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New stories by David Whelan, Buku Sarkar, Ruth Gilligan and Rob Magnuson Smith

‘And Andrea' is a new short story by current UEA Creative Writing MA student David Whelan and is published in the current edition of nth position – www.nthposition.com. Earlier this year David published stories in the Valley Press ‘Front Lines' anthology and the journals Five, Prole 8, Litro, and the New Voices section of Untitled Books, which this year also featured 2005 graduate Emily Midorikawa, and 2006 graduate Liz Adams. ‘The Visit', a short story by recent graduate Buku Sarkar, who completed the MA in 2011, is meanwhile published in the ‘Amnesty' issue of the journal n+1, which can be found online at www.nplusonemag.com. Another graduate of the 2011 MA, Ruth Gilligan, is published in the current issue of the Istanbul Review, along with 2010 MA alumnus Rob Magnuson Smith, who will also feature in the forthcoming spring issue of the Literarian, the magazine of the Centre for Fiction in New York. Rob was recently named as a Contributing Editor at Playboy.

Wed, 19 December 2012

Anjali Joseph longlisted for Man Asian Literary Prize

‘Another Country', the second novel by UEA writer Anjali Joseph, has been longlisted for this year's Man Asian Literary Prize, which is worth $30,000 to the winner. Anjali graduated from the Prose Fiction strand of the Creative Writing MA in 2008, and is currently completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, where she teaches on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme. ‘Another Country' was written for her PhD, and was published earlier this year by 4th Estate. Anjali was born in Bombay in 1978 and read English at Trinity College, Cambridge before joining UEA. Her debut novel ‘Saraswati Park' was published in 2010 and won both a Betty Trask Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2011. It was the co-winner of the 2011 Vodaphone Crossword Book Award and was 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. Anjali was also included in The Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's best 20 novelists under the age of 40. The shortlist for the Man Asian Literary Prize will be announced on 9th January, with the winner revealed on 14th March.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012

Colette Sensier at Spread the Word book launch

Current UEA student Colette Sensier will be reading this evening at the launch of ‘Things That Have Happened', an anthology of new writing published by Treehouse Press in association with Flight 2012, a mentoring scheme for five young writers organized by Spread the Word and run in partnership with the Poetry School. The event happens at Keats House in London and will also feature two of the mentors, Bernardine Evaristo and Shaun Levin. Colette was born in Brighton in 1988 and studied English at King's College, Cambridge, before joining the Prose Fiction strand of the UEA Creative Writing MA this year. While at school she won the Foyle's, Peterloo and Tower Poetry prizes, and has since featured in Oxfam's ‘Asking a Shadow to Dance', Salt's ‘Best British Poetry 2011', the ‘Salt Book of Younger Poets', and ‘Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam', as well as in various magazines. Earlier this year she published her debut collection of poetry, ‘How Many Camels Is Too Many?' She is currently working on her first novel.

Thu, 6 Dec 2012

Anna Selby shortlisted for Time Out award

UEA alumna Anna Selby has been shortlisted for the h.Club100 award, jointly sponsored by Time Out magazine and the Hospital Club to discover the most innovative and influential people in the British creative industries. She is nominated in the Publishing and Writing category alongside novelist Zadie Smith, Granta editor Ellah Alfrey and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, among others. Anna graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2005, and last year organised the UK's biggest poetry festival, Poetry Parnassus, while working as the Literature and Spoken Word Co-ordinator at the Southbank Centre in London. An anthology of the event, ‘The World Record', co-edited with Neil Astley, was published earlier this year by Bloodaxe, and next year Salt will publish Anna's debut pamphlet of poetry. Her work has previously been published in ‘Magma', ‘Smith's Knoll', ‘The Rialto' and the ‘Cinnamon Anthology of Young British Poets', and she recently joined Writers' Centre Norwich as a Programme Manager.

Fri, 30 Nov 2012

Christie Watson wins Red magazine award

UEA graduate Christie Watson has been announced as winner of the ‘Creative' category of Red magazine's ‘Red's Hot Women Awards', which celebrate the achievements of women from a range of careers. The winners will be featured in the January 2013 issue of Red. Christie graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2008 and published her first novel ‘Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away' with Quercus in 2011. 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 while continuing to work part-time as a resuscitation nurse. ‘Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away' was the winner of the 2012 Costa First Novel Award and recently also won the Waverton Good Read Award. .

Thu, 29 Nov 2012

Amit Chaudhuri wins Infosys Prize

UEA Professor of Contemporary Literature Amit Chaudhuri has won the 2012 Infosys Prize for outstanding contribution to the Humanities in Literary Studies. The jury for the £30,000 pound award includes Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Harvard professor Homi Bhabha, Columbia professors Akeel Bilgrami and Sheldon Pollock, and Leila Seth, India's first female high court chief justice. The Infosys Prizes were instituted in 2008, and this is the first to given in Literary Studies. Amit teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at UEA, and will be launching an international UEA writing programme in India next spring with an eight-day course for twenty-four students. He is the author of numerous works, including five novels, most resently ‘The Immortals' (2010), a book of short stories, a book of poems, a critical study of DH Lawrence's poetry, and the collection of essays ‘Clearing Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture' (2008). Among the awards he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Writers Prize, a Betty Trask award, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Government of India's Sahitya Akademi award.

Fri, 23 Nov 2012

'Night Journey' by Richard Lambert

'Night Journey' is the first full-length collection of poetry from UEA alumnus Richard Lambert and has just been published by Eyewear. Richard has a PhD in Medieval History from the University of Bristol and completed the MA in Prose Fiction at UEA in 2010, when he graduated with Distinction. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals and collected in the Bloodaxe anthology ‘The Poetry Cure'. In 2008, his pamphlet ‘The Magnolia' was published by Rialto, and in 2010 he won first prize in the Yorkshire Poetry Competition and in the Kent & Sussex Poetry Competition, and was runner-up in the Wigtown Poetry Competition. He is currently completing the novel he began while at UEA.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012

Jane Willis wins Biographers Club Prize

Jane Willis, a graduate of the first UEA Life Writing MA course in 2001, has been announced as the winner of this year's £2,000 Tony Lothian Prize for ‘Marguerite, Byron and the Literary Factory'. The prize is given for the best proposal by an uncommissioned, first-time biographer, and was presented at a dinner at the Savile Club in London this week.

Thu, 15 Nov 2012

New short stories by K.J. Orr

‘The Inland Sea' by UEA Creative Writing alumna K.J. (Katherine) Orr is to be published this month by Daunt Books in a special limited edition, while ‘Elegy For A Bio-Pirate' has been commissioned by Comma Press for the forthcoming collection ‘Bio-Punk: Stories From the Far Side of Research'. Katherine's story ‘The Human Circadian Pacemaker' was shortlisted for the 2011 BBC National Short Story Prize. She graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 2008, and in 2010 won AHRC funding for a collection of short stories as part of her PhD at the University of Chichester. She has won awards for both short fiction and plays, and been shortlisted for the London Writers' Prize, the Asham Award and the Bridport Prize. .

Wed, 14 Nov 2012

UEA authors in Unthology No.3

Five UEA Creative Writing alumni have been included in the third anthology of new short fiction by independent publisher Unthank Books. ‘Unthology No.3' is edited by Robin Jones and Ashley Stokes and contains new work by MA graduates Charlie Wilkinson (1984, ‘My Oldest and Dearest Friends'), Ashley Stokes (1998, ‘Trans-Neptune'), CD Rose (2007, ‘A Publisher Surveys the Changing Literary Scene'), Philip Langeskov (2009, ‘The Russians') and Gordon Collins (2010, ‘Even Meat Fill'). The website for Unthank Books is here: www.unthankbooks.com .

Tue, 13 Nov 2012

Fermata by Dennison Smith

‘Fermata' is the new collection of poetry by UEA writer Dennison Smith and has just been published by Quattro Press of Toronto. Dennison graduated from the Creative Writing MA at UEA this year and has just embarked on her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing under the supervision of novelist Henry Sutton. Her first novel, ‘Scavenger', was published by Insomniac Press in 1998, and her next novel, ‘Eye of the Day', will be published by Harper Collins next year. Her previous collection of poetry, ‘Anon Necessity', was published by LyricalMyrical Press in Toronto in 2010. Dennison has received the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award, the Francis Lerner Award for Performance Literature, and the Stand International Short Story Award.

