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Chelsey Flood signs book deal

'Infinite Sky' is the first novel by recent UEA alumna Chelsey Flood and is to be published in February 2013 by Simon and Schuster in the UK and Arena in Germany. Chelsey graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2010 and was the recipient of that year's Curtis Brown Award for the best student on the MA, as chosen by a panel of Curtis Brown agents. She began writing 'Infinite Sky' (then called 'Silverweed') while on the MA, which resulted in her being selected by Bernadine Evaristo for the 2010-11 Arvon Jerwood Mentoring Scheme. She subsequently received an award of £4,100 from the Arts Council's Grants for the Arts scheme to complete ‘Infinite Sky' and is currently working on her second novel.

Wed, 21 Dec 2011

Sue Healy wins playwriting competition

Recent UEA alumna Sue Healy has won the national Sussex Playwrights' Club Annual Competition for her 50 minute radio play 'Shellakybooky', which will be broadcast in Ireland in spring 2012. Earlier this year Sue won the 2011 Highlands & Islands Short Story Association competition for her story ‘The Last of the Shower'. Sue graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2009 and has since also won the 2010 Waterford Annaghmakerrig Award, the 2010 Ted O'Regan Award, and the 2011 Molly Keane Memorial Award. Earlier this year she was highly commended for The New Writer Annual Award, and has been shortlisted on three occasions previously for the Meridian Award and once for the Wells Literary Festival Award. Her fiction has also been published in the ‘New Europe Writers Anthology', ‘The Moth Literary Magazine', ‘The New Writer Magazine' and 'Duality 6, The Anthology'. Sue teaches creative writing in prisons and runs her own creative writing teaching service: www.suehealy.org

Tue, 20 Dec 2011

Naomi Wood wins British Library Eccles Centre Writer-in-Residence Award

UEA writer Naomi Wood has been announced as one of the two inaugural Writers-in-Residence at the British Library's Eccles Centre for American Studies. The other writer is the socialist-feminist author and honorary fellow of the Universities of Manchester and Bristol, Sheila Rowbotham. Each residency is worth £20,000 and lasts for one year, beginning in January 2012. It is intended to increase awareness of the Library's North American holdings, while using them to research a forthcoming publication. Naomi graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of Professors Giles Foden and Rebecca Stott. Her first novel, ‘The Godless Boys', was published by Picador earlier this year, and she is currently working on ‘Mrs Hemingway', a historical novel exploring the lives of Ernest Hemingway's four wives.

Wed, 7 Dec 2011

W.G. Sebald commemorated

Two new books have been published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the death of W.G. (Max) Sebald, who joined UEA in 1970 as a lecturer in German Literature and became Professor of European Literature in 1987. He was a founding Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at UEA and taught on the MA in Creative Writing from the mid-1990s until his death in a car crash in 2001, aged 57. Until he emerged as an internationally significant novelist with the publication of The Emigrants in 1996, he was known principally as a scholar of German and particularly Austrian literature. His other highly acclaimed and influential novels are Rings of Saturn (1999), Vertigo (2000) and Austerlitz (2001). ‘Across The Land And The Water: Selected Poems, 1964-2001' is published by Hamish Hamilton and translated by Iain Galbraith. ‘Saturn's Moons: W G Sebald – A Handbook' is a compendium of documents, photographs, interviews, memoirs, essays, poems and bibliographies edited by UEA lecturer Jo Catling and Richard Hibbitt, who gained his PhD at UEA and is now a lecturer in French literature at the University of Leeds.

Sun, 4 Dec 2011

Christie Watson and Ian McEwan on the Today programme

Booker prizewinner Ian McEwan and Costa nominee Christie Watson were featured on this morning's Today programme on BBC Radio 4 to discuss their experiences of being at UEA, in celebration of 40 years of Creative Writing at the University. Ian was the inaugural student on the Creative Writing MA, the first of its kind in the UK, and has since become a prizewinning novelist of international renown. Christie gradated from the MA in 2008 and was recently shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award for her debut novel, ‘Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away'. The fortieth anniversary of UEA's Creative Writing programme is celebrated in the publication of ‘Body of Work', an anthology of essays, reminiscences and poetry edited by Giles Foden. This coincides with the launch of a website - www.newwriting.net - designed to showcase the work of UEA students, alumni, faculty and visiting writers, and the award of a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, the UK's most prestigious higher education award.

Thu, 1 Dec 2011

Jean McNeil's first collection of poetry.

‘Night Orders' is the debut collection of poetry by UEA Creative Writing tutor, Jean McNeil, and has just been published by Smith/Doorstop Books. Subtitled ‘Poems from the Arctic and Antarctic', the collection draws on her recent experiences as a writer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey and, in the Arctic, with the Natural Environment Research Council. A novel, ‘The Ice Lovers', which also derived from these residencies, was published in 2009. Jean teaches The Art of Short Fiction on the MA in Creative Writing programme and is the author of the short storycollection ‘Nights in a Foreign Country' as well as three previous novels, including ‘Hunting Down Home' which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize.

Mon, 28 Nov 2011

UEA Creative Writing to receive Queen's Anniversary Prize.

The University of East Anglia's Creative Writing programme is to be awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, the UK's most prestigious higher education award. The news was announced at a reception at St James' Palace on 24th November. UEA Director of Creative Writing, Andrew Cowan, will receive the award from the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 24th February. The citation for the award, which recognises outstanding work at a world-class level, notes UEA's pioneering role in establishing the academic discipline of Creative Writing in the UK, the unrivalled success of its alumni over the last forty years, and its continuing importance as an internationally renowned centre of excellence in the teaching of Creative Writing.

Mon, 28 Nov 2011

Body of Work to be launched at UEA London

A new book celebrating four decades of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia is to be launched at UEA London on 1st December. ‘Body of Work' is edited by UEA Professor of Creative Writing, Giles Foden, and is published by Full Circle Editions. It comprises fifty autobiographical contributions from some of the programme's best known students and tutors, including Malcolm Bradbury, Kazuo Ishiguro, Rose Tremain, Andrew Motion, Tracy Chevalier, Ian McEwan, Lorna Sage and George Szirtes. It will be launched alongside a new website - www.newwriting.net - which has been created by UEA and Writers' Centre Norwich to showcase the work of UEA students, alumni, faculty and visiting writers of international standing.

Sun, 27 Nov 2011

Justine Mann wins 'Highly Commended' in the Bridport Prize

UEA graduate Justine Mann has won a Highly Commended award for her story ‘Love By Proxy' in this year's international Bridport Short Story Prize, judged by AL Kennedy. Justine graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2008, when she was previously shortlisted for the prize. She won second prize in the Fish International Short Story Prize in 2007 and has been published in a number of anthologies. She is a creative writing tutor and careers adviser and is currently working on the novel she began during her MA year. Sue Butler, who graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1999, was shortlisted for both the Short Story and the Poetry prizes in this year's Bridport competition, having been a runner-up in the Short Story prize last year.

