News stories from 2014 News stories from 2014

Neel Mukherjee and Sandra Newman longlisted for Folio Prize

Two UEA alumni have been longlisted for the 2015 Folio Prize. Neel Mukherjee is nominated for his second novel ‘The Lives of Others’ (Chatto & Windus) and Sandra Newman for her third novel ‘The Country of Ice Cream Star’ (Chatto & Windus).  Neel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel, ‘A Life Apart’, in 2010, winning the Vodafone-Crossword Award and the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Book Award. Earlier this year ‘The Lives of Others’ was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and The Costa Novel Award.  Sandra graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2002, and was shortlisted that year the Guardian First Book Award for her debut novel ‘The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done’.  She published her second novel ‘Cake’ in 2008 and a memoir, ‘Changeling’, in 2010.  In addition she has published a guide to Western literature, ‘The Western Lit Survival Kit: How To Read The Classics Without Fear’ (2012) and is the co-author (with Howard Mittelmark) of ‘How Not To Write A Novel’ (2008) and ‘Read This Next’ (2010). The shortlist of eight titles for the Folio Prize will be announced on 9th February 2015, and the winner on 23rd March.

 

David Almond shortlisted for inaugural YA Book Prize

A Song For Ella Grey by UEA alumnus David Almond has been shortlisted for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize, which is sponsored by Movellas and is worth £2,000 to the winner. The book was published earlier this year by Hodder. David graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973 and has since published nearly twenty other books, including two novels for adults. He was shortlisted in 2011 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.  Both of his 2012 publications for children, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, were longlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2014.  The winner of the YA Book Prize will be announced on the 19th March.

 

Jeremy Page longlisted for International Impac Dublin literary award

UEA alumnus Jeremy Page has been nominated for the 2015 International Impac Dublin literary award for his novel ‘The Collector of Lost Things’, which was published by Little Brown last year. Jeremy graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1994 and returned to UEA as a Writing Fellow in 2010 and as a tutor on the MA programme in 2011. He has worked as a script editor for the BBC, Channel 4 and Film Four, and is currently working on an original screenplay for Working Title TV. His first novel, ‘Salt’, was published by Penguin in 2007 and shortlisted for the Jelf First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.  His second novel, ‘The Wake’, won the Fiction prize in the 2009 East Anglian Book Awards and was shortlisted for the New Angle Prize for East Anglian Literature. The Impac award is organised by Dublin City Public Libraries, which invites nominations from libraries around the world.  Worth €100,000, it is one of the world’s richest literary prizes, and was won by UEA alumnus Andrew Miller in 1999 for his debut novel, ‘Ingenious Pain’. The 2015 winner will be announced on 17th June.

 

Yewande Omotoso wins Morland Writing Scholarship

UEA’s inaugural Etisalat African Writing Fellow Yewande Omotoso has been awarded a Morland Writing Scholarship worth £18,000 to allow her to write her next novel.  Yewande is currently at UEA on a four-month fellowship established and sponsored by the international telecommunications company Etisalat. She was born in Barbados, grew up in Nigeria, and currently lives in Johannesburg. She trained as an architect at the University of Cape Town, where she later returned to take an MA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel ‘Bom Boy’ was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Literary Awards, the MNet Film Award, and the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature. It won the South African Literary Award First Time Author Prize. The Miles Morland Foundation awards a small number of scholarships annually to African writers selected by a panel of African judges, this year chaired by Zimbabwean editor and publisher Ellah Wakatama Allfrey.

Thomas Morris and John Boyne among prizew-inners at Irish Book Awards

UEA alumni John Boyne and Thomas Morris have won prizes at this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Thomas graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012 and won The Journal.ie Best Irish-Published Book of the Year Award as the editor of ‘Dubliners 100’, which was published earlier this year by Tramp Press. His debut story collection of short stories, ‘We Don’t Know What We’re Doing’, will be published by Faber and Faber next year. John graduated from the MA in 1995, and is currently teaching on the programme as a visiting Teaching Fellow. He won the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award for ‘Rest Day’, which was originally published in The Irish Times, and was shortlisted for the Eason Novel of the Year Award for his latest novel ‘A History of Loneliness’, recently published by Doubleday.