Sun, 11 Nov 2012

Tim Cockburn shortlisted for EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards

Recent UEA graduate Tim Cockburn has been shortlisted for an EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Award. His pamphlet ‘Appearances in the Bentinck Hotel' was published by Salt last year and is one of three titles to be nominated in the Poetry category. Tim was born in 1985 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, and raised in Nottingham. He studied Fine Art and Creative Writing at the Norwich School of Art and Design, and completed the Poetry strand of the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2010.

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

Mariama Ives-Moiba wins Trinity College International Playwriting Competition

Current UEA undergraduate Mariama Ives-Moiba is one of the winners of the 2012 Trinity College International Playwriting Competition for her play ‘A Concrete Jungle Full of Wild Cars'. The play is set in Sierra Leone and is the winner in the category of one-act plays for audiences aged between 12-16 years. Mariama is in the second year of her BA in History at UEA and is studying Scriptwriting this semester. She will receive a prize of £1,000 and her play will be performed at the Unicorn Theatre in January 2013.

Sun, 21 Oct 2012

Tom Benn and DW Wilson reach shortlist of Dylan Thomas Prize

Two graduates of the 2010 Creative Writing MA at UEA have been included on the shortlist of five in contention 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 aged between 18 and 30. D.W. Wilson is nominated for his debut collection of short stories, ‘Once You Break A Knuckle', which was published by Bloomsbury earlier this year. Dave was the inaugural recipient of UEA's Booker Foundation bursary, and is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of Andrew Cowan and Stephen Benson. A story from his collection, ‘The Dead Roads', was the 2011 winner of the BBC National Short Story Award, and a more recent story, ‘One More Thing Coming Undone', was recently shortlisted CBC Short Story Prize. Tom Benn is nominated for his first novel, ‘The Doll Princess', which was published by Jonathan Cape earlier this year. He graduated from UEA's undergraduate programme in 2009, and was the recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary. Earlier this year ‘The Doll Princess' was also longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and has also just been shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature. Work by both writers can be found on UEA's creative writing website at www.newwriting.net.

Sat, 20 Oct 2012

UEA Creative Writing BA tops the National Student Satisfaction Survey

The undergraduate Creative Writing programme at UEA has achieved joint first place for overall student satisfaction in the 2012 National Student Satisfaction Survey. Along with Winchester University and the University of Hull, UEA achieved a score of 97% for overall satisfaction. The score is consistent across the English Literature with Creative Writing BA, the American Literature with Creative Writing BA, and the Scriptwriting and Performance BA. The American Literature element of the programme achieved a score of 100% for student satisfaction. Details of how to apply for our courses can be found on our website.

Thu, 18 Oct 2012

Emily Midorikawa placed third in new novel award

UEA alumna Emily Midorikawa has been placed joint-third in the SI Leeds Literary Prize, a new award for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women based in the UK. The prize is run by Soroptimist International of Leeds in partnership with the Ilkley Literature Festival and Peepal Tree Press. Emily graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA (Prose Fiction) in 2005, and was selected for the prize for her first novel ‘A Tiny Speck of Black and then Nothing'. She is of English and Japanese origin and graduated with a BA in History from University College, London, before joining UEA. Her work has been published in Aesthetica, Mslexia and The Times, and she is a visiting writer and tutor for the Circle of Missé retreat in France. She currently teaches writing at NYU in London and with the Open University. Her website can be found at emilymidorikawa.com

Wed, 17 Oct 2012

'Effie Gray, Fair Maid of Perth' by Linda Randall

‘Effie Gray, Fair Maid of Perth' is the first book by UEA alumna Linda Randall, and has just been published by Melrose Books. Linda read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge and has taught French, Italian and English as a Foreign Language at home and abroad. She completed the UEA MA in Life-Writing in 2006 and won an Escalator Literature Award in 2009. ‘Effie Gray, Fair Maid of Perth' is a biography of the wife of Victorian art critic John Ruskin, whom she took to court for non-consummation of marriage before subsequently marrying the pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. The book was shortlisted in manuscript for the Tony Lothian Biographers' Club Prize in 2009.

Sat, 13 Oct 2012

The 2012 UEA Creative Writing anthologies

This year's UEA Creative Writing anthologies are published this month by Eggbox and will be launched with public reading events in Norwich and London. Published in three separate volumes - Prose, Poetry and Scriptwriting - the anthologies feature new work by the MA class of 2011-12 and will be available for sale at the launch events and directly from Eggbox at www.eggboxpublishing.com. The Norwich launch will take place at the UEA Drama Studio on Tuesday 16th October at 7pm, and the London launch at the London Review Bookshop at 14 Bury Place, WC1, on Wednesday 24th October at 7pm. Compiled, edited and designed by the students themselves, and published with support from the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Trust, these are the latest anthologies in an annual series that began with ‘Unthank' in 1989. The first drama scripts appeared in the 1994 anthology, ‘Matrix', the first poems in the 1997 anthology, ‘Catapult', and the first pieces of Lifewriting in the 2004 anthology, ‘Concertina'. This year's Prose anthology features an introduction by last year's Costa Book Award winner, Andrew Miller, who himself featured as a graduating student in the 1990 anthology ‘Exposure'.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012

Tom Benn, Edward Hogan and Mark Illis shortlisted for Portico Prize

Three UEA Creative Writing alumni have been shortlisted for this year's Portico Prize for Literature, which is worth £10,000 to the winner and is intended to celebrate books set mainly or wholly in the North of England. Mark Illis graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1987 and is shortlisted for his fifth novel, ‘The Last Word', which was published by Salt in 2011. Edward Hogan graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004, when he was the recipient of that year's David Higham Award. He is shortlisted for his second novel, ‘The Hunger Trace', which was published by Simon and Schuster in 2011 and was previously shortlisted for the Encore Award. His first novel ‘Blackmoor' was published in 2008 and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Tom Benn graduated from the UEA undergraduate programme in 2009 and the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010. He is shortlisted for his debut novel, ‘The Doll Princess', which was published by Jonathan Cape earlier this year and is also in the running for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and the Dylan Thomas Prize. His second novel, ‘Chamber Music', will be published in January 2013. The winner of the Portico Prize will be announced on 22nd November.

Hayley Webster's debut novel

‘Jar Baby' is the debut novel by UEA alumna Hayley Webster and has just been published by Dexter Haven Publishing, the first of a three-book deal. Hayley studied English and United States Literature at the University of Essex, graduating with a first class degree in 2002. She graduated with distinction from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2005, and was selected for an Escalator Award, administered by Writers' Centre Norwich, that same year. She received an Arts Council East Grant for the Arts award in 2006 to assist in the writing of ‘Jar Baby', and currently teaches English at a high school in Norfolk.

Mon, 8 Oct 2012

Sam Riviere wins Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection

UEA writer Sam Riviere has been announced as the winner of this year's £5,000 Felix Dennis Prize for his debut collection of poetry, '81 Austerities', which was published earlier this year by Faber and Faber. Sam was born in 1981 and began writing poetry during his BA in Creative and Cultural Studies at the Norwich School of Art and Design. Subsequently he graduated with Distinction from the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, before joining UEA in 2008 to undertake a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing under the supervision of George Szirtes and Jeremy Noel-Tod. In 2005 he co-founded the anthology series ‘Stop Sharpening Your Knives' and in 2009 he was awarded an Eric Gregory Award. In 2010 he was selected for the Faber New Poets scheme, and in 2011 he was commended for the Times Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation. In addition to Sam's success, the former convenor of the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA, Denise Riley, has been announced as the winner of the £1,000 Forward Prize for the best single poem for ‘A Part Song', which commemorates her lost son.

Tue, 2 Oct 2012

New play by Steve Waters on BBC Radio 4

‘The Air Gap' is a new one-hour play for radio by UEA lecturer in Creative Writing, Steve Waters. Based on the story of US soldier Bradley Manning, who leaked classified information about US operations in Iraq to WikiLeaks, the play stars Greg Wohead and is directed by Boz Temple-Morris. It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 6th October at 2.30pm. Steve joined UEA in 2011 and is the Director of the BA programme in English Literature with Creative Writing. One of the most highly respected playwrights in the UK, he is currently under commission to produce new plays for Absolute Theatre, Birmingham Rep. and the Donmar Warehouse, and is adapting his earlier play 'The Contingency Plan' for Film 4/Cowboy Films. A new play, ‘Ignorance', will be staged by Hampstead Downstairs/ The Peter Wolff Trust between 15 November and 15 December. .