Sat, 26 Nov 2011

Sian Melangell Dafydd and Tiffany Murray in Kerala

Two UEA graduates, Siân Melangell Dafydd and Tiffany Murray, are appearing at this year's Hay literary festival in Kerala, India. Siân graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2006 and is appearing as part of the India Wales Writers Chain project, organised by Wales Literature Exchange and the British Council. She was the winner of the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2009. Tiffany will be appearing with Germaine Greer, Jon Gower and Simon Armitage in a series of readings and talks at the festival. She graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 1999 and the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2006 and is the author of two novels, ‘Happy Accidents' (2004) and ‘Diamond Star Halo' (2010), both of which were shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011

Joshua Allen and Ashley Stokes in 'Unthology 2'

Two UEA writers are included in the latest collection of new short fiction to be published by independent publisher, Unthank Books. Joshua Allen is a current student on the Prose Fiction MA, having graduated from UEA's BA in Literature & Philosophy in 2010, and is included alongside 1998 alumnus Ashley Stokes, whose first novel ‘Touching the Starfish' was published by Unthank Books last year. Also recently published by Unthank Books are volumes 3 and 4 of ‘Writers in Conversation', a collection of interviews conducted for UEA's rolling Literary Festival by Professor of American Literature, Chris Bigsby, and including authors such as Salman Rushdie, Doris Lessing, Graham Swift, Toni Morrison, Richard Ford, AS Byatt and Jonathan Franzen.

Tue, 22 Nov 2011

Janice Okoh wins the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

Recent UEA graduate Janice Okoh has won the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting for her play ‘Three Birds'. Janice graduated from the Scriptwriting strand of UEA's MA in Creative Writing in 2008, and was one of twelve writers selected for the Channel 4 screenwriting course earlier this year. Her previous works include ‘Egusi Soup', which premiered at the 2009 Hotbed Festival and was toured by Menagerie, and ‘SE8', which was broadcast in the Afternoon Play slot on BBC Radio 4 last year. Janice was also a runner-up for the 2011 Verity Bargate Award for ‘The Real House'. The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is worth £16,000 to the winner and Janice will now also have the chance to develop her play with the Royal Exchange with a view to production at the Exchange and publication with Nick Hern Books.

Thu, 17 Nov 2011

Martyn Bedford shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award

UEA alumnus Martyn Bedford has been included on the shortlist of four for the 2012 Costa Children's Book Award. Martyn is nominated for 'Flip', his first novel for young adults, which was published by Walker Books earlier this year. A second young adult novel, 'The Fallen One', will be published next year. Martyn graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1994 and now teaches on the English & Writing programme at Leeds Trinity University College. He has previously published five novels for adults, including 'Acts of Revision', which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Novel award in 1996. The winner of the Costa Children's Book Award will be announced on 4th January, and the overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award on 24th January.

Wed, 16 Nov 2011

Andrew Miller shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award

UEA alumnus Andrew Miller has been included on the shortlist of four for the 2012 Costa Novel Award. Andrew is nominated for his sixth novel, ‘Pure', which was published by Sceptre earlier this year. He graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 1990 and published his first novel, ‘Ingenious Pain', in 1997. This won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the Italian Grinzane Cavour Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, ‘Oxygen', was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Booker Prize in 2001. The winner of the Costa Novel Award will be announced on 4th January, and the overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award on 24th January.

Wed, 16 Nov 2011

Christie Watson shortlisted for Costa First Novel Award

Recent UEA graduate Christie Watson has been included on the shortlist of four for the 2012 Costa First Novel Award. Christie graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2008 and published her first novel, ‘Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away', with Quercus earlier this year. Before joining UEA, where she was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary, she worked as a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, a teacher of nursing and as a senior sister. She lives in London and is currently writing her second novel. The winner of the Costa First Novel Award will be announced on 4th January, and the overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award on 24th January.

Wed, 16 Nov 2011

Four UEA Authors longlisted for Impac Dublin Award

Four graduates of the UEA Creative Writing MA are among the authors longlisted for the 2012 International Impac Dublin Literary Award, which is worth 100,000 Euros to the winner, making it the world's richest literary prize for a single work of fiction. Naomi Alderman (2003) is nominated for ‘The Lessons', Panos Karnezis (2000) for ‘The Convent', Ian McEwan (1971) for ‘Solar', and Paul Murray (2001) for ‘Skippy Dies'. The shortlist will be announced on 12th April 2012 and the winner revealed on 13th June. A 1990 graduate of the UEA MA, Andrew Miller, won the Impac Dublin Award in 1999 for his novel ‘Ingenious Pain'.

Tue, 8 Nov 2011

Meghan Purvis wins The Times Stephen Spender Prize

UEA writer Meghan Purvis has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Times Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation. Meghan came to England from Fresno, USA, to take the Creative Writing Prose MA at UEA in 2005 and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing this year under the supervision of George Szirtes and Jean Boase-Beier. She won the Open category of the competition for her translation of 'The Collar' from 'Beowulf'. Her translation of 'Modthryth', also from Beowulf, was commended for the prize, as was a translation of Osip Mandelsam's 'Tristia' by Sam Riviere, who is also completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA.

Sun, 6 Nov 2011

Esther Morgan shortlisted for T.S. Eliot Prize

UEA writer Esther Morgan has been shortlist for this year's T.S. Eliot Prize for her third collection of poetry, ‘Grace', which has just been published by Bloodaxe Books. Esther graduted from the Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 1997 and subsequently taught on both UEA's undergraduate Creative Writing programme and for the School of Continuing Education. She was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 1998 and her first collection, ‘Beyond Calling Distance', was published by Bloodaxe in 2001. This won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 2010 she won the Bridport Poetry Prize for her poem ‘This Morning'. The T.S. Eliot Prize is worth £15,000 to the winner and £1,000 to each of the shortlisted candidates. The winner will be announced on 15th January.

Wed, 2 Nov 2011

Gayle O'Brien wins Hookline Novel Competition

UEA graduate Gayle O'Brien has won the 2011 Hookline Novel Competition for her novel for young adults, ‘Underground'. Gayle grew up in rural New England and moved to the UK in 1999 after gaining a BA in Literature from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She graduated from UEA's Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2005 and now lives in Kent with her husband and two children. The Hookline competition is open only to students and graduates of MA writing courses in the UK and is judged by reading groups around the country. Another UEA alumna, Tamara Britten (2006), was shortlisted for the award. The winning title is guaranteed publication by Hookline Books, and ‘Underground' will appear in April 2012.

Tue, 1 Nov 2011

Helon Habila edits 'Granta Book of the African Short Story'

UEA writer Helon Habila is the editor of the recently published ‘Granta Book of the African Short Story', which includes work by twenty-nine writers representing twenty countries. Helon came to UEA as a Writing Fellow in 2004 and subsequently enrolled for the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. His first novel ‘Waiting for an Angel' was published in 2002 and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in the Africa Region, Best First Book category. His second novel, ‘Measuring Time', was published in 2007, and his latest novel, ‘Oil on the Water', followed in 2010. This was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He is currently teaching Creative Writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Sat, 29 Oct 2011

Alex Ivey longlisted for Mslexia competition

Recent UEA graduate Alex Ivey has been longlisted for the Mslexia Women's Novel Competition. Alex moved to England from the USA in 1999 and worked in the voluntary sector managing older people's services before graduating from UEA's Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA last year. She is longlisted for her Young Adult novel, ‘Kingdoms', which she developed while on the MA. The Mslexia competition is being judged by the novelist Sarah Waters, the broadcaster Jenni Murray and the literary agent Clare Alexander, and is worth £5,000 to the winner.

Fri, 28 Oct 2011

Esther Morgan's new collection

‘Grace' is the third collection of poetry by UEA alumna Esther Morgan and is published this week by Bloodaxe Books. Esther graduated from the Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 1997 and subsequently taught on both UEA's undergraduate Creative Writing programme and for the School of Continuing Education. She was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 1998 and her first collection, ‘Beyond Calling Distance', was published by Bloodaxe in 2001. This won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 2010 she won the Bridport Poetry Prize for her poem ‘This Morning'. The poem is included in ‘Grace', which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Esther is Historic Recordings Manager for the Poetry Archive, the world's largest online collection of poets reading their own work.