 

‘The Listeners’ by Edward Parnell

The Listeners’ is the first novel by UEA alumnus Edward Parnell and has just been published by Rethink Press.  Edward graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and was one of that year’s ten Escalator Award winners, funded by the Arts Council.  In 2009 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to fund a six-week research expedition to Australia.  Prior to joining UEA, he worked for BirdLife International and was subsequently employed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.  He is currently working as a freelance editor and copywriter.  ‘The Listeners’ was the winner earlier this year of the Rethink New Novels Competition.  Visit Edward's website here. 
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Tiffany Atkinson wins Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize

UEA’s new Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry) has been announced as the winner of the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2014, which is worth £10,000. Medicine Unboxed is a national project to connect the practice of medicine with ethical, aesthetic and emotional discourses more usually associated with the Arts and Humanities. Tiffany's entry, a collection of poetry to be published by Bloodaxe, explores representations of pain, illness and recovery.  As well as winning the prize, she will be the organisation’s next writer in residence.  Tiffany recently joined UEA from Aberystwyth University and is the author of three other poetry collections: ‘Kink and Particle’ (2006), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize; ‘Catulla et al’ (2011), which received a Literature Wales Bursary and was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year prize, and ‘So Many Moving Parts’ (2014), which received a Hawthornden Fellowship and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.  She is the editor of a theoretical textbook, ‘The Body: A Reader’ (2003), and has strong research interests in the medical humanities, especially the history of anatomy and representations of the body.

‘A Little in Love’ by Susan Fletcher

‘A Little in Love’ is a new novel for young adults by UEA alumna Susan Fletcher and has recently been published by Chicken House.  Susan was born in Birmingham in 1979 and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 2002. Her first novel, ‘Eve Green’, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a Betty Trask Prize and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Her second novel, ‘Oystercatchers’, was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award.  ‘Corrag’, published in 2010, was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Book Award.

‘The Street of Perfect Love’ by Julian Stannard

‘The Street of Perfect Love’ is a new chapbook of poetry by UEA alumnus Julian Stannard and has recently been published by Worple Press.  Julian gained his PhD at UEA before joining the University of Winchester, where he teaches English and Creative Writing.  He previously taught English and American Literature at the University of Genoa, and his critical publications include ‘Fleur Adcock in Context: From Movement to Martians’ (1997), ‘The Poetic Achievements of Donald Davie and Charles Tomlinson’ (2010) and ‘Basil Bunting’ (2014).  He is also the author of three volumes of poetry: ‘Rina's War’ (2001), ‘The Red Zone’ (2007) and ‘The Parrots of Villa Gruber Discover Lapis Lazuli’ (2011). 

'Who Wants A Rewind?' by Neil Milton

'Who Wants A Rewind?' is the debut novel for young adults by UEA alumnus Neil Milton and is published this month.  Born in Romford, Neil graduated from the BA in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2002 and is currently training to be a teacher.  His website can be found at neilmilton.webs.com.

 

Chelsey Flood shortlisted for Angus Book Award

UEA alumna Chelsey Flood has been shortlisted for this year’s Angus Book Award for her first novel for young adults, Infinite Sky, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2013. Earlier this year Chelsey won the Branford Boase Award, the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award, and was nominated for the The Carnegie Medal and the Leeds Book Awards in the 14-16 category. Chelsey was born in Derby and gained a BA in English from the University of Falmouth before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. She graduated in 2010 as the winner of that year’s Curtis Brown Award for best Creative Writing dissertation. Infinite Sky was written while she was on the MA. The winner of the Angus Book Award, which is for books appropriate for the 13-15 year old age group, is selected by pupils from Angus secondary schools and was won last year by UEA alumnus Matt Whyman for his novel The Savages.

Emma Healey, Neel Mukherjee and Monique Roffey shortlisted for Costa Book Awards

Three UEA alumni have been shortlisted for this year’s Costa Book Awards. Nominated for the Novel Award are Neel Mukherjee for The Lives of Others (Chatto & Windus) and Monique Roffey for House of Ashes (Simon and Schuster), while  Elizabeth is Missing (Viking) by Emma Healey is shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Neel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel, A Life Apart, in 2010, winning the Vodafone-Crossword Award and the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Book Award. Earlier this year The Lives of Others was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Monique graduated from the BA in English & American Studies in 1987 and published her first novel Sun Dog in 2002. Her second novel, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010, while Archipelago, published in 2012, won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Emma graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and published her first novel, Elizabeth is Missing, earlier this summer. This was longlisted for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Jarrold New Writing Award. Winners in the five categories of the Costa Book Awards will be announced on 5th January and will each receive £5,000, with the overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year receiving £30,000. The winners will be announced on 27th January 2015.