Tue, 2 Oct 2012

Amit Chaudhuri to teach UEA Creative Writing course in India

UEA is to launch an international writing programme in India next spring with an eight-day course for twenty-four students. The course, which is intended for students who wish to develop as writers of prose fiction, will be taught through intensive workshops, tutorials and lectures by the novelist and UEA Professor of Contemporary Literature Amit Chaudhuri. Amit teaches on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA, as well as the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, and will be the Director of the India programme. The course begins on 25th March 2013 and applicants should send a 2000-word sample of their writing, with a CV and reference, to Brigitte Nelson in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK. Email: b.nelson@uea.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is 30th January 2013 and fees for the course will be Rs 25000 for 8 days, excluding accommodation. Successful applicants will also be offered guidance in applying for scholarship funding to undertake the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. .

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

Timberlake Wertenbaker and Ali Smith join UEA

The Olivier award-winning playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker and Booker-shortlisted novelist Ali Smith are to join the UEA Creative Writing programme as the inaugural UNESCO City of Literature visiting professors. They will each spend a semester working with students on the Creative Writing programme, offering lectures, masterclasses, individual tutorials and graduate seminars, as well as contributing to literary events in the city. Norwich this year became England's first UNESCO City of Literature, joining Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin and Reykjavik, and it is intended that this permanent designation will be marked by the annual appointment of further visiting professors of similarly international reputuation. Timberlake, who joins UEA this week for the Autumn semester, won the Laurence Olivier/BBC Award for Best New Play and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, as well as being nominated for six 'Tonies', for her 1998 play ‘Our Country's Good'. She has written screenplays for film adaptations of Edith Wharton's ‘The Children' and Henry James's ‘The Wings of the Dove', and won the London Critics' Circle Best West End Play Award, the Writer's Guild Award (Best West End Play) and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her 1992 play ‘Three Birds Alighting on a Field'. Ali Smith, who will join the Creative Writing programme in the Spring semester, was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize for her 2001 novel ‘Hotel World' and her 2004 novel ‘The Accidental', which went on to win the 2005 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. Her appointment marks the continuation of an association with UEA that began with her appointment as a Writing Fellow in 1999. .

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

Carrie Chandler shortlisted for Biographers'Club Prize

Current UEA research student Carrie Chandler has been shortlisted for the 2012 Biographers' Club Tony Lothian Prize, which rewards the best proposal by an unpublished, first-time biographer and is worth £2,000 to the winner. Carrie graduated from the UEA MA in Life Writing in 2010 before taking up a fully-funded place on the PhD programme to investigate the Crimes Club, a late-Victorian gentleman's club of which Arthur Conan Doyle was a member. The winner of the prize will be announced on 13th November. .

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

'Girl in White' by Sue Hubbard

Based on the life of German Expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, ‘Girl in White' is the new novel by UEA alumna Sue Hubbard, who graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1995. It is published by Cinnamon Press this month. Sue is a freelance art critic, lecturer, broadcaster and writer, and has twice won the London Writers' competition for her poetry. Her books of poetry include ‘Everything Begins with the Skin' (1994), ‘Ghost Station' (2004) and ‘The Idea of Islands' (2010). Her first novel was ‘Depth of Field', published in 2000, and in 2008 she published her first collection of short stories, ‘Rothko's Red'. Her selected art writings, ‘Adventures in Art', were published by Other Criteria in 2010.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012

Sharlene Teo wins Booker Foundation Scholarship

Singaporean writer Sharlene Teo has been announced as this year's recipient of the UEA-Booker Foundation scholarship, which enables a student to undertake the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA and covers course fees and living and travel expenses up to the value of £25,000. The inaugural recipient of the award in 2009 was D.W. Wilson, who went on to become the youngest ever winner of the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011. He was followed by Anthony Good in 2010 and Eliza Robertson in 2011. Sharlene was born in 1987 and previously studied law at the University of Warwick. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in various literary journals in Singapore, the US and the UK, and she currently serves as Fiction Editor for Notes from the Underground and is an editorial intern for Asymptote Journal. A sample of her work can be found on our website: www.newwriting.net.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012

The Unpierced Heart by Katy Darby

Originally published as ‘The Whores' Asylum' by Fig Tree, ‘The Unpierced Heart' is the debut novel by UEA alumna Katy Darby and is published by Penguin today. Katy graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2006, when she was the recipient of the David Higham Award. Her work has been read on BBC Radio, and published in various magazines and anthologies including Stand, Mslexia, Slice and the Arvon and Fish anthologies. She edits the short story magazine Litro, teaches Short Story and Novel Writing at City University, and runs the live literature event, Liars' League, in London. An exclusive extract from her second novel can be found on our website: www.newwriting.net.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012

Book deal for Will Boast

Will Boast, the 2011 Charles Pick Writing Fellow at UEA, has signed a book deal with Norton in the US to publish his memoir, 'The Pantomime Horse'. Will was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University from 2008-2010, and worked on his memoir while resident at UEA last year. He was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin, and in 2010 published his first short story collection, 'Power Ballads', which won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was shortlisted for a California Book Award. His essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, 'Best New American Voices 2009', Narrative, Glimmer Train, The Southern Review, and The American Scholar, among other publications.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012

'Merivel' by Rose Tremain

'Merivel: A Man Of His Time' is the new novel by UEA alumna Rose Tremain and is published by Chatto and Windus today. A sequel to 'Restoration', which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1990, this is her eighteenth publication and follows 'Trespass', which was longlisted for the Booker in 2010. 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 '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, 'The Colour' (2004), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and 'The Road Home', which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She was awarded a CBE in 2007.

Thu, 6 Sep 2012

The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas by David Almond

‘The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas' is the new novel for children by UEA alumnus David Almond and is published by Walker Books this week. David was last year shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for ‘My Name is Mina', the prequel to his 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' was also 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 and has since published seventeen other books, including his first novel for adults, ‘The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean', which was published last year by Viking.

Wed, 5 Sep 2012

Mags Chalcraft wins playwriting competition

Mags Chalcraft wins playwriting competition 4th September Current UEA undergraduate, Mags Chalcraft, has won a playwriting competition for her play ‘Tunnel', which will be performed this month at the Bulbul 2012 event at The Nightingale Theatre in Brighton. ‘Tunnel' is one of four 30 minute plays written in response to the Arab Spring to be chosen. The competition was run by Sandpit Arts and The Nightingale and the winners will work with the directors Diyan Zora (‘Twelfth Night', Cockpit Theatre), Tanushka Marah (‘Rest Upon the Wind', Riverside Studios), Clement De Dadelsen (‘Twelfth Night', Cockpit Theatre) and Seíf Shehata (‘One Day In Spring', The Traverse). The four winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges: Steven Brett (artistic director, The Nightingale), Chris Taylor'(director, New Writing South), Tanushka Marah (artistic director, Company: Collisions), Julian Caddy (managing director, Brighton Fringe) and Diyan Zora (creative director, Swivel Theatre Company).

Tue, 4 Sep 2012

Ian McEwan at UEA

UEA's first creative writing student, Ian McEwan, will be returning to the university on 21st October as part of the Autumn 2012 International Literary Festival. The festival opens on September 26 with Sebastian Faulks, and will continue with writers as diverse as Michael Chabon, who received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay', the PEN/Faulkner award-winner TC Boyle, the novelist, poet, scriptwriter and biographer Edna O'Brien, and the Booker prize-winner Pat Barker. The autumn festival was launched in 1991, when it featured American playwright Arthur Miller and the novelists Doris Lessing, Salman Rushdie, Gore Vidal, PD James, William Styron and Ruth Rendell. Since then it has welcomed numerous writers of international reputation, including Toni Morrison, Iris Murdoch, Margaret Atwood, EL Doctorow, Martin Amis, Joseph Heller, Richard Ford, Kazuo Ishiguro, Arundhati Roy, Jonathan Franzen, David Hare, and Zadie Smith.

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

‘The Liars' Gospel' by Naomi Alderman

‘The Liars' Gospel' is the third novel by UEA alumna Naomi Alderman and is published by Viking this week. Naomi completed the MA in Creative Writing (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 Glen Dimplex Award. In 2007 Naomi was named as one of Waterstone's ‘25 Authors For The Future', and in 2009 she was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Her second novel, ‘The Lessons' was published in 2010 and was longlisted for the Impac Dublin Literary Award and serialised for BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. Between 2004 and 2007 Naomi was lead writer on the BAFTA-shortlisted alternate reality game ‘Perplex City'. She has written online games for Penguin and the BBC, and in 2011 she wrote the Doctor Who tie-in novel ‘Borrowed Time'. Earlier this year she co-created the top-selling fitness game and audio adventure ‘Zombies, Run!'.