Thu, 27 Oct 2011

Sue Healy wins Short Story Prize

'The Last of the Shower', a new story by UEA writer Sue Healy, has won the 2011 Highlands & Islands Short Story Association competition. Sue graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2009 and has since also won the 2010 Waterford Annaghmakerrig Award, the 2010 Ted O'Regan Award, and the 2011 Molly Keane Memorial Award. Earlier this year she was highly commended for The New Writer Annual Award, and has been shortlisted on three occasions previously for the Meridian Award and once for the Wells Literary Festival Award. Her fiction has also been published in the ‘New Europe Writers Anthology', ‘The Moth Literary Magazine' and ‘The New Writer Magazine'. Sue teaches creative writing in prisons and runs her own creative writing workshops: www.suehealy.org

Wed, 26 Oct 2011

Jane Harris shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Award

UEA writer Jane Harris has been shortlisted for the Popular Fiction Book of the Year category of the Galaxy National Book Awards for her second novel, ‘Gillespie and I', which was published by Faber and Faber earlier this year. Jane graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1992, and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 1995. Between 1992 and 1994 she was the Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at HMP Durham, and for several years she taught on UEA's undergraduate Creative Writing programme. Her first novel ‘The Observations' was published in 2006 and was nominated for numerous prizes, including the Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year Best Novel award, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the Glen Dimplex Award, the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award, the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year Award, and the South Bank Show / Times Breakthrough Award. Jane is married to the film and TV director, Tom Shankland, another graduate of the UEA MA. The winners of the Galaxy National Book Awards will be announced on 4th November.

Fri, 21 Oct 2011

'The White Trail' by Fflur Dafydd

‘The White Trail' is the new novel by UEA alumna Fflur Dafydd and is published by Seren this week. A contemporary retelling of the medieval Welsh folk tale, ‘Culhwch and Olwen', it is the fifth in Seren's series of reworkings from the Mabinogion epic, the first of which was ‘White Ravens', published by UEA alumus Owen Sheers in 2009. Fflur graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2000, having already published a collection of stories and poems, ‘Y Gwir Am Gelwydd' ( ‘The Truth About Lies'), at the age of 20. She subsequently gained a PhD on the poetry of R.S. Thomas from the University of Wales, and published her first novel ‘Lliwiau Liw Nos' (‘Colours by Night') in 2005. Her second novel ‘Atyniad' (‘Attraction') won the prose medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2006 and she published her first English-language novel, ‘Twenty Thousand Saints' in 2008, for which she received the Oxfam Hay Emerging Writer of the Year Award. Her most recent Welsh-language novel is ‘Y Llyfrgell' (‘The Library'), which won the 2009 National Eisteddfod of Wales Daniel Owen Memorial Prize and the inaugural Max Boyce Prize in 2010.

Mon, 17 Oct 2011

Adam Foulds wins European Union Prize for Literature

UEA alumnus Adam Foulds is one of twelve winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Literature, announced this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair. 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. His most recent novel, ‘The Quickening Maze', was shortlisted for the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction and for the 2009 Man Booker Prize, and was the winner of the Encore Award and the South Bank Show literature prize. Each winner of the European Union Prize for Literature, which recognises the best new or emerging authors in the EU, receives €5,000 and the opportunity to have their work translated. Adam has won the award for ‘The Quickening Maze'.

Thu, 13 Oct 2011

David Almond shortlisted for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

‘My Name is Mina' by UEA alumnus David Almond has been included on the shortlist of four titles in the running for this year's Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, which will be decided in November. Published by Hodder last year, ‘My Name is Mina' is a prequel to David's bestselling first novel for children 'Skellig', which was published in 1998 and won that year's Carnegie medal and the Whitbread children's prize. ‘My Name is Mina' has also been nominated for the 2012 UK Literacy Association Children's Book Award. David graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973. His first novel for adults, ‘The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean', was published earlier this year by Viking.

Sat, 8 Oct 2011

'Our Lady of Alice Bhatti' by Mohammed Hanif

‘Our Lady of Alice Bhatti' is the second novel by UEA alumni Mohammed Hanif and is published by Jonathan Cape this week. Mohammed graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2005 and published his debut novel, 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes', in 2008. This was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the James Tait Black Prize, and was the winner of the Literature Prize at the 2009 Corine International Book Awards and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Europe and South Asia Best First Book category. He will be discussing ‘Our Lady of Alice Bhatti' at the DSC South Asian Literature Festival in London on 10th October.

Fri, 7 Oct 2011

Divya Ghelani in Tindal Street anthology

‘Your Incredible Excuse', a new short story by UEA alumna Divya Ghelani, is included in the anthology ‘Too Asian, Not Asian Enough', which is published this week by Tindal Street Press and is edited by Kavita Bhanot. Divya graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2007 and subsequently worked in advertising in London before being awarded a fully-funded Mphil studentship by the University of Hong Kong, where she is writing a thesis on the representation of educational institutions in fiction. She is meanwhile completing her first novel. .

Thu, 6 Oct 2011

Four UEA authors longlisted for UK Literary Association Children's Book Award

Four UEA Creative Writing alumni have been longlisted for the 2012 UK Literacy Association Children's Book Award, a national award chosen by teachers. John Boyne (MA 1995) is nominated in the 7-11 category for ‘Noah Barleywater Runs Away', published by David Fickling Books. In the 12-16 category, David Almond (BA 1973) is nominated for ‘My Name is Mina', published by Hodder, Martyn Bedford (MA 1994) for ‘Flip', published by Walker Books, and Tim Bowler (MA 1992) for ‘Buried Thunder', published by OUP. Shortlisting and the final judging will be carried out by teachers leading up to the UKLA International Conference next year and the winners will be announced at the Conference, which will be held at the University of Leicester in July 2012. .

Tue, 27 Sep 2011

DW Wilson wins BBC National Short Story Award

UEA writer DW (Dave) Wilson has been announced as the winner of this year's BBC National Short Story Award. Dave won the £15,000 prize for his story ‘The Dead Roads', which was written during his MA year and is included in his debut collection, ‘Once You Break a Knuckle', published by Hamish Hamilton Canada earlier this month. Dave graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2010, when he was the inaugural winner of the Booker Foundation scholarship, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA under the supervision of Andrew Cowan and Stephen Benson. Another UEA writer, KJ Orr - who graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2007 - was also shortlisted for the award for her story ‘The Human Circadian Pacemaker'.
Listen to the story.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011

A Gathering Storm

‘A Gathering Storm' is the fifth novel by UEA tutor Rachel Hore and is published by Simon & Schuster 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), ‘The Glass Painter's Daughter' (2009) and ‘A Place of Secrets' (2010) which was last year selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub. .

Fri, 16 Sep 2011

'The Causal Perfect' by Lavinia Greenlaw

‘The Casual Perfect' is the new collection of poetry by UEA Professor of Creative Writing Lavinia Greenlaw and is published by Faber & Faber this week. Professor Greenlaw has previously published three books of poetry, most recently ‘Minsk' (2003), which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. She has also published a memoir, ‘The Importance of Music to Girls' (2007), and two novels: ‘Mary George of Allnorthover', which won France's Prix du Premier Roman Etranger, and ‘An Irresponsible Age'. Her work for radio includes programmes about the Arctic and Baltic, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, and Dutch landscape painting, as well as several dramas. She also writes opera libretti and song texts. .