‘The Tourists’ by Julianne Pachico

‘The Tourists’ is a special edition short story by Julianne Pachico and is published by Daunt Books this month.  Julianne grew up in Colombia and graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012. She was subsequently awarded a UEA scholarship to undertake a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, and is being supervised by the novelists Trezza Azzopardi and Amit Chaudhuri.  Her work has previously been published in a number of journals including Lighthouse Literary Journal, Toasted Cheese, Inkapture, Mad Scientist Journal, Fiction 365, VoiceCatcher, Halfway Down the Stairs, Line Zero.  She blogs at never-stop-reading.com.  Copies of 'The Tourists' can be purchased directly from Daunt Books here.

UEA Creative Writing Anthologies 2014

The latest UEA Creative Writing anthologies have just been published, showcasing new work by over 60 recent graduates of the MA in Creative Writing. Published in four volumes representing the four strands of the MA - Prose Fiction, Poetry, Scriptwriting, Biography & Creative Non-Fiction - the anthologies are edited by the students themselves and published in association with Egg Box Publishing, a Norwich-based independent publisher. UEA alumna Anjali Joseph, author of Saraswati Park and Another Country, has written this year's foreword to the Prose Fiction anthology, and each of the volumes is introduced by tutors from the MA programme: Henry Sutton, Jean McNeil, Sophie Robinson, Kathryn Hughes and Val Taylor.  The anthologies were recently launched with student readings at events in the UEA Drama Studio and the LRB Bookshop in London and can be purchased directly from Egg Box here.

 

Katherine Swinson commended in Bridport Prize

Recent UEA graduate Katherine Swinson has been highly commended in this year’s Bridport Poetry Prize for her poem ‘Repeat After Me’.  The prize is worth  £5,000 to the winner and Katherine was nominated for her poem ‘Repeat After Me’.  Katherine graduated from the UEA MA in Creative (Poetry) this year, and has since returned to her native Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, where she writes poetry and works as an academic tutor.

‘Life-Like’ by Toby Litt

‘Life-Like’ is the new book of short stories by UEA alumnus Toby Litt and has just been published by Seagull Press. Toby graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1995 and was included in the 2003 Granta list of Best of Young British Novelists.  He is the author of nine novels and two previous collections of short fiction and was last year shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for ‘Call It “The Bug” Because I Have No Time to Think of a Better Title’.  He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. 

 

‘The American Lover’ by Rose Tremain

The American Lover, a new collection of short stories by UEA alumna Rose Tremain, is published by Chatto and Windus today. Rose graduated from UEA with a BA in English in 1967. During her degree she was taught by both Angus Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury, and later returned to the University to teach alongside Bradbury on the Creative Writing MA. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2000 and was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2007. Her first novel Sadler’s Birthday was published in 1976, and she has since published twelve more novels, four collections of short stories, one book for children and plays for radio and television. She won both the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award for Music and Silence in 1999 and the Orange Prize for The Road Home in 2007. Last year she was announced as the University’s new Chancellor; the first writer, the first woman, and the first UEA graduate to take on the role. The title story of The American Lover was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award earlier this year.

 

‘The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure’ by C.D. Rose

‘The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure’ is the first full-length work by UEA alumnus C.D. Rose and contains fifty-two short biographies of writers who leave their manuscripts on trains, light them on fire, or are never recognized for their genius, based on a blog of the same name.  It is published this week by Melville House.  C.D. Rose was born in Manchester and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2007.  His short story ‘Arkady who couldn’t see and Artem who couldn’t hear’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Bank award in 2013. He has published numerous other  short stories since graduation, including ‘A Publisher Surveys the Changing Literary Scene’ in the collection ‘Unthology 3’, and is currently working on a PhD in the short story at Edge Hill University.

