award in 2008 for his first collection 'Donjong Heights', which was also published by eggbox.
Wed, 6 Jan 2010
Sian Melangell Dafydd awarded international scholarship
UEA creative writing graduate Sian Melangell Dafydd has been awarded an international literary scholarship worth more than £3,000. The scholarship is jointly awarded by Translators' House Wales and the HALMA network of European literary centres and allows Sian to complete writing and translation residencies in two European countries during 2010. Sian graduated from the Creative Writing MA at UEA in 2006 and was the winner of the Prose Medal at last year's National Eisteddfod of Wales for her novel 'Y Trydydd Peth' (The Third Thing). She is co-editor of the Welsh language journal Taliesin.
Tue, 5 Jan 2010