Mon, 12 Sep 2011

DW Wilson and KJ Orr shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award.

Two UEA Creative Writers have been included on the shortlist of five for this year's BBC National Short Story Award, worth £15,000 to the winner. DW (Dave) Wilson is shortlisted for ‘The Dead Roads' and KJ (Katherine) Orr for ‘The Human Circadian Pacemaker'. Dave graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2010, when he was the inaugural winner of the Booker Foundation scholarship, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. ‘The Dead Roads' was written during his MA year, and is included in his debut collection, ‘Once You Break a Knuckle', which was published by Hamish Hamilton Canada earlier this month. Katherine graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2007 and was subsequently awarded a studentship to undertake a PhD at Chichester University under the supervision of Alison MacLeod, who is also shortlisted for the BBC award. Katherine was previously shortlisted for the Asham Award in 2009 and for the Bridport Prize in 2010. The five stories shortlisted for the BBC award will be broadcast daily at 3:30 on Radio 4 from 12th September, and the winner of the award will be announced on 26 September.
Listen to the shortlisted stories.

Sun, 11 Sep 2011

Anjali Joseph is joint winner of the Vodaphone Crossword Book Award

Following her earlier successes this year in winning a Betty Trask Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize, UEA writer Anjali Joseph has been announced as the joint winner of the Vodaphone Crossword Book Award, the biggest private sector book prize in India. She shares the award with Omair Ahmed for his novel ‘Jimmy The Terrorist', which was published by Hamish Hamilton last year. Anjali's novel ‘Saraswati Park' was previously shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South Asia and Europe Best First Book), and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. She graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA while working on her second novel. She teaches on the UEA undergraduate programme.

Thu, 8 Sep 2011

Guardian 9/11 stories by Rob Magnusson Smith and Helon Habila

Stories by two UEA Creative Writing alumni have been included in the Guardian's 9/11 short fiction project, which is running all this week and aims to bring together writers from all over the world ‘to examine what has changed and what has not over the course of the last decade.' ‘Second Skull' by Rob Magnusson Smith appears today. Rob completed his MA in Creative Writing at UEA last year, when he also published his first novel, ‘The Gravedigger'. He has since been awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship to undertake a PhD at Bath Spa university. Helon Habila's story ‘The Second Death of Martin Lango' was published on Wednesday. Helon came to UEA as a Writing Fellow in 2004. His first novel ‘Waiting for an Angel' was published in 2002 and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in the Africa Region, Best First Book category. He began studying for his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA in 2005 and is currently teaching Creative Writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. .

Wed, 7 Sep 2011

Green Dobermans by Liz Adams

‘Green Dobermans' is the debut collection of poetry from Liz Adams and is published by Lazy Gramophone Press this month. Liz graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2007, having previously completed the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2005. Her work has appeared in morphrog, Iota Fiction, The Frogmore Papers and Stand magazine. She has also collaborated with musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as part of the Voiceworks project and is currently studying on the MRes programme at the London Consortium. .

Mon, 5 Sep 2011

David Almond's new novel

‘The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean' is the first novel for adults by UEA alumnus David Almond and is published by Viking this week. 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. A prequel to ‘Skellig' - ‘My Name is Mina' - was longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize earlier this year. Last year he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen medal, chosen by an international jury and described as "the world's most prestigious prize in children's literature". .

Sat, 3 Sep 2011

'Once You Break a Knuckle' by DW Wilson

‘Once You Break a Knuckle' is the debut collection of short stories by UEA writer DW (Dave) Wilson and is published by Hamish Hamilton Canada this week. Dave graduated from UEA's Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2010, when he was the inaugural winner of the Booker Foundation scholarship, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. He grew up in the Kootenay Valley, British Columbia, Canada, and his stories have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, Ireland, and the UK, including the Malahat Review, Grain, and Southword. Earlier this year he received three nominations in the Fiction category of the annual Canadian National Magazine Awards. His first novel, ‘Ballistics', will be published in 2012. .

Thu, 1 Sep 2011

'Lazarus is Dead' by Richard Beard

‘Lazarus is Dead' is the new novel by UEA alumnus Richard Beard and is published today by Harvill Secker. Richard graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1995 and has since published four novels: ‘X20' (1996), ‘Damascus' (1998), ‘The Cartoonist' (2000) and ‘Dry Bones' (2004). He is also the author of three works of non-fiction: ‘Muddied Oafs: The Last Days of Rugger' (2003), ‘Manly Pursuits: Beating the Australians' (2006) and ‘Becoming Drucilla: One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders' (2008). Last year he was appointed Director of the National Academy of Writing in London, whose website can be found by clicking on the heading above. .

Thu, 18 Aug 2011

Eight UEA writers nominated for Guardian's 'Not the Booker' prize

Eight graduates of the UEA creative writing programme have been nominated for this year's Guardian ‘Not the Booker' prize, which is decided by public vote. They are Richard Beard (MA 1995) for ‘Lazarus is Dead', Anne Enright (MA 1987) for ‘The Forgotten Waltz', Jane Harris (MA 1992, PhD 1995) for ‘Gillespie and I', Amanda Hodgkinson (MA 2001) for '22 Britannia Road', Andrew Miller (MA 1990) for ‘Pure', Jake Wallis Simons (PhD 2009) for ‘The English German Girl', Luke Williams (MA 2002) for ‘The Echo Chamber', and Naomi Wood (MA 2008) for ‘The Godless Boys'. Former UEA Creative Writing tutors, Jill Dawson and Ali Smith have also been nominated. .

Mon, 15 Aug 2011

Anjali Joseph shortlisted for Vodaphone Crossword Book Award

UEA writer Anjali Joseph has been shortlisted for this year's Vodaphone Crossword Book Award, the biggest private sector book prize in India. Her novel ‘Saraswati Park' is nominated in the Fiction category that fellow UEA graduate Neel Mukherjee won in 2008. Anjali graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA while working on her second novel. She teaches on the UEA undergraduate programme. Last month ‘Saraswati Park' was the selected as the winner of both a Betty Trask Award worth £10,000 and the 2011 Desmond Elliott Prize, also worth £10,000, having previously been shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South Asia and Europe Best First Book), and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. .

Mon, 15 Aug 2011

Joe Dunthorne's new novel

‘Wild Abandon' is the second novel by UEA alumnus Joe Dunthorne and is published by Hamish Hamilton this week. Joe graduated from UEA's undergraduate programme in 2004 and from the Creative Writing MA in 2005, when he was the winner of the inaugural Curtis Brown Award, worth £7,500. His first novel ‘Submarine', which he workshopped while on the MA, was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for Desmond Elliot Prize, the Wodehouse Bolinger Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book Award. The film adaptation, directed by Richard Ayoade, went on general release earlier this year, while a selection of Joe's poetry was published in the Faber New Poets series last year. .

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

Elisabeth Fairchild in The Missouri Review

‘A Heavy Breath', a new short story by UEA graduate Elisabeth Fairchild, appears in the Summer 2011 issue of The Missouri Review. Elisabeth was born in San Francisco and grew up among the coastal redwoods of northern California. She graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2008 is currently working on a collection of short stories, The Pacific. Her story can by found by clicking on the heading above. .