John Boyne and Thomas Morris shortlisted for Irish Book Awards

UEA alumni John Boyne and Thomas Morris have been included in the shortlists for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. John is shortlisted in two categories: the Eason Novel of the Year Award for his latest novel A History of Loneliness, recently published by Doubleday; and the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award for Rest Day, originally published in The Irish Times. John graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1995, and is currently teaching on the programme as a visiting Teaching Fellow. Thomas graduated from the MA in 2012 and is shortlisted for The Journal.ie Best Irish-Published Book of the Year Award as the editor of Dubliners 100, published earlier this year by Tramp Press. His debut story collection of short stories, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, will be published by Faber and Faber next year. The winners of the awards will be announced on the 26th November.

‘After Sebald’, edited by Jon Cook

‘After Sebald: Essays and Illuminations’ is a collection of essays and other texts, edited by UEA Professor of Literature Jon Cook and published by Full Circle Editions this week. It contains contributions from Gillian Beer, JM Coetzee, Tacita Dean, Tess Jaray, Richard Long, Robert Macfarlane, Will Self, Clive Scott and Ali Smith.  W.G. Sebald 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 (BCLT) in 1989 and taught on the UEA 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).

 

Claire Griffiths placed second in Bristol Short Story Prize

UEA Creative Writing student Claire Griffiths has been announced as the runner-up for this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize for her story ‘Tata and Mama and Me’.  Claire graduated from the BA in American Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2007, and completed the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009.  She is currently completing her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing and teaches on the UEA undergraduate writing programme.  Along with the other 20 longlisted stories, ‘Tata and Mama and Me’ will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7.  Another current UEA student, Desmond Byrne, who is completing the MA in Creative Writing, has been included in the latest issue of ‘Mechanics’ Institute Review’ for his story ‘North Bull’. He was also featured in the previous issue, ‘Mechanics’ Institute Review 10’. Sonal Kohli (neé Aggarwal) has meanwhile been awarded a four-week Creative Writing residency at Sangam House in India.

‘Alarm Girl’ by Hannah Vincent

‘Alarm Girl’ is the first novel by UEA alumna Hannah Vincent and has recently been published by Myriad Editions.  Hannah graduated from the BA in Drama and English at UEA in 1987 and began her writing life as a playwright before completing an MA in Creative & Critical Writing at Kingston University in 2012. Her plays include ‘The Burrow’ and ‘Throwing Stones’ (Royal Court Theatre) and ‘Hang’ (National Theatre Studio). Between1996 and 2001 she worked for the BBC as a television script editor, and now teaches Creative Writing for the Open University while studying for a PhD at the University of Sussex. An extract from ‘Alarm Girl’ was shortlisted for the Writer’s Retreat Competition and the 2013 Hookline Novel Competition.

'Skinless’ by Colette Sensier

‘Skinless’ is the first full collection of poetry by UEA alumna Colette Sensier and has recently been published by Eyewear Press.  Colette gained a BA in English from the University of Cambridge and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2013. Her poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, and her debut pamphlet, 'How Many Camels Is Too Many?', was published by Holdfire in 2012, when she was also one of five young writers selected for the Flight 2012 mentoring scheme organized by Spread the Word and run in partnership with the Poetry School. Colette is a freelance social media and communications worker, and is responsible for Poetry London website, marketing, sales, audience building and listings.  She is currently completing her first novel.

‘A Song For Ella Grey ' by David Almond

‘A Song For Ella Grey ' is the new novel for children by UEA alumnus David Almond and was recently published by Hodder. David graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973 and has since published nearly twenty other books, including his second novel for adults, ‘The Tightrope Walkers’, earlier this year. David was shortlisted in 2011 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.  Both of his 2012 publications for children, ‘The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas’ and ‘Mouse Bird Snake Wolf’, were longlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2014.

Ian Nettleton runner-up for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award

UEA alumnus Ian Nettleton has been named runner-up for the inaugural Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award, administered by the Bridport Prize, for his novel ‘The Last Migration’.  Ian completed his PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at  UEA in 2003 and has since taught the writing of fiction, journalism and screenplays at UEA, the Open University, and Goldsmiths College, London.  He has also worked for the BBC as a writer/presenter, critiqued novels for The Literary Consultancy, and published short fiction in a number of anthologies. ‘The Last Migration’ was also runner-up in the Bath Novel Award earlier this year. 