Tue, 28 Aug 2012

Sarah Ridgard and Natasha Soobramanien shortlisted for Amazon Rising Stars 2012

Debut novels by UEA graduates Sarah Ridgard and Natasha Soobramanien have been selected for the latest Amazon Rising Stars 2012 competition. Over the course of the year Amazon selects twelve new novels, which are presented in groups of four. Customer reviews determine the winner from each group, with the overall winner to be announced at the end of the year. Sarah graduated with distinction from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2002, and in 2009 was one of the winners of the Arts Council-funded Escalator Literature Award. She is selected for ‘Seldom Seen', published by Hutchinson last month. Natasha completed her MA in Creative Writing in 2002 and her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing in 2010. She contributed two chapters to fellow UEA graduate Luke Williams' novel ‘The Echo Chamber', which won the Saltire Award earlier this year. She is selected for ‘Genie and Paul', published by Myriad Editions this month.

Mon, 20 Aug 2012

Naomi Alderman to be mentored by Margaret Atwood

UEA Creative Writing graduate Naomi Alderman has been selected by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative to be mentored for one year by the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. The mentorship initiative, which was launched in 2002, is an international philanthropic programme created to assist rising artists in the fields of literature, dance, film, music, visual arts and theatre to achieve their full potential under the guidance of a distinguished practitioner in their field. Naomi will additionally receive a grant of $25,000, with a further $25,000 available in the following year to support the creation of a new piece of work. Naomi graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2003 and is the author of three novels: 'Disobedience', which won the 2007 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers, ‘The Lessons', which was published in 2010 and longlisted for the Impac Dublin Literary Award, and ‘The Liars' Gospel', which will be published later this month.

Wed, 15 Aug 2012

‘Sweet Tooth' by Ian McEwan

‘Sweet Tooth' is the new novel by UEA alumnus Ian McEwan and is published by Jonathan Cape this month. Ian graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1971 and published his first collection of short 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. His most recent novel, ‘Solar', was the winner of the 2010 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize For Comic Writing. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and has accepted the honorary awards of Distinguished Writing Fellow and Jubilee Professor of the University of East Anglia from the university.

Tue, 14 Aug 2012

‘How I Killed Margaret Thatcher' by Anthony Cartwright

‘How I Killed Margaret Thatcher' is the third novel by UEA alumnus Anthony Cartwright and is published by Tindal Street Press this month. Anthony was born in 1973 in Dudley and graduated from the UEA undergraduate programme in 1996. His first novel ‘The Afterglow' was published by Tindal Street in 2004 and was a winner of the Betty Trask Award. It was also shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the John Llewellyn-Rhys Memorial Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize: Best First Novel award. His second novel ‘Heartland' was published in 2009 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize: Best Novel award. Anthony works as an English teacher in East London, having previously worked in factories, a meat-packing plant, pubs, Spitalfields Market and for London Underground.

Sun, 12 Aug 2012

‘Genie and Paul' by Natasha Soobramanien

‘Genie and Paul' is the first novel by UEA alumna Natasha Soobramanien and is published by Myriad Editions this month. Natasha completed her MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2002 and her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing in 2010. Her writing has previously appeared in ‘Magnetic Promenade and other Sculpture Parks', edited by Chris Evans, and ‘New Writing 14', edited by Lavinia Greenlaw and Helon Habila, and she contributed two chapters to Luke Williams's novel ‘The Echo Chamber', which won the Saltire Award earlier this year. Together with Luke, who is also a UEA graduate, Natasha organises Plum, an occasional live literature night in London. An account of her collaboration with Luke is published on the UEA Creative Writing website: www.newwriting.net.

Sun, 5 Aug 2012

'The Book of Guardians' by Derek Neale

'The Book of Guardians' is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Derek Neale and is published this month by Salt Modern Fiction. Derek graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1993 and completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 1997. He taught for a number of years on the UEA Creative Writing programme, and is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, where he helped design and write the course materials for a range of OU writing courses. He has recorded several CD interviews with playwrights, novelists, autobiographers and biographers about their approach to writing, and is the author and co-author of three practical guidebooks, all of which were published in 2009: 'A Creative Writing Handbook: developing dramatic technique, individual style and voice', 'Life Writing' (with Sara Haslam), and 'Writing Fiction' (with Linda Anderson).

Fri, 3 Aug 2012

Sam Riviere's debut collection

‘81 Austerities' is the debut collection of poetry by UEA writer Sam Riviere and is published by Faber and Faber today. Sam was born in 1981 and began writing poetry during his BA in Creative and Cultural Studies at the Norwich School of Art and Design. Subsequently he graduated with Distinction from the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, before joining UEA in 2008 to undertake a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing under the supervision of George Szirtes and Jeremy Noel-Tod. In 2005 he co-founded the anthology series ‘Stop Sharpening Your Knives' and in 2009 he was awarded an Eric Gregory Award. In between times his work was published in numerous journals, including Poetry London, 3:AM, The Guardian, The Spectator, Poetry Review, The Rialto, Ambit. In 2010 Sam was one of three UEA writers to be selected for the Faber New Poets scheme, funded by Arts Council England, alongside Joe Dunthorne (MA 2005) and Tom Warner (MA 2001). ‘81 Austerities' was shortlisted last month for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection.

Thu, 2 Aug 2012

Tom Benn and D.W. Wilson nominated for Dylan Thomas Prize

Two graduates of the 2010 Creative Writing MA at UEA have been included on the longlist for the 2012 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 aged between 18 and 30. Tom Benn is nominated for his first novel, ‘The Doll Princess', which was published by Jonathan Cape earlier this year. He graduated from UEA's undergraduate programme in 2009, and was the recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary. Earlier this month ‘The Doll Princess' was also longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. D.W. (Dave) Wilson is nominated for his debut collection of short stories, ‘Once You Break A Knuckle', which was published by Bloomsbury earlier this year. Dave was the inaugural recipient of UEA's Booker Foundation bursary, and is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. A story from his collection, ‘The Dead Roads', was the 2011 winner of the BBC National Short Story Award, and a more recent story, ‘One More Thing Coming Undone', was recently shortlisted CBC Short Story Prize. Work by both writers can be found on UEA's creative writing website at: www.newwriting.net.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012

Seldom Seen by Sarah Ridgard

'Seldom Seen' is the debut novel by UEA alumna Sarah Ridgard and is published by Hutchinson this week. Sarah graduated with distinction from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2002, having previously worked for Amnesty International, Oxfam and Oxford University Press. In 2009 she was one of the winners of the Arts Council-funded Escalator Literature Award and was shortlisted for the Mslexia national short story competition. She currently lives in Norwich with her husband and two young daughters and is working towards the completion of a collection of short stories.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012

Colm Berrill in anniversary issue of The Barcelona Review

A short story by UEA Creative Writing alumnus Colm Berrill has been selected for inclusion in the fifteenth anniversary issue of The Barcelona Review. Colm was born in Ireland and studied English at De Montfort University before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1998. His short story ‘Chair' was included in the 1999 MA course anthology, ‘Babel', and a recording of the story is now also available on the The Barcelona Review website www.barcelonareview.com.

Sun, 29 Jul 2012

Tim Clare's debut collection

‘Pub Stuntman' is the debut collection of poetry by UEA alumnus Tim Clare and is published this month by Nasty Little Press. Tim graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose) MA in 2004 and is the author of the memoir ‘We Can't All Be Astronauts', which won the Biography category of the 2009 East Anglian Book Awards. He is a member of the poetry collective Aisle16, and is a regular performer of stand-up poetry at both literary and music festivals. His two highly acclaimed solo stage shows have toured worldwide.

Fri, 27 Jul 2012

Sam Riviere shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection

'81 Austerities', the debut collection of poetry by UEA writer Sam Riviere, has been included on the shortlist of five books in contention for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. The prize, previously known as the Forward, is worth £5,000 to the winner and will be announced on 3rd October. The former convenor of the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA, Denise Riley, has meanwhile been shortlisted the £1,000 Forward Prize for the best single poem. Sam is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, where he teaches on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme. He was last year commended for the Times Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation for his translation of Osip Mandelsam's 'Tristia', and in 2010 was selected for the Faber New Poets scheme, while also being commended for the 2010 National Poetry Competition. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2009. ‘81 Austerities' will be published by Faber and Faber on 2nd August.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012

Onoto to sponsor new MA bursary

The Onoto Pen Company is to sponsor an annual award for a student to study the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. The Onoto Creative Writing Scholarship will be worth £5,000 towards the recipient's course fees, plus an Onoto pen worth £300. The first scholarship will be awarded in September 2013. It will be open to students of both the Prose and Poetry strands of the MA, whose writing demonstrates a commitment to environmental themes, in particular to furthering the general understanding of the impact of climate change.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012

Tom Benn nominated for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

UEA alumnus Tom Benn has been nominated for this year's John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for his first novel, ‘The Doll Princess', which was published by Jonathan Cape earlier this year. Tom was born in 1987, and grew up in Stockport. He graduated from UEA's undergraduate programme in 2009, and from the MA in Creative Writing in 2010, when he was that year's recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary. 'The Doll Princess' is set in Manchester in the 1990s and is described by the John Creasey judges as "a ‘Get Carter' for that decade". An extract from the book can be found on UEA's creative writing website at: www.newwriting.net. The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger is worth £1000 to the winner and is administered by the Crime Writers' Association. Among the previous winners of the award are Patricia Cornwell, Minette Waters and, last year, S.J. Watson, for his Booker-shortlisted novel ‘Before I Go To Sleep'.