Wed, 27 Jul 2011

Emily Bullock wins Bristol Short Story Prize

UEA Creative Writing graduate Emily Bullock has won this year's Bristol Short Story Prize worth £1,000 plus a £150 Waterstone's gift card. Emily's story, ‘My Girl', will be published in Venue Magazine and Bristol Review of Books as well as the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 4. Emily graduated from UEA's Prose Fiction MA in 2004 and is currently tutoring for the Open University in Literature and Creative Writing while working on her PhD, also with the Open University. Her novel, ‘The Separate Principle' was published in 2008 by the Arts Council-funded YouWriteOn.com and Legend Press scheme for new writers. Also shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize and included in the anthology is Eluned Gramich, who will be starting her MA at UEA in September. .

Wed, 20 Jul 2011

Jacob Marcet nominated for FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest

Recent UEA graduate Jacob Marcet has been named as one of the finalists in this year's FOX TV-New York Television Festival Comedy Script Contest. Originally from the US, Jacob completed his MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) at UEA in 2009. His nominated script, ‘Summer Break', is one of twenty-five in the running for a $25,000 cash prize and a development deal with the Fox Broadcasting Company. In the meantime his nomination entitles him to a three-month development deal and the possibility of his script being optioned whether or not he receives the prize, which will be announced on 24 September.

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

The Art of Camping by Matthew de Abaitua

‘The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars' by Matthew De Abaitua is both a history of camping and a memoir of a year spent touring with his wife and three children and is published by Hamish Hamilton this week. Matthew graduted from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1994. His first novel ‘The Red Men' was published by Snowbooks in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. He was for several years the Deputy Editor of the magazine The Idler and co-edited with Tom Hodgkinson ‘The Idler's Companion: An Anthology of Lazy Literature'. .

Mon, 4 Jul 2011

Aifric Campbell in 'New Irish Short Stories'

‘Larry, lay down' is a new short story by UEA alumna Aifric Campbell and is included in the anthology ‘New Irish Short Stories, edited by Joseph O'Connor and recently published by Faber. Aifric completed an MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2003 and a PhD in 2007. Her first novel, ‘The Semantics of Murder', was published by Serpent's Tail in 2008 and her second, ‘The Loss Adjustor', in 2010. She taught on UEA's undergraduate Creative Writing programme in 2006 and 2007, and has since taught on the MA programme at Sussex University. She was recently commissioned to write the script for a documentary to be directed by the Dutch visual artist Barbara Visser, and her third novel, ‘On the Floor, will be published by Serpent's Tail in February 2012. .

Fri, 1 Jul 2011

Debut novel by Martha Schabas

Various Positions' is the debut novel by UEA Creative Writing graduate Martha Schabas and is published by Doubleday Canada this week. Martha was born in Toronto and gained a BA in Political Science from McGill University before coming to UEA in 2006. She was the recipient of that year's David Higham Award and graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2007. Her articles, reviews and short fiction have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Broken Pencil and Maisonneuve Magazine and she is currently completing an MA in English Literature at Queen's University, Ontario, while working on her second novel. .

Thu, 30 Jun 2011

Anjali Joseph wins Desmond Elliott Prize

Having last week won a Betty Trask Award worth £10,000 for her first novel ‘Saraswati Park', UEA writer Anjali Joseph has been chosen as the recipient of this year's Desmond Elliott Prize, also worth £10,000. Anjali graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA while working on her second novel. She was included in the Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's best 20 novelists under the age of 40 prior to the publication of ‘Saraswati Park' last year. The novel has since been shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South Asia and Europe Best First Book), and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Another UEA alumnus, Edward Hogan, won the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2009 for his first novel ‘Blackmoor'. .

Thu, 23 Jun 2011

Anjali Joseph wins Betty Trask Award

UEA writer Anjali Joseph has won this year's main prize of £10,000 in the Betty Trask Awards for her first novel ‘Saraswati Park'. Anjali graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA while working on her second novel. She has recently taught on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing programmes at UEA. Her novel was previously shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South Asia and Europe Best First Book), and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. She is currently also on the shortlist of three writers contending for this year's Desmond Elliott prize, which will be announced next week. .

Wed, 15 Jun 2011

David Almond longlisted for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

UEA alumnus David Almond has been longlisted for this year's Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for ‘My Name is Mina', published by Hodder last year. 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. Last year he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen medal, chosen by an international jury and described as "the world's most prestigious prize in children's literature". .

Mon, 13 Jun 2011

Sue Healy wins Molly Keane Memorial Creative Writing Award

UEA Creative Writing graduate Sue Healy has won the 2011 Molly Keane Memorial Creative Writing Award, a national short story competition in Ireland, for her story 'Snailsock'. She collected her award at the Lismore Festival of Writing yesterday. Sue graduate from the MA in Prose Fiction in 2009. A journalist who spent eleven years in Budapest editing ‘Hungary A.M.' and ‘Expat Echo', her fiction was published in the ‘New Europe Writers Anthology' in 2008, while in 2010 she won the Waterford Council Annaghmakerrig Award and the Ted and Mary O'Regan Arts Award. Earlier this year she was commended for the New Writer Annual Award, shortlisted for the Meridian Award, and longlisted for the Jane Austen Literary Award. Sue currently teaches creative writing in prisons and is editing her first novel.

Sun, 12 Jun 2011

Three new titles by Robert Sheppard

UEA Creative Writing graduate Robert Sheppard has recently published a new collection of poems, ‘Berlin Bursts', a critical history of alternative British poetry, ‘When Bad Times Made for Good Poetry', and a pamphlet with Knives Forks and Spoons Press, ‘The Given'. Robert was in 1979 the first poet to graduate from the UEA Creative Writing MA and is currently Professor of Creative Writing and Programme Leader of the MA Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. He is the editor, with fellow UEA graduate Scott Thurston (1991), of the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. .

Fri, 3 Jun 2011

Ysabelle Cheung in Untitled Books

‘So Why Are We Here Again?', new short story by current UEA undergraduate Ysabelle Cheung, is featured in the New Voices section of the online literary journal Untitled Books. Ysabelle is soon to complete her BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA, and is currently interning at Granta magazine. Another of her stories, ‘The Dead Thing', was recently selected for inclusion in the ‘Workshop' anthology of UEA undergraduate writing. .

Fri, 3 Jun 2011

Andrew Miller's new novel

'Pure' is the sixth novel by UEA alumnus Andrew Miller and is published by Sceptre this week. Andrew graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1990 and published his first novel 'Ingenious Pain' in 1997. This went on to win the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the Italian Grinzane Cavour Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His third novel, 'Oxygen', was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Prize and the Booker Prize in 2001. .

Thu, 2 Jun 2011

Tamara Britten and Gayle Kennedy shortlisted for Hookline competition

Two UEA Creative Writing alumni have been included on the shortlist of five competing for this year's Hookline Novel Competition. Gayle O'Brien Kennedy graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2005 and is shortlisted for her novel 'Underground'. Tamara Britten graduated in 2006, when she was the recipient of that year's Curtis Brown Award, and is shortlisted for her novel 'Nandi Flame'. The Hookline competition is now in its fourth year and accepts submissions only from students and graduates of MA writing courses. Reading groups select the shortlist and the eventual winner, whose novel will be published by Hookline books. The announcement of the winner will be made in November. 

Thu, 2 Jun 2011

UEA Undergraduate Anthology published today

'Workshop', a new anthology of creative writing by UEA undergraduates, is published today in memory of Will Jordan, a student of American Literature and Creative Writing, who passed away last year. Conceived and compiled by his friends, including Tom Graves and managing editor Rachel Holden, the anthology has been published with assistance from the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Trust under the guidance of the novelist and UEA tutor Rachel Hore. It contains prose and poetry by 39 students, including Will, with illustrations by students from University College Falmouth.