Mona Arshi named joint-winner of Manchester Writing Competition for Poetry

UEA alumna Mona Arshi has been named as the joint-winner (with Michael Hudson) of the poetry category of the 2014 Manchester Writing Competition, which is worth £10,000 and is organized by Manchester Metropolitan University in association with the Manchester Literature Festival. Mona trained as a lawyer and worked for the human rights organization Liberty for several years before joining UEA in 2010. She was the winner of the Magma Poetry Competition in 2012 for her poem ‘Hummingbird’ and was one of ten poets selected for ‘The Complete Works’, an Arts Council development programme. Earlier this year her poem ‘Bad Day In The Office’ was placed second in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and she was shortlisted, along with fellow UEA alumna Julia Webb, for the Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition. Her debut collection of poetry, ‘Small Hands’, will be published by Liverpool University Press next year.

John Boyne joins UEA Creative Writing programme

The internationally bestselling novelist John Boyne has joined the UEA Creative Writing programme this semester to teach on the Prose Fiction MA.  John was born in Dublin in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin before joining the UEA MA as a student in 1994, when he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.  He subsequently returned to UEA as a Creative Writing Fellow in 2004. John’s first novel ‘The Thief of Time’ was published in 2000, since when he has published eight other novels for adults and four novels for younger readers, including ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’, which was published successfully all over the world and was made into a feature film by Miramax. His novels have been translated into 47 languages. He is a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times and has judged both the Hennessy Literary Awards and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  His latest novel, ‘A History of Loneliness’ has just been published in the UK by Doubleday.  

‘A Week In Paris’ by Rachel Hore

‘A Week In Paris’ is the seventh novel by UEA tutor in Creative Writing Rachel Hore and has just been published by Simon and Schuster. Rachel worked in publishing for several years before joining UEA 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), ‘A Place of Secrets’ (2010), which was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub, ‘A Gathering Storm’ (2011), which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and ‘The Silent Tide’.  ‘A Week in Paris’ will be launched at Jarrolds in Norwich on 7th October.

‘The Surfacing’ by Cormac James

‘The Surfacing’ is the second novel by UEA alumnus Cormac James and has recently been published by Sandstone Press.  Cormac was born and grew up in Cork,  Ireland,  and since 2002 has lived in Montpellier,  France.  He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1994 and published his first novel,  ‘Track and Field’,  with New Island Books in 2000.  He was the recipient of the largest Literature Bursary awarded in 2010 by the Arts Council of Ireland,  on the strength of the opening section of ‘The Surfacing’.

Jack Wang joins UEA as David T.K. Wong Writing Fellow

Jack Wang has been announced as the 2014-15 David T.K. Wong Writing Fellow at UEA and will be joining the Creative Writing programme this week.  Jack was born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He earned a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University. In 2014, his story ‘The Night of Broken Glass’ received a Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His fiction has appeared in Joyland Magazine and is forthcoming in The New Quarterly and The Humber Literary Review. He has attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop. He is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he lives with his wife, novelist Angelina Mirabella, and their two daughters. Jack will be the seventeenth 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, Presca Ahn, Ramesh Pillay and, most recently, Sharlene Teo.

Tiffany Atkinson joins UEA as a Professor of Creative Writing

The poet and critic Tiffany Atkinson has joined UEA as a Professor of Creative Writing and Convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry).  Tiffany gained a PhD in Critical Theory from Cardiff University before moving to Aberystwyth University to lecture in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is the author of three poetry collections: ‘Kink and Particle’ (2006), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize; ‘Catulla et al’ (2011), which was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year prize; and ‘So Many Moving Parts’ (2014), which was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She is the editor of a theoretical work, ‘The Body: A Reader’ (2003), and has strong research interests in the medical humanities, especially the history of anatomy and representations of the body. She is currently working on a poetic sequence exploring representations of pain, illness and recovery – work that has been shortlisted for the Medicine Unboxed Prize 2014 - and a series of critical essays about ‘the poetics of embarrassment’. She will be teaching on UEA’s undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing courses.