Mon, 9 Jul 2012

Kate Kilalea, Agnes Lehoczky and Jennifer Wong at Poetry Parnassus

Three recent graduates of the UEA Creative Writing programme featured in the Poetry Parnassus event at the Southbank Centre in London last week. The largest poetry festival in the UK, featuring poets from all over the world and staging over 100 events, the Poetry Parnassus ran from 26th June until 1st July. Kate Kilalea moved from South Africa to England in 2005 in order to study for her MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA. Her first book, 'One Eye'd Leigh', was was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Agnes Lehoczky is a Hungarian-born poet and translator who also graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2006 and subsequently completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She has published two short poetry collections in Hungarian, and two collections in English with Eggbox: 'Budapest to Babel' (2008) and 'Rememberer' (2011). Her collection of essays on the poetry of Agnes Nemes Nagy was also published in 2011, and she currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Sheffield. Originally from Hong Kong, Jennifer Wong studied English Literature at Oxford and published her first collection, 'Summer Cicadas', in 2006 before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2008. She has taught poetry at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and served as writer-in-residence at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Her second collection is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry.

Fri, 6 Jul 2012

Jon Stone wins Eric Gregory Award

UEA alumnus Jon Stone has been announced as one of the winners of this year's Eric Gregory Awards. The awards are worth £3,000 each and are given for collections by poets under the age of 30. Jon was born in Derby in 1983 and currently lives in London. He graduated from UEA's undergraduate programme in 2004 and went on to co-create the poetry and arts journal Fuselit. He has published two collections of poetry, ‘I'll Show You Tyrants' (2005)
 and ‘Scarecrows' (2010). His work has also appeared on the Guardian website, Bizarre magazine and in the anthologies ‘City State: New London Poetry' and ‘Stop Sharpening Your Knives 3'.

Wed, 27 Jun 2012

Constable and Robinson to sponsor the Corsair Bursary

The publisher Constable & Robinson is to sponsor an annual award for a student to study the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. The Corsair Bursary will be worth £5,000 and will be open to students undertaking the course who are aged 25 or younger at the start of the academic year. The recipient will be chosen by a panel from Corsair, the literary imprint of Constable & Robinson, and will be based on the creative material submitted by students for admission to the course. Corsair Publisher James Gurbutt said: ‘With all the changes and new challenges facing fiction publishing right now, it's reassuring to remember that the fundamentals are as important as ever. We're in the business – or should be – of encouraging exceptional writers, of nurturing talent. UEA's Creative Writing MA has done just that, for decades. This bursary is intended to reflect our faith in a talented young writer, and to make a real financial difference at the start of a career.'

Tue, 26 Jun 2012

Emily Midorikawa in Untitled Books

‘The Picture of Mrs Brewster' by UEA alumna Emily Midorikawa is featured in the New Voices of section of this month's issue of the online literary journal Untitled Books - www.untitledbooks.com. Emily graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2005. Her work has previously been published in Aesthetica, Mslexia, and The Times, and she has recently completed her first novel, ‘A Tiny Speck of Black and Then Nothing'. She has taught Creative Writing for several years, running writing workshops for a number of UK and US institutions, including the University of Cambridge and New York University. She is a visiting writer for Circle of Missé, and was a judge for their 2012 Writing Competition.

Sat, 16 Jun 2012

Joe Dunthorne wins Encore Award

UEA alumnus Joe Dunthorne is the winner of this year's Encore Award for his novel, ‘Wild Abandon'. The Encore Award, which is for the year's best second novel, is worth £10,000 and was judged by Alex Clark, Peter Parker and Kate Summerscale. Joe was born and brought up in Swansea and graduated from the UEA English Literature with Creative Writing BA in 2004. He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 2005, when he was the inaugural recipient of the Curtis Brown Award. His debut novel, ‘Submarine', was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize, the Wodehouse Bolinger Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book Award. It was translated into ten languages and adapted for cinema. His debut poetry pamphlet was published by Faber and Faber in 2010. ‘Wild Abandon' has also been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012

Another Country by Anjali Joseph

‘Another Country' is the second novel by UEA writer Anjali Joseph and is published by 4th Estate this week. Anjali was born in Bombay in 1978 and read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, before graduating from the Prose Fiction strand of the UEA Creative Writing MA 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), and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, where she teaches on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme. Her debut novel ‘Saraswati Park' was published in 2010 and won both a Betty Trask Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2011. It was the co-winner of the 2011 Vodaphone Crossword Book Award and was 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. Anjali was also included in The Daily Telegraph's list of Britain's best 20 novelists under the age of 40.

Tue, 5 Jun 2012

R.B. Pillay announced as 2012 David T.K. Wong Fellow

Ramesh Balakrishna (R.B.) Pillay is to be the 2012-13 David T.K. Wong Writing Fellow at UEA. Ramesh is American and lives in New York. He speaks English and Malayalam and studied initially at Tufts University (Medford MA) where he graduated with a BA in English Literature in 2000. He completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University, New York, in 2007, and currently works as a lecturer in the English department at Niagara University (Niagara Falls, NY). While at UEA he will be working on a novel told from the first-person perspective of an unnamed, elderly Singapore Indian who dreams of one day becoming a famous Bollywood actor. He will be the fifteenth recipient of the Fellowship, which is worth £26,000 and is named after its sponsor, the retired Hong Kong businessman and writer, Mr David Wong. Previous Fellows include Jose Dalisay, Wendy Law-Yone, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Nam Le, Cab Tran, and most recently Presca Ahn.

Fri, 18 May 2012

Norwich announced as England's first UNESCO City of Literature

Norwich has been named as England's first UNESCO City of Literature, joining an elite international network comprising Iowa City, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Dublin and Reykjavik. The accreditation follows a bid led by Writers' Centre Norwich with partners including the UEA Creative Writing programme. It recognises Norwich's literary heritage, contemporary strengths and future potential in the field of literature, creative writing, reading and the literary arts. The news comes after a flagship project to develop an International Centre for Writing was given a £3 million grant from Arts Council England's Capital Investment Programme. Earlier this year the UEA Creative Writing programme was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, the UK's most prestigious higher education award, in recognition of its 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.

Thu, 17 May 2012

Gayle O'Brien's debut novel

'Underground' is the first novel by UEA alumna Gayle O'Brien and has just been published by Hookline Books, having been selected as the winner of the Hookline Novel Competition last year. 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. Gayle's website can be found at www.gayleobrien.com

Wed, 16 May 2012

'Darwin's Ghosts' by Rebecca Stott

‘Darwin's Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists' is the new book by UEA Professor of Literature and Creative Writing Rebecca Stott and is published by Bloomsbury this week. Rebecca is the author of a number of academic books on Victorian literature and culture, and more recently, several books on the history of science, including ‘Darwin and the Barnacle' (2003), ‘Theatres of Glass: The Woman who Brought the Sea to the City' (2003), and ‘Oyster' (2004). ‘Ghostwalk', her first novel, was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in 2007. Her second novel, ‘The Coral Thief', was published in 2009. She co-convenes the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA and teaches the ‘Novel History' module on the Creative Writing MA.

Sat, 12 May 2012

Sandeep Parmar's debut collection

‘The Marble Orchard' is the debut collection of poetry by UEA alumna Sandeep Parmar and has just been published by Shearsman Books. Sandeep was born in Nottingham in 1979 and raised in Southern California. She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA in 2003 and gained a PhD in English Literature from University College London in 2008. She has since taught at the University of Hertfordshire, the Open University, University of Cambridge, Wagner College and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. She edited ‘The Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees' for Carcanet Press (2011) and her study of Mina Loy's autobiographies, ‘Myth of the Modern Woman', is forthcoming from Rodopi Press.