Thu, 2 Jun 2011

Clare Morgan's new novel

‘A Book for All and None' is the second novel by UEA alumna Clare Morgan and is published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson this week. Clare graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1991 having already published one novel, ‘A Touch of the Other', with Gollancz in 1984. Her short stories have been widely anthologised and broadcast and were published as ‘An Affair of the Heart' by Seren in 1996. After graduating from UEA, Clare gained a D.Phil from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and is currently the Director of Oxford's Master of Studies in Creative Writing. A book based on her research in conjunction with The Boston Consulting Group, ‘What Poetry Brings to Business', was published by the University of Michigan Press last year. .

Tue, 31 May 2011

UEA teams up with the Guardian to offer writing Masterclasses

UEA has today announced a partnership with the Guardian to offer a series of Creative Writing Masterclasses in London to be taught by award-winning authors including Adam Foulds (who graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2000), Bernardine Evaristo (a former UEA Writing Fellow), Gillian Slovo, Geoff Dyer, Sarah Hall, and Ross Raisin. Three courses of six to nine months duration will be on offer, each aimed at a different level of experience: How to tell a story; How to complete a first draft of a novel; and How to finish a work of fiction. A Diploma in Creative Writing, accredited by UEA, will be awarded on completion of each course. Ian McEwan, the inaugural UEA Creative Writing student, said: ‘This is an exciting and timely initiative. UEA and the Guardian already make a significant contribution to the literary culture of this country. By working together they will provide a powerful focus and opportunity for people to discover what they can achieve at different stages of their writing lives.' .

Thu, 26 May 2011

Anjali Joseph shortlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize

The longlist of ten contenders for this year's Desmond Elliott prize has been reduced to a shortlist of three, including UEA writer Anjali Joseph for her first novel ‘Saraswati Park'. Anjali graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA while working on her second novel. She has recently taught on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing programmes at UEA. Her novel was previously shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South Asia and Europe Best First Book), and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. The Desmond Elliott prize is worth £10,000 and was won in 2009 by UEA alumnus Edward Hogan for his first novel ‘Blackmoor'. This year's winner will be announced on 23 June. .

Wed, 25 May 2011

The Art of Writing Fiction by Andrew Cowan

'The Art of Writing Fiction' is new guidebook to Creative Writing by UEA Senior Lecturer Andrew Cowan and is published by Pearson Longman this month.  The twelve chapters of the book - which contains dozens of writing exercises - correspond closely to Andrew's teaching on the undergraduate programme at UEA.  The final chapter on the Creative Writing workshop draws on his experience of teaching the MA in Prose Fiction.  Andrew is himself a graduate of both the BA and MA courses at UEA.  He has published four novels, including the prizewinning 'Pig' and 'What I Know', and was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the UEA before joining the faculty as a Senior Lecturer in 2004.  He is now the Director of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction). .

Tue, 24 May 2011

Anjali Joseph shortlisted for Ondaatje Prize

‘Saraswati Park', the debut novel by UEA writer Anjali Joseph, has been shortlisted for this year's Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, which is worth £10,000 and rewards a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that evokes the spirit of a place. The winner will be announced on 23 May. Anjali graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. Her novel, which was published by 4th Estate last year and has just been issued in paperback, is also currently longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and was previously shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South Asia and Europe Best First Book). 

Thu, 19 May 2011

'The Echo Chamber' by Luke Williams

‘The Echo Chamber' is the debut novel by UEA Creative Writing alumnus Luke Williams and is published by Hamish Hamilton this month. Luke was born in 1977 and grew up in Fife, Scotland. He studied History at Edinburgh University before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2001. After graudation he was awarded the 2003 Charles Pick Fellowship and subsequently moved to London, where he set up a live literature event, Plum, with fellow UEA graduate, Natasha Soobramanien, who contributed three chapters to ‘The Echo Chamber' and with whom he is collaborating on a new novel-length project combining fiction and non-fiction. .

Thu, 12 May 2011

Adam Foulds wins Encore Award

UEA Creative Writing alumnus Adam Foulds has won the 2011 Encore Award 2011 for his second novel, ‘The Quickening Maze'. The £10,000 prize was presented by the novelist Ali Smith at a reception in London earlier this week. Adam graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2000 and published his first novel, ‘The Truth About These Strange Times', in 2007. His book length narrative poem, ‘The Broken Word' was published the following year and won the Costa Book Award. ‘The Quickening Maze' was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009. It also won the South Bank Show literature prize in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. .

Thu, 12 May 2011

John Boyne's new novel

‘The Absolutist' is the new novel by UEA Creative Writing alumnus John Boyne and is published by Doubleday in the UK this week. John's 2006 novel for children, ‘The 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 published six previous novels and two novellas for adults as well as two titles for younger readers. .

Thu, 12 May 2011

Best Selling novel translated by Ann Gagliardi

Twice Born', the bestselling Italian novel by Margaret Mazzantini, has been translated by UEA Creative Writing alumna Ann Gagliardi and will be published this month by Viking Penguin in the USA and Oneworld in the UK. Originally from the USA, Ann graduated from the UEA Prose Fiction MA in 2005 and now lives with her family in Bologna, where she works at the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center. Originally from Ireland, Margaret Mazzantini is well-known in Italy as an actress and writer whose earlier novel 'Non ti muovere' ('Don't Move') was adapted as a film of the same name, starring Penélope Cruz.

Wed, 11 May 2011

'The English German Girl' by Jake Wallis Simons

‘The English German Girl' is the second novel by Jake Wallis Simons and is published this month by Polygon. Born in London in 1978, Jake was awarded a first class degree in English from St Peter's College, Oxford, before undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at UEA in 2007. His first novel, ‘The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew', was published in 2005 and named by the Independent on Sunday as a Book of the Year. Jake is writes for a number of broadsheet newspapers in the UK, and regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 4. .

Tue, 10 May 2011

New Novel by Jane Harris

‘Gillespie and I' is the new novel by UEA alumna Jane Harris and is published by Faber and Faber today. Jane graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1992, and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 1995. Between 1992 and 1994 she was the Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at HMP Durham, and for several years she taught on UEA's undergraduate Creative Writing programme. Her first novel ‘The Observations' was published in 2006 and was nominated for numerous prizes, including the Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year Best Novel award, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the Glen Dimplex Award, the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award, the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year Award, and the South Bank Show / Times Breakthrough Award. Jane is married to the film and TV director, Tom Shankland, another graduate of the UEA MA, and is herself a prizewinning filmwriter. 

Thu, 5 May 2011

DW Wilson nominated for national award

UEA writer D.W. Wilson has received three nominations in the Fiction category of the annual Canadian National Magazine Awards. These are ‘The Persistence', which was published in Prairie Fire, and two stories written during his MA year: ‘The Dead Roads', which was the first runner-up in the PRISM International Fiction Contest, and ‘The Mathematics of Friedrich Gauss', which was published in Grain. Dave, who is 26, was the inaugural winner of UEA's Booker Foundation Scholarship and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) last year. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and his debut collection of short stories, ‘Once You Break a Knuckle', is due to be published by Hamish Hamilton Canada later this year. His first novel, ‘Ballistics', will follow in 2012. .