Yewande Omotoso joins UEA as Etisalat Fellow

Novelist Yewande Omotoso has joined UEA on a four-month fellowship established and sponsored by the international telecommunications company Etisalat. The fellowship is intended to celebrate new African fiction, encouraging upcoming African writers while supporting the African publishing industry. Yewande was born in Barbados, grew up in Nigeria and currently lives in Johannesburg. She trained as an architect at the University of Cape Town, where she later returned to take an MA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel ‘Bom Boy’ was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Literary Awards, the MNet Film Award, and the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature. It won the South African Literary Award First Time Author Prize. Her short stories have been published in ‘Speaking for the Generation: Contemporary Stories from Africa’ and The Kalahari Review. Her poetry has appeared in the Baobab Literary Journal, and ‘The Rain’ was shortlisted for the 2012 Sol Plaatjie European Union Poetry Awards. In 2013 she was selected as the Norman Mailer Fellow and as one of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans. While at UEA she will be mentored by Professor of Creative Writing, Giles Foden, the author of ‘The Last King of Scotland’. 

Chloe L Yeoh receives Bryan Heiser Memorial Bursary

Chloe L Yeoh is the inaugural recipient of the Bryan Heiser Memorial Bursary to undertake the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA.  The bursary is worth £1,000 and is dedicated to the memory of MA alumnus Bryan Heiser, who died of polio in 2013, aged 67.  Bryan, who joined the MA in 2009, was the special adviser on disability to the board of Transport for London and gained the right for people with disabilities, including wheelchair users, to ride on London buses. He also pioneered Dial-a-Ride, a free door-to-door scheme for people with disabilities who cannot use public transport.  Chloe was born in New South Wales in 1991 and grew up in both Australia and Malaysia.  She majored in English and Creative Writing at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, graduating in 2012, and has published her work in Bricolage and Mare Nostrum among other publications. 

Mahreen Sohail joins UEA as Charles Pick Writing Fellow

Mahreen Sohail has been announced as one of this year’s two Charles Pick South Asia Writing Fellows at UEA and will be joining the Creative Writing programme this week. Mahreen graduated with an M.F.A from Sarah Lawrence College in the USA, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. She moved back to Pakistan in 2013 after having spent several years abroad. In addition to receiving a Charles Pick fellowship at UEA she was also recently selected as one of three inaugural Emerging Writer fellows at A Public Space. Her fiction has appeared in Unsaid and she is currently working on a collection of short stories. She lives on the outskirts of Islamabad where she is a visiting faculty member at the National University of Sciences and Technology.

Rose Tremain shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award

‘The American Lover’ by UEA alumna Rose Tremain has been shortlisted for the 2014 BBC National Short Story Award. Rose graduated from UEA with a BA in English in 1967.  During her degree she was taught by both Angus Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury, and later returned to the university to teach alongside Bradbury on the Creative Writing MA.  She was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2000 and was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2007.  Her first novel ‘Sadler’s Birthday’ was published in 1976, and she has since published twelve more novels, four collections of short stories, one book for children and plays for radio and television.  She won both the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award for ‘Music and Silence’ in 1999 and the Orange Prize for ‘The Road Home’ in 2007. Last year she was announced as the University’s new Chancellor, the first writer, the first woman, and the first UEA graduate to take on the role. This is the second time that she has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, which is worth £15,000 to the winning author. The prize is run in partnership with Booktrust and the outcome will be announced on 30 September.

‘Our Lady of the Nile’ translated by Melanie Mauthner

UEA alumna Melanie Mauthner has translated ‘Our Lady of the Nile’, the first novel by Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga, which was originally published by Gallimard in France in 2012.  The translation is published by Archipelago Books of New York.  Melanie graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2007, having previously read Modern Languages at Wadham College, Oxford, and worked as a sociology lecturer. She has published short stories and poems in magazines and anthologies and performs as part of the London writers' collective, Malika's Poetry Kitchen. She obtained a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013 to translate Scholastique Mukasonga's collection ‘L'Iguifou’ and is currently translating her novel, ‘Notre-Dame du Nil’.

Lindsey Fairweather selected for IdeasTap Inspires WCN competition

UEA alumna Lindsey Fairweather is one of ten young writers selected for the 2014 IdeasTap Inspires Writers' Centre Norwich Creative Writing Competition and will receive six months of professional development and mentoring. Selected by a panel of judges and mentors - writers Daniel Hahn, Kerry Hudson, Alex Preston, Amy Sackville and Nicola Upson - from over 270 applications, the prize rewards young writers between the ages of 18 – 30. Lindsey was selected for her short story, ‘Flowers for Eleanor’.  She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Yale University before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2006, when she was that year’s recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary. After graduation in 2007 she lived in Vienna for three years, teaching English, and is shortly to move with her family to Madrid. She has recently completed a novel
and is in the early stages of writing a second.