Thu, 10 May 2012

New work by Andrea Mason

Four new short stories by UEA Creative Writing graduate Andrea Mason have recently been accepted for publication. ‘Black Dog' is this week's featured story in the American online literary journal Necessary Fiction. ‘Like The Toad, Ugly and Venomous' will appear later this month in the UK online journal Notes From the Underground. ‘Po(i)nty Tongues' will be published in Bartleby Snopes, both print and online, also this month. ‘Shrink' will appear in issue 8 of Spilling Ink Review later this summer. Andrea graduated from the Creative Writing MA (Prose) in 2004. She is currently working on a collection of stories called ‘Year of the Rabbit' and is the organiser of the London-based creative writing enterprise Literary Kitchen.

Tue, 8 May 2012

DW Wilson short story collection published in the UK

‘Once You Break A Knuckle', the debut short story collection by UEA writer DW (Dave) Wilson, is to be published in the UK by Bloomsbury this week. Dave joined UEA in 2009 as the inaugural recipient of the Booker Foundation bursary, and is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of Andrew Cowan and Stephen Benson. Once You Break A Knuckle' was initially published by Hamish Hamilton in Canada last year. A story from the collection, ‘The Dead Roads' - which was written during his MA year - was the 2011 winner of the BBC National Short Story Award. A more recent story, ‘One More Thing Coming Undone', was recently shortlisted for the $6,000 CBC Short Story Prize.

Wed, 2 May 2012

Denis Hirson shortlisted for Commonwealth Book Prize

‘The Dancing and the Death on Lemon Street' by UEA alumnus Denis Hirson has been shortlisted for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize. Denis gained his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA in 2004. Born in South Africa and now living in Paris, he also a poet, actor and lecturer and has published five previous books: ‘The House Next Door to Africa' (1987), ‘We Walk Straight So You Better Get Out Of The Way' (2005), ‘I Remember King Kong (The Boxer)' (2005), ‘White Scars: On Reading and Rites of Passage' (2006), which was the runner-up for the SA Sunday Times Alan Paton Non-Fiction Prize runner-up, and the poetry collection ‘Gardening in the Dark' (2008). The regional winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize will be announced on 22nd May and the overall winner revealed at the Hay Festival on 8th June.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012

Adam Foulds and Sam Byers in 'Britain' issue of Granta

Two UEA writers are included in the latest issue of Granta, the magazine of new writing, whose theme is ‘Britain'. ‘Some Other Katherine' by Sam Byers is an extract from his debut novel ‘Idiopathy', which will be published by Fourth Estate next year. Sam completed his MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2003 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of Giles Foden. ‘Dreams of a Leisure Society' is a new short story by Adam Foulds, who completed his MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2000. Adam 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, the South Bank Show literature prize, and the European Union Prize for Literature.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012

Anne Enright shortlisted for Orange Prize

UEA Creative Writing alumna Anne Enright has been shortlisted for this year's Orange Prize for Fiction for her fifth novel ‘The Forgotten Waltz', which was published by Jonathan Cape last year. 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. The Orange Prize for Fiction is worth £30,000 to the winner, who will be announced on 30th May.

Tue, 17 Apr 2012

Philip Langeskov in The Warwick Review

‘Marta', a new short story by UEA writer Philip Langeskov, appears in the latest issue of The Warwick Review, the journal of the University of Warwick's Creative Writing programme, edited by Michael Hulse. Philip was born in Copenhagen in 1976 and graduated from UEA's Creative Writing (Prose) MA in 2009, when he was the recipient of that year's David Higham Award. He is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA, under the supervision of Amit Chaudhuri, and teaches on the undergraduate programme. His stories have previously appeared in ‘The Decadent Handbook', ‘Bad Idea Magazine', ‘Untitled Books', ‘Five Dials', ‘The Best British Short Stories 2011', and on the BBC. Another recent story, ‘Unspeakable Acts', appears on the UEA Creative Writing website: www.newwriting.net

Mon, 16 Apr 2012

Andrew Miller shortlisted for South Bank Award and Walter Scott Prize

Andrew Miller shortlisted for South Bank Award and Walter Scott Prize UEA alumnus Andrew Miller has been shortlisted for both the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award and the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for his novel ‘Pure', which is published by Sceptre. ‘Pure' won the Costa Book Award, worth £30,000, earlier this year. Andrew 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. ‘Pure' is his sixth novel. The South Bank awards ceremony will be held at The Dorchester Hotel in London on 1st May, and the winner of the Walter Scott prize will be announced on 16th June at the Borders Book Festival.

Sun, 8 Apr 2012

Zoe Lambert and D.W. Wilson nominated for Frank O'Connor Short Story Award

Two graduates of the UEA Creative Writing MA have been longlisted for this year's Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, which is worth €25,000 to the winner. Zoe Lambert is nominated for her collection 'The War Tour', which is published by Comma Press. She graduated from the MA in 2002 and is currently a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton while completing her PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. DW (Dave) Wilson is nominated for 'Once You Break a Knuckle', which is published in the UK by Bloomsbury later this month. Dave was the winner of the 2011 BBC Short Story Award and is currently also shortlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize in his native Canada. He is completing a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA. Also longlisted for the award is Will Boast, a recent Charles Pick Writing Fellow at UEA, for his collection 'Power Ballads'.

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

Lavinia Greenlaw wins Ted Hughes Award

UEA Professor of Poetry, Lavinia Greenlaw, has won this year's Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her sound installation 'Audio Obscura'. Commissioned and produced by Artangel and Manchester International Festival, 'Audio Obscura' was performed at Manchester Piccadilly Station in July 2011 and London St Pancras Station in September/October 2011. It was produced in collaboration with the sound designer Tim Barker, and published in text form by Full Circle Editions. The judges of the award, which is worth £5,000, were Edmund de Waal, Sarah Maguire and Michael Symmons Roberts. Lavinia has published four collections of poetry, including 'Minsk' (2003), which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize, and most recently 'The Casual Perfect' (2011). Her novel 'Mary George of Allnorthover' (2001) won France's Prix du Premier Roman Etranger, and in 2007 she published a memoir 'The Importance of Music to Girls'. She is the convenor of the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Poetry).

Thu, 29 Mar 2012

Antoinette Moses shortlisted for ERF prize

UEA Lecturer in Creative Writing Antoinette Moses has been shortlisted for an Extended Reading Foundation prize for her book ‘Harry's Holiday', which is published by Cambridge Discovery Readers. The ERF Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place in the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow today, when prizes will be presented in five categories. Antoinette is nominated for the Adolescents & Adults: Elementary category, which she has won twice previously. The event is sponsored by the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012

Regeneration by Meirion Jordan

‘Regeneration' is the new collection of poetry by UEA poet Meirion Jordan and is published by Seren this week. It is his re-imagining of the the Welsh medieval manuscripts ‘The Red Book of Hergest' and ‘The White Book of Rhydderch'. Meirion read Mathematics at Sommerville College, Oxford and graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2008. He is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of George Szirtes. His debut ‘Moonrise' was published in 2008 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize Best First Collection, while his pamphlet ‘Strangers Hall' was shortlisted for the 2009 East Anglian Book Awards.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012

Steve Waters at Cambridge Science Festival

UEA lecturer in Scriptwriting, Steve Waters, will be talking this evening at the Cambridge University Science Festival about his new play ‘Radio Stars', which was written during his time as Associate Artist at the Institute of Astronomy. The play dramatises the clash between astronomer Fred Hoyle and radio astronomer Martin Ryle over the nature of the universe, and examines the consequences of this breach for their lives and for the fate of British astronomy. The event will mix extracts from the play with Steve talking about his writing process. Steve joined the UEA Creative Writing faculty last year and is the Director of the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012

New novel by Glenn Patterson

‘The Mill For Grinding Old People Young' is the eleventh book by UEA alumnus Glenn Patterson and is published by Faber and Faber today. Glenn graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 1986 and published his first novel Burning Your Own in 1988. This won a Betty Trask Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. In 2006 he received an Arts Council Northern Ireland Major Individual Artist Award and published his first work of non-fiction, ‘Lapsed Protestant'. Glenn teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Queen's University, Belfast.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012

Anne Enright, Jane Harris and Aifric Campbell longlisted for Orange Prize

Three UEA graduates have been included on the longlist for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. Anne Enright graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1987 and is nominated for her fifth novel, ‘The Forgotten Waltz', published by Jonathan Cape last year. Jane Harris graduated from the MA in 1992 and completed her PhD at UEA in 1995. She is nominated for her second novel, ‘Gillespie and I', which was published by Faber last year and was shortlisted for the 2011 Galaxy National Book Awards. Aifric Campbell graduated from the MA in 2003 and the PhD in 2007 and is nominated for her third novel, ‘On The Floor', which was published by Serpent's Tail this month. The Orange Prize for Fiction is worth £30,000 to the winner. The shortlist will be announced on 17th April, and the winner on 30th May.