Wed, 4 May 2011

Agnes Lehoczky wins poetry prize

UEA writer Agnes Lehocsky is to be awarded the inaugural Jane Martin Poetry Prize by Girton College, Cambridge. Agnes is a Hungarian-born poet and translator who completed UEA's Creative Writing (Poetry) MA with distinction in 2006. She recently completed her PhD in Critical and Creative Writing at UEA under the supervision of George Szirtes, and taught for two years on UEA's undergraduate programme before taking up a position teaching on the MA course at the University of Sheffield. Her first two short ollections of poetry were published in Hungary in 2000 and 2002, and in 2008 she published her first English collection of poems, ‘Budapest to Babel' with Egg Box. She will receive the Jane Martin Poetry Prize jointly with Emily Critchley at a ceremony at Girton College on Saturday 7th May. A week later, on 14th May, The Voice Project Choir will be performing a libretto jointly written by Agnes, George Szirtes and Andrew McDonnell at Norwich Cathedral as part of the 2011 Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Thu, 28 Apr 2011

Anne Enright's new novel

‘The Forgotten Waltz' is the new novel by UEA alumna Anne Enright and is published by Jonathan Cape this week. Anne graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1987 and published her first collection of stories, ‘The Portable Virgin', in 1991. She has since published one other collection of stories, a work of non-fiction - ‘Making Babies' - and four other novels, most recently ‘The Gathering', which was the Irish Novel of the Year and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize. .

Tue, 26 Apr 2011

Amanda Hodgkinson's debut novel

‘22 Britannia Road' is the first novel by UEA Creative Writing alumna Amanda Hodgkinson and is published by Fig Tree this week. Amanda, who graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2001, now lives in south west France, where she is a columnist for La Dépèche du Midi newspaper in Toulouse. ‘22 Britannia Road' has also been sold in America, France, Italy, Greece and Holland, and was selected for the inaugural ‘Waterstone's 11' list, a major new promotion for first novels.

Mon, 25 Apr 2011

Anjali Joseph nominated for Desmond Elliott Award

‘Sarawati Park', the debut novel by UEA writer Anjali Joseph, has been included on the longlist of ten novels for the 2011 Desmond Elliott prize, which is worth £10,000 to the winner. The contenders will be narrowed down to a shortlist of three on 25 May, and the winner announced on 23 June. Anjali graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. Her novel, which was published by 4th Estate last year and has just been issued in paperback, was previously shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South Asia and Europe Best First Book). The Desmond Elliott prize was won in 2009 by UEA alumnus Edward Hogan for his first novel ‘Blackmoor'. .

Sun, 24 Apr 2011

'Flip' by Martyn Bedford

'Flip' is the first novel for young adults by UEA alumnus Martyn Bedford and has recently been published by Walker Books in the UK and Wendy Lamb Books (Random House) in the US. A second young adult novel, 'The Fallen One', will be published next year. Martyn graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1994 and now teaches on the English & Writing programme at Leeds Trinity University College. He has previously published five novels for adults, including 'Acts of Revision', which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Novel award in 1996. .

Mon, 11 Apr 2011

'The Godless Boys' by Naomi Wood

‘The Godless Boys' is the debut novel by Naomi Wood and is published by Picador today. Naomi graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2008 and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. She was recently the Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where she researched her second novel, ‘Miss Hemingway', a fictional account of the lives of the Hemingway women. Naomi will be reading from her novel in the UEA Drama Studio on May 9th along with fellow alumni Christie Watson (‘Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away') and Jake Wallis Simons (‘The English German Girl'). 

Fri, 1 Apr 2011

Fabian Chaundy commissioned for Chilean TV

Current UEA undergraduate Fabian Chaundy has been commissioned to write almost half the episodes for the tenth season of a popular children's TV show in Chile. Fabian is in the third year of his BA in English Literature with Creative Writing, having spent his gap year in Chile, where he secured a position with MEGA TV, a major national TV company, as a translator. He worked as a simultaneous interpreter on live TV, and adapted the Chilean version of Fox Entertainment's gameshow 'Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader'. MEGA TV then offered him the position of subtitler for children's series 'BKN', an award winning show in the style of 'Glee' or 'S-Club 7'. Fabian has now written original episodes for the show since season 7, and will be responsible for 14 out of the forthcoming season's 30 episodes.

Tue, 29 Mar 2011

Chelsey Flood wins Curtis Brown Award

Chelsey Flood is this year's winner of the £1,500 Curtis Brown Award, 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'. Chelsey received her award from Karolina Sutton of the agency for her novel-in-progress 'Silverweed'. Chelsey also recently received an award of £4,100 for the Arts Council's Grants for the Arts scheme to complete her novel over the next six months. .

Tue, 22 Mar 2011

Joe Dunthorne's Submarine on general release

The film adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's first novel, ‘Submarine', goes on general release in the UK today. The film is directed by Richard Ayoade and stars Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine. The soundtrack to the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, features several songs by Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys. Joe graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 2005 and was the winner of that year's Curtis Brown Award. ‘Submarine' was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for Desmond Elliot Prize, the Wodehouse Bolinger Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book Award. A selection of Joe's poetry was published in the Faber New Poets series last year. His new novel will be published in August. .

Fri, 18 Mar 2011

Louise Doughty longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction

UEA Creative Writing alumna Louise Doughty has been nominated for this year's Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel, ‘Whatever You Love'. Louise completed the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1987 and published her first novel, ‘Crazy Paving', in 1995. ‘Whatever You Love' is her sixth novel and was shortlisted last year for the Costa Novel Award. Also on the longlist for the Orange Prize is Wendy Law-Yone, whose third novel. ‘The Road to Wanting', was published by Chatto & Windus last year. Wendy was the David TK Wong Writing Fellow at UEA in 2002 and has previously published 'The Coffin Tree' (1983) and 'Irrawaddy Tango' (1993). The Orange Prize was established in 1996 and is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman in the English language. The shortlist will be announced on April 12 and the winner of the £30,000 prize unveiled on June 8. .

Tue, 15 Mar 2011

Christie Watson's first novel

‘Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away' is the debut novel by Christie Watson and is published by Quercus this week. Christie trained as a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and worked as a nurse, educator and senior sister for over ten years before joining UEA for her MA in Creative Writing in 2007. She was the recipient of that year's Malcolm Bradbury Bursary. ‘Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away' will be published later this spring by Other Press in the USA and Cassava Republic in Nigeria. Christie, who is currently completing her second novel, will be reading at UEA Drama Studio on May 9th with two other alumni, Naomi Wood and Jake Wallis Simons. She lives in London with her Nigerian Muslim partner, and their large dual heritage, multi-faith family.

Fri, 11 Mar 2011

Erin Soros and Clare Wigfall nominated for short story award

Two UEA writers have been longlisted for this year's Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, which is worth £30,000 to the winner. Current PhD student Erin Soros is nominated for her story ‘BC Almanac', while Clare Wigfall, who graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 2000, is nominated for ‘Professor Arvind'. The winner will be announced at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival in April, and among the judges are AS Byatt, Melvyn Bragg, Daisy Waugh and Will Self. Both Erin and Clare were previously shortlisted for a major prize in 2008, when Clare was selected as the winner of the BBC National Short Story for her story ‘The Numbers'. Clare published her debut collection of stories, ‘The Loudest Sound and Nothing' in 2007. .

Tue, 8 Mar 2011

The Hollow Man by Oliver Harris

‘The Hollow Man' is the first novel by UEA Creative Writing alumnus Oliver Harris and is published by Jonathan Cape this month. Oliver was born in London in 1978 and gained a first-class degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from University College, London, before joining the UEA Craetive Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2003. He is currently taking a PhD at Birkbeck, London, and reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. .