'A History of Loneliness' by John Boyne

A History of Loneliness’ is the latest novel by UEA alumnus John Boyne and has just been published in the UK by Doubleday.  John was born in Dublin in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin before joining the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 1994, when he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. His first novel ‘The Thief of Time’ was published in 2000, since when he has published eight other novels for adults and four novels for younger readers, including ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’, which was an international bestseller and was made into a feature film by Miramax. His novels have been published in 47 languages. He is a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times and has judged both the Hennessy Literary Awards and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. John will be joining UEA as a tutor on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) later this semester.

Adam Foulds and Emily Berry named as Next Generation Poets

UEA alumnus Adam Foulds and current PhD student Emily Berry have been named by the Poetry Book Society as being among the best 20 emerging poets from the UK and Ireland to have published a first collection within the last 10 years. The list of Next Generation poets, which is supported by the Arts Council and the T S Eliot Estate, was selected by poets Ian McMillan, Caroline Bird, Robert Crawford, Paul Farley and Clare Pollard. Emily studied English Literature at Leeds University and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College before joining UEA this year to undertake a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. Her pamphlet Stingray Fevers was published by tall-lighthouse in 2008. Her first full-length collection Dear Boy was published by Faber in 2013 and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Adam was last year included in Granta magazine’s list of the twenty best young British novelists under the age of forty. He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) 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’ (2008) won the Costa Poetry Award, the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. His third 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. His third novel, ‘In The Wolf’s Mouth’, was published earlier this year.

Short Story successes for Tim Harding and KJ Orr

UEA alumnus Tim Harding has been shortlisted for The Moth International Short Story Prize 2014 for his story ‘The Sad Mans Club’.  Tim graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010 and is currently working on his first novel.  A new short story by KJ (Katherine) Orr, ‘The Lake Shore Limited’, was published in the autumn issue of the Dublin Review. Katherine graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and is shortly to complete her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Prize in 2011 and published a special limited edition story, ‘The Inland Sea’, with Daunt Books in 2012.

Neel Mukherjee shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee has been shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which is worth £50,000 to the winner.  Neel  is nominated for his second novel, ‘The Lives of Others’, which was recently published by Chatto & Windus.  He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel, ‘A Life Apart’ (initially published in India as ‘Past Continuous’) in 2010.  This was the co-winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award and the winner of the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Book Award, and was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.  Also shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize is Ali Smith, the 2013 UNESCO City Literature Visiting Professor at UEA, for her novel, ‘How To Be Both’.  The winner of the prize will be  announced on 14th October.

Owen Sheers and Naomi Wood shortlisted for Dylan Thomas Prize

Two graduates of the UEA Creative Writing MA have been included on the longlist for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize, which is for authors aged 39 or under and is worth £30,000 to the winner. Owen Sheers graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 1998 and is nominated for his drama ‘Mametz’, a site-specific production by the National Theatre of Wales, based on his poem ‘Mametz Wood’. Owen recently won this year’s Wales Book of the Year Award for his verse drama, ‘Pink Mist’. Naomi Wood graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2008 and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing last year. She is nominated for her second novel ‘Mrs Hemingway’, which was published by Picador earlier this year and was recently the recipient of a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. The winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize will be announced in November.

Breeders by Ben Ockrent

‘Breeders’ is a new comedy by UEA graduate Ben Ockrent and opens this evening as part of the One Stage season at the St James Theatre in London.  Directed by Tamara Harvey, the play stars Tamzin Outhwaite and Jemima Rooper and will run until 4 October.  Ben graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) at UEA in 2006.  His previous credits include ‘The Pleasure Principle’, performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in 2007, the Olivier-nominated ‘Honey’ for ‘The Great Game: Afghanistan’, performed at the Tricycle Theatre in 2009 and later taken on a US tour, the BAFTA longlisted ‘Dust’ starring Alan Rickman, and ‘The Secrets’ for Working Title/BBC1.

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

‘The Children Act’ is the thirteenth novel by UEA alumnus Ian McEwan and is published by Jonathan Cape today. Ian was the inaugural student on the UEA Creative Writing MA, graduating 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, ‘Sweet Tooth’, was published in 2012. 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.