Thu, 8 Mar 2012

'The Pure' by Jake Simons

‘The Pure' is the debut spy thriller by UEA alumnus Jake Wallis Simons and is published today by Polygon (under his shorter nom de plume, Jake Simons). Jake was born in London in 1978 and gained a first class degree in English from St Peter's College, Oxford, before gaining his PhD in Creative Writing at UEA in 2009. 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. His second novel, ‘The English German Girl', was published last year. Jake is writes for a number of broadsheet newspapers in the UK, and regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 4.

Thu, 8 Mar 2012

Tom Lee shortlisted for Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award

UEA alumnus Tom Lee has been shortlisted for this year's Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, which is worth £30,000 to the winner. Tom graduated from UEA's undergraduate programme at UEA in 1993 and published his first collection of stories ‘Greenfly' in 2009. His stories have been published in The Sunday Times Magazine, Prospect and Esquire, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and two are being adapted for film. In 2004 he received an Arts Council Grant to complete ‘Greenfly', and in 2007 his story 'The Good Guy' was runner up in the Royal Society of Literature's VS Pritchett Memorial Prize. He is currently working on a second collection of stories and completing a PhD at Goldsmiths College. The winner of the EFG Award will be announced on 30th March at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.

Mon, 5 Mar 2012

DW Wilson shortlisted for CBC Short Story Prize

UEA writer DW (Dave) Wilson has been shortlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize for his story ‘One More Thing Coming Undone'. The winner of the prize, which will be announced on March 26, will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and publication in Air Canada's enRoute magazine. He or she will also receive a two-week writing residency at of The Banff Centre in Alberta, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter. Dave joined UEA in 2009 as the inaugural recipient of the Booker Foundation bursary, and is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing under the supervision of Andrew Cowan and Stephen Benson. His debut collection of stories, ‘Once You Break A Knuckle' was published by Hamish Hamilton in Canada last year and will be coming out with Bloomsbury in the UK this spring. Dave was the 2011 winner of the BBC National Short Story Award for ‘The Dead Roads', which was written during his MA year and is included in his collection.

Sun, 4 Mar 2012

Aifric Campbell's new novel

‘On The Floor' is the third novel by UEA Creative Writing graduate Aifric Campbell and is published by Serpent's Tail today. Aifric completed the 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 several 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 subsequently on the MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development at the University of Sussex. Aifric will be chairing a discuss on ‘Finance in Fiction' at the London School of Economics this evening with the panellists Justin Cartwright, John Sutherland and DJ Taylor. An exclusive extract from 'On The Floor' can be found on www.newwriting.net.

Fri, 2 Mar 2012

Tom Lee and Toby Litt longlisted for Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award

UEA alumni Tom Lee and Toby Litt have been longlisted for this year's Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, which is worth £30,000 to the winner. Toby graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 1995 and has since published eleven novels and a collection of stories. He was included in the 2003 Granta list of Best of Young British Novelists, and is longlisted for his story ‘The Sandy'. Tom graduated from the undergraduate programme at UEA in 1993 and published his debut collection of stories ‘Greenfly' in 2009. He is longlisted for his story ‘The Current'. The shortlist for the prize will be announced in 4th March and the winner will be revealed on 30th March at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Last year Erin Soros (current PhD) and Clare Wigfall (MA 2000) were longlisted for the prize. In 2010 Joe Dunthorne (MA 2005) was included on the shortlist while Rose Tremain (BA 1967) and Richard Beard (MA 1995) were on the longlist.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012

Andrew Cowan receives Queen's Anniversary Prize

At a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today, UEA's Vice Chancellor Professor Edward Action and UEA's Director of Creative Writing Andrew Cowan received a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education on behalf of the UEA Creative Writing programme. The prize is the UK's most prestigious higher education award. The citation 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. Among the delegation of students invited to attend the ceremony were prize-winning PhD students D.W. Wilson and Anjali Joseph, and current MA students Christopher Ogden, Kim Sherwood and Eleanor Stewart.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012

Celayo, Larsson and Soros win Escalator Novel Writing competition

Three UEA writers are among the ten winners of the 2011/12 Escalator Literature Novel Writing competition. Armando Celayo graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2010 and is selected for his novel ‘For The Recovery of Lost Things'. BTI Larsson was awarded the Charles Pick Fellowship at UEA in 2009, and is currently studying for a PhD at the university. She is selected for her novel ‘Lost Monsters'. Erin Soros joined UEA as the Charles Pick Fellow in 2007 and is about to complete her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She is selected for her novel ‘Hook Tender'. The Escalator scheme offers a year of professional development and mentoring support, culminating in a showcase event in London in 2012. The judges and mentors are Tobias Hill, Joanna Hines, Bernardine Evaristo, Katharine McMahon and Michelle Spring.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012

Andrea Holland wins Cafe Writers Norfolk Commission 2012

UEA Poetry tutor Andrea Holland has won the 2012 Café Writers Norfolk Commission, an annual prize awarded to a Norfolk poet to produce a pamphlet of poems in response to Norfolk. Andrea was previously the winner of the 2007 Poetry Business Competition and was Course Leader of the MA in Writing the Visual at Norwich School of Art & Design. She has taught on UEA's undergraduate programme for several years. The Café Writers commission comes with a cash prize of £3,000 and the opportunity to publish a pamphlet of work with Gatehouse Press that responds creatively to the county. Previous winners include Meirion Jordan, Laura Elliott and Angus Sinclair, all of whom have also been short-listed for the East Anglian Book Awards.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012

Eliza Robertson shortlisted for Willesden Herald Prize

Current UEA student Eliza Robertson has been shortlisted for the Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize, which is this year being judged by Roddy Doyle. The winner will be announced in March and all ten shortlisted stories will be published in ‘New Short Stories 6'. Eliza graduated with distinction from the Creative Writing programme at the University of Victoria in Canada and joined the UEA Creative Writing MA this year as the recipient of the Booker Foundation scholarship. Her stories have won fiction contests in The Malahat Review, PRISM International and The Fiddlehead, and have been shortlisted for the McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and the National Magazine Awards.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012

Jean McNeil wins PRISM Non-Fiction contest

UEA Creative Writing tutor Jean McNeil is the winner of this year's PRISM magazine contest for ‘Ice Diaries: a climate change memoir'. Founded in 1959, and associated with Creative Writing programme at the University of Western Columbia, PRISM international is the oldest literary magazine in Western Canada. Jean has taught on the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA since 2006. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, she is the author of nine books, most recently the novel ‘The Ice Lovers', which is set in the Antarctic. In 2005 she was awarded a Fellowship to join the British Antarctic Survey as a writer in residence, and in 2010 she was based at the University of Cape Town in South Africa as a Mellon Foundation Fellow. Her debut collection of poetry, ‘Night Orders', was published by Smith/Doorstop Books last year.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012

Charlotte Stretch wins Curtis Brown Award

Charlotte Stretch 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'. Charlotte was born in 1983 and grew up in Surrey. She studied English at the University of Warwick before spending three years as a subeditor in the legal publishing sector. She is currently working on her first novel: a ghost story set in modern-day suburban England that explores themes of motherhood and family.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012

Rachel Hore shortlisted for Historical Romance of the year award

UEA tutor in Creative Writing Rachel Hore has been included in the shortlist of five in the running for the Historical Romance category of the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year Award. The winner of each category will be announced in March and will go on to contend for the overall award in May. Rachel is shortlisted for her latest novel, ‘A Gathering Storm', which was published by Simon & Schuster last year. Rachel worked in publishing for several years and teaches the Publishing module that leads to the production of the annual anthology of work by UEA Creative Writing students. Her previous bestselling 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.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012

Helen Smith wins Jerwood Award

UEA lecturer Helen Smith has won a Jerwood Award worth £5,000 for her forthcoming biography, ‘Edward Garnett: The Uncommon Reader', which will be published by Jonathan Cape in the UK next year, and by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the USA. The judges of the award included the critic Mark Lawson and the Literary Editor of the Sunday Times, Andrew Holgate. Helen teaches on the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction at UEA, and was previously a joint winner of the 2006 Biographers' Club Prize.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012

Presca Ahn joins UEA as the David T.K. Wong Creative Writing Fellow

The recipient of this year's David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at UEA is Presca Ahn, who joins us from New York. The Fellowship is an annual award of £26,000 to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year at UEA, and is named for its sponsor, Mr David Wong, a retired Hong Kong businessman and novelist. Presca is a graduate of Yale College, where she was a recipient of the Paine Memorial Prize for outstanding senior thesis, a Yale Writing Center Prize, the Kilborne Memorial Traveling Fellowship, the Schoenberg Prize in American Literature, the Rossborough Fellowship for feminist projects, and the Light Fellowship for study and travel in East Asia. She was the founding editor of ‘Broad Recognition', and has contributed reportage to the ‘New Haven Advocate'and CNN. She has also worked on several documentary films. After graduating from Yale, Presca was a Fulbright Scholar in England. She plans to use her time at UEA to draft a novel about occupied Korea. A new short story by Presca, ‘A Visit', can be found on our website, #newwriting, at www.newwriting.net.