Sun, 6 Mar 2011

Ben Lyle in new short fiction anthology

‘Crannock House', a short story by recent UEA graduate Ben Lyle, is to appear in Various Authors, the first of a new quarterly series of short fiction anthologies to be published by The Fiction Desk. Ben studied Philosophy at the University of Warwick and interrupted a career in the film industry, where he worked for such companies such as the UK Film Council, Fine Line Features and Working Title, in order to join the Creative Writing MA in 2009. Having graduated with a distinction, he is now completing his first novel and is co-head of development at Gorgeous Films. .

Tue, 1 Mar 2011

Edward Hogan's new novel

‘The Hunger Trace' is the second novel by UEA alumnus Edward Hogan and is published by Simon & Schuster this month. Edward graduated from the Creative Writing MA at UEA in 2004 and was the recipient of that year's David Higham Award. He published his first novel 'Blackmoor' in 2008, which went on to win the 2009 Desmond Elliott Prize, worth £10,000. He was also shortlisted for the 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize and the 2009 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. .

Sun, 27 Feb 2011

Maire Cooney wins international short story award

Recent UEA graduate Maire Cooney has won the 2010 Raymond Carver Short Story Award for her story ‘The White Rabbit'. The award is organised by US literary journal The Carve, and is worth $1,000 to the winner. Maire's winning story is published in the current edition of the magazine, which can be found by clicking on the heading above. Maire graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) last year and is currently working on her first novel. .

Sat, 26 Feb 2011

Jane Lawes signs book deal with Usborne

UEA graduate Jane Lawes has signed with book publisher Usborne to write a series of novels for children on the theme of gymnastics. The first three titles in the Gym Stars series will be ‘Summertime and Somersaults', ‘Friendships and Back Flips' and ‘Surprises and Superstars'. All will be published next spring. Jane, who is represented by the literary agency A.M. Health, studied acrobatic gymnastics at St David's School in Middlesex before undertaking her BA in American Literature with Creative Writing at UEA. She graduated in 2008. .

Thu, 24 Feb 2011

Reel ed altre poesie

'Reel ed altre poesie' is the Italian-language selected poems of UEA Reader in Creative Writing, George Szirtes. Translated by the Italian poet Gabriele Natali and published by Polistampa, this is the third translated selection of George's work, following recent publications in Hungarian and Romanian. A German selected poems is in progress. George teaches poetry on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at UEA, and is himself a renowned translator of Hungarian fiction into English. A major study of his work, 'Reading George Szirtes' by John Sears, was published in 2009. 

Tue, 22 Feb 2011

New book by Agnes Lehoczky

‘Poetry, the Geometry of the Living Substance' by UEA graduate Agnes Lehoczky is the first sustained study in English of one of the most important Hungarian writers of the 20th century, the modernist poet Ágnes Nemes Nagy. It has just been published by Cambridge Scholars and will be launched at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London in April. Agnes is a Hungarian-born poet and translator who completed UEA's Creative Writing (Poetry) MA with distinction in 2006. She recently completed her PhD in Critical and Creative Writing at UEA under the supervision of George Szirtes, and taught for two years on UEA's undergraduate programme before taking up a position teaching on the MA course at the University of Sheffield. Her first two short ollections of poetry were published in Hungary in 2000 and 2002, and in 2008 she published her first English collection of poems, ‘Budapest to Babel' with Egg Box. She was the recipient of the Arthur Welton Poetry Award and the winner of the Daniil Pashkoff Prize in poetry in 2010. She is currently working on her second collection of poems in English, to be published by Egg Box in 2011.

Mon, 21 Feb 2011

Ian McEwan to receive Jerusalem Prize

UEA alumnus Ian McEwan is to receive Israel's most prestigious literary award, the Jerusalem prize, at the Jerusalem book fair this month. The prize, which is worth £6,000, is awarded biennially to a writer whose works deal with themes of individual freedom in society. Among the previous recipients are Bertrand Russell, Simone de Beauvoir, JM Coetzee, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Haruki Murakami. McEwan was the sole inaugural graduate of UEA's Creative Writing MA in 1971 and has since accepted the honorary awards of Distinguished Writing Fellow and Jubilee Professor of the University of East Anglia from the university. He is the author of fourteen works of fiction, including ‘Amsterdam', which won the Booker Prize in 1998. .

Sun, 20 Feb 2011

Anjali Joseph and Helon Habila shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers' Prize

Two UEA Creative Writers have been included on this year's shortlists for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Anjali Joseph is nominated in the South Asia and Europe Best First Book category for her novel 'Saraswati Park', while Helon Habila is nominated in the Africa Best Book category for his third novel ‘Oil On Water'. Anjali was born in Bombay in 1978 and read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, before graduating from the UEA Creative Writing MA with a distinction in 2008. She has taught English at the Sorbonne, and currently teaches on UEA's undergraduate Creative Writing programme while completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. Last year she was included in The Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's best 20 novelists under the age of 40. 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 in the Africa Region, Best First Book category. He was a Writing Fellow at UEA in 2004 before studying for his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, from which he graduated in 2008. He is currently teaching Creative Writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he lives with his family. .

Wed, 16 Feb 2011

Phyllida Scrivens on Radio Norfolk

Phyllida Scrivens, who was until recently the secretary to the Head of the School of Literature and Creative Writing at UEA, has won second prize in the Norwich Writers' Circle short play competition, judged by BAFTA-award winning screenwriter Glenn Chandler. Her play, 'Switch Over Beethoven', was performed on BBC Radio Norfolk and can be heard by clicking on the heading above. Phyllida is shortly to complete a BA in Creative Writing with the Open University. .

Tue, 25 Jan 2011

Paul Murray shortlisted for Major US Book Prize

UEA alumnus Paul Murray has been included on the shortlist of five titles in the fiction category of the National Book Critics Circle Award in America for his second novel, ‘Skippy Dies'. Paul was was born in 1975 and studied English literature at Trinity College, Dublin before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2000-1. His debut novel, 'An Evening of Long Goodbyes', was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003. ‘Skippy Dies' is published by Faber & Faber and was shortlisted last year for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing and the Costa Novel Award. It was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. .

Mon, 24 Jan 2011

Bernardo Bueno in Brazilian anthology

'The Cold Grave of Mimi Meyers', a new short story by UEA writer Bernardo Bueno, is to be included in the Brazilian anthology '24 Characters per Second', which will be published by Dublinense this spring. Each story in the collection, which is edited by Rodrigo Rosp, was inspired by a film director, in Bernardo's case Tarantino. Bernardo was the first student in Brazil to complete an MA with a Creative Writing component, and is the recipient of a Brazilian government scholarship to undertake a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, where he is being supervised by Clare Connors and Andrew Cowan. He has published short stories in numerous other journals and anthologies in Brazil, and his first collection, 'Minimundo' (IEL 2006), was the recipient in 2007 of the 'South, National and Books Literary Award' Best New Author prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Açorianos Award for the Best Short Story Collection.

Fri, 21 Jan 2011

New novel by Carol Topolski

‘Do No Harm' is the second novel by UEA alumna Carol Topolski and is published by Fig Tree (Penguin) this week. Carol is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2004. Her debut novel ‘Monster Love' was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and the Guildford Book Festival First Novel Award in 2008 and is published by Penguin. .

Sun, 16 Jan 2011