Wed, 8 Feb 2012

The Western Lit Survival Kit by Sandra Newman

‘The Western Lit Survival Kit: An Irreverent Guide to the Classics, from Homer to Faulkner' is the new book by UEA alumna Sandra Newman and has just been published by Gotham Books. Sandra graduated from UEA's Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2002, when she was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award for her debut novel ‘The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done'. This was followed by ‘Cake' in 2007, ‘How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them' (with Howard Mittelmark) in 2010, and ‘Changeling: a Memoir', also in 2010. Her new novel ‘The Country of the Ice Cream War' will be published later this year.

Sun, 5 Feb 2012

Deirdre Madden's new book for children

‘Jasper and the Green Marvel' is the new novel for children by UEA alumna Deirdre Madden and has just been published by Faber and Faber. Deirdre graduated from UEA's Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 1985 and published her first novel ‘Hidden Symptoms' the following year. Her second novel ‘Birds of the Innocent Wood' won a Somerset Maugham Prize in 1998. ‘One by One in the Darkness' (1996) and ‘Molly Fox's Birthday' (2008) were both shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Deirdre's previous books for children are ‘Snake's Elbows' (2005) and ‘Thanks for Telling Me, Emily' (2007).

Sun, 5 Feb 2012

Sally Tissington's debut novel

‘Crocodile on the Carousel' is the first novel by UEA alumna Sally Tissington and has just been published by G-Press. Sally graduated from UEA's Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2006. Already an accomplished visual artist, Sally is currently the Writer-in-Residence at Trinity School in Leamington.

Sun, 5 Feb 2012

Luke Williams wins Saltire Award

UEA Creative Writing alumnus Luke Williams is the winner of the Saltire Society's Scottish First Book of the Year Award for his debut novel, ‘The Echo Chamber', which was published by Hamish Hamilton last year. 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 two chapters to ‘The Echo Chamber' and with whom he is collaborating on a new novel-length project combining fiction and non-fiction. Natasha's first novel will be published by Myriad later this year.

Sat, 4 Feb 2012

Katy Darby's first novel

‘The Whores' Asylum' is the debut novel by UEA alumna Katy Darby and is published this week by Fig Tree. Katy graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2006, when she was the recipient of the David Higham Award. Her work has been read on BBC Radio, and published in various magazines and anthologies including Stand, Mslexia, Slice and the Arvon and Fish anthologies. She teaches Short Story and Novel Writing at City University, and runs the live literature event, Liars' League, in London. An exclusive extract from her second novel can be found on our website: www.newwriting.net.

Fri, 3 Feb 2012

Jim Goar's new collection of poems

‘The Louisiana Purchase' is the second full-length collection of serial poetry by Jim Goar, who is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. The collection is published by Rose Metal Press. His first collection, ‘Seoul Bus Poems', was published by Reality Street Press in 2010, and his chapbook ‘Whole Milk' in 2006. Jim was born in San Francisco and completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Naropa's Jack Kerouac School. He edits the online Journal, past simple, which can be found at www.pastsimple.org.

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

Andrew Miller wins Costa Book Award

UEA alumnus Andrew Miller was this evening announced as the winner of the Costa Book Award for 2012. The prize, worth £30,000, was awarded for his sixth novel, ‘Pure', which is published by Sceptre. It was previously announced as the winner of the Novel category. Andrew 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. Another UEA graduate, Christie Watson (2008), won the £5,000 Costa First Novel Award, while Martyn Bedford (1994) was shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year Award.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012

Eliza Robertson wins Booker scholarship

The recipient of this year's UEA Booker scholarship to undertake the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA is Canadian writer, Eliza Robertson. The scholarship is open to students from the UK, Commonwealth countries and Ireland, and is worth up to £25,000, including return air fares. The winner is selected by a panel of UEA Creative Writing tutors. Eliza graduated with distinction from the Creative Writing programme at the University of Victoria. Her stories have won fiction contests in The Malahat Review, PRISM International and The Fiddlehead, and have been shortlisted for the McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and the National Magazine Awards. She is the third winner of the Booker scholarship. DW Wilson, the inaugural recipient, was the winner last year of the BBC National Short Story Award. His collection of stories, ‘Once You Break A Knuckle', will be published in the UK later this year. Last year's winner Anthony Good has just completed his first novel.

Wed, 18 Jan 2012

Agnes Lehoczky's new collection

‘Rememberer' is the second full-length collection of poetry by UEA alumna, Agnes Lehoczky, who last year received the inaugural Jane Martin Poetry Prize at Girton College, Cambridge. ‘Rememberer' is published by Egg Box and supported by the Arthur Welton Poetry Award. Agnes graduated from UEA's Creative Writing (Poetry) MA with distinction in 2006 and completed her PhD in Critical and Creative Writing in 2010 under the supervision of George Szirtes. She 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 collections of poetry were published in Hungary in 2000 and 2002, and in 2008 she published her first English collection of poems, ‘Budapest to Babel', also with Egg Box. Her collection of essays on the poetry of Ágnes Nemes Nagy, ‘Poetry, the Geometry of Living Substance', was published in 2011 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Mon, 9 Jan 2012

Katy Darby in Fatboy Review

Two new stories by UEA alumna Katy Darby are included in the latest edition of the online journal FatboyReview. Katy graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2006, when she was the recipient of the David Higham Award. Her first novel, ‘Whores' Asylum', will be published by Penguin next month. FatboyReview is edited by Richard House, who gained his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA in 2008 and currently lectures at the University of Birmingham. The journal features work in a variety of media (text, film, photo, sound) and includes in addition to Katy's work photographs from writer Lynne Tillman, a short film from Academy Award winner Eva Orner, a film from the archives of the Banco di Napoli by Jonas Mekas, a short graphic novel about New Orleans by artist Matjames, a first film by young Afghan filmmaker Suleiman Amanzad, poems by Elsa Braekkan-Payne, two chapters from a novel by Norwegian writer Tore Renberg, a graphic/text piece by artist Mitchell Kane, a short story in sections by Berlin writer Marcus Speh, and a short film by the Turrell twins. The projects were uploaded each day between December 25th and January 5th and will remain online throughout January. The journal can be found at: www.fatboyreview.net.

Fri, 6 Jan 2012

Tom Benn's debut novel

‘The Doll Princess' is the first novel by recent UEA Creative Writing graduate, Tom Benn, and is published by Jonathan Cape today. Tom graduated from UEA's BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2009, and graduated from the MA in Prose Fiction in 2010, having been that year's recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary. 'The Doll Princess' is set in Manchester in the wake of the IRA bombing. 'Chamber Music', the second of a projected series of literary crime novels set in gangland Manchester, will be published next year. Tom is currently working on a historical novel, for which he was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council's Grants for the Arts scheme. An extract from ‘The Doll Princess' can be found on UEA's creative writing website at: www.newwriting.net.

Thu, 5 Jan 2012

Andrew Miller wins Costa Novel Award

UEA alumnus Andrew Miller has won the 2012 Costa Novel Award for his sixth novel, ‘Pure', which is published by Sceptre. Andrew 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. Another UEA graduate, Christie Watson (2008), won the £5,000 Costa First Novel Award, while Martyn Bedford (1994) was shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year Award. The overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award, which is worth £30,000, will be announced on 24th January.

Wed, 4 Jan 2012

Christie Watson wins Costa First Novel Award

Recent UEA graduate Christie Watson has won 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 last 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. Another UEA alumnus, Andrew Miller (1990), won the £5,000 Costa Novel Award, while Martyn Bedford (1994) was shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year Award. The overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award, which is worth £30,000, will be announced on 24th January.

Wed, 4 Jan 2012