The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond

‘The Tightrope Walkers’ is the second book for adults by UEA alumnus David Almond and has recently been published by Penguin.  David graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973 and published ‘Sleepless Nights’, his first novel for children, in 1985.  Among his numerous other titles for children, 'Skellig', was published in 1998 and won that year's Carnegie medal and the Whitbread children's prize. ‘Kit's Wilderness’, published in 1999, was the winner of the Smarties Award Silver Medal and was shortlisted for the Guardian Award.  ‘The Fire-Eaters’, published in 2003, was the winner of the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.  His first novel for adults, ‘The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean', was published in 2011.

Richard House shortlisted for Gordon Burn Prize

‘The Kills’ by UEA alumnus Richard House is among the six books shortlisted for the second annual Gordon Burn Prize.  ‘The Kills’ was published by Picador in 2013 and longlisted for that year’s Man Booker Prize.  It was also shortlisted for the Blue Carnation Prize and the Literature category of the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Richard graduated from UEA with a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2008 and now teaches at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of two previous novels, 'Bruiser' (1997) and 'Uninvited' (1998), and is a member of the Chicago-based art collaborative, 'Haha', and editor of the digital magazine 'Fatboy Review'. The Gordon Burn Prize is run in partnership by New Writing North, Faber & Faber, and the Gordon Burn Trust, and the winner, who will get £5,000 and be offered the chance to take a writing retreat of up to three months at Gordon Burn’s cottage in Berwickshire, will be announced on 10th October.

Claire Griffiths shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize

UEA Creative Writing student Claire Griffiths has been included on the shortlist for the 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize, which was announced today.  Claire is nominated for her story, ‘Tata and Mama and Me’.  She graduated from the BA in American Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2007, and completed the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009.  She is currently completing her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing and teaches on the UEA undergraduate writing programme.  The winner of the Bristol Short Story Prize will be announced in October and will receive £1,000.  All twenty shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7.  Another alumna of the UEA MA in Creative Writing, Joanne Hayden (2007), has been longlisted for the 2014 Raymond Carver Short Story contest for her story ‘Tapir’, while ‘Arsenal’, a new short story by Aifric Campbell, has been published in The Irish Times as part of ‘This Means War’, a summer series commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.  Aifric graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003 and the PhD in Creative & Critical Writing in 2007 and is the author of three novels, including ‘On The Floor’, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2012.

Neel Mukherjee longlisted for Man Booker Prize

UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee has been included in the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which is worth £50,000 to the winner.  Neel is nominated for his second novel, ‘The Lives of Others’, which was recently published by Chatto & Windus.  Neel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel, ‘A Life Apart’ (initially published in India as ‘Past Continuous’) in 2010.  This was the co-winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award and the winner of the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Book Award, and was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.  Also longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize is Ali Smith, the 2013 UNESCO City Literature Visiting Professor at UEA, for her novel, ‘How To Be Both’.  The shortlist for the prize will be  announced on 9th September, and the winner on 14th October.

Emma Healey, Owen Sheers, Naomi Wood longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Three UEA alumni have been longlisted for this year’s International Dylan Thomas Prize, which is worth £30,000 to the winner and is open to any writer of novels, poetry or drama aged 39 (the age that Thomas died) and under.  Emma Healey graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and is nominated for her first novel, ‘Elizabeth is Missing’, published by Viking earlier this summer. Owen Sheers graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 1998 and is nominated for his drama ‘Mametz’, a site-specific production by the National Theatre of Wales, based on his poem ‘Mametz Wood’.  Owen recently won this year’s Wales Book of the Year Award for his verse drama, ‘Pink Mist’.  Naomi Wood graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2008 and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing last year.  She is nominated for her second novel ‘Mrs Hemingway’, which was published by Picador earlier this year and was recently the recipient of a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.  The shortlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize will be announced on 4th September and the winner announced in November. 

‘John the Pupil’ by David Flusfeder

‘John the Pupil’ is the seventh novel by UEA alumnus David Flusfeder and is published by 4th Estate today.  David graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1988, and published his first novel, ‘Man Kills Woman’, in 1993. ‘Like Plastic’, published in 1996, was the winner of the 1997 Encore Award for the best second novel.  David, who was born in the USA, was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Kent in 2013.  He reviews fiction and non-fiction for the New Statesman and has contributed reviews and features to many other magazines and newspapers including The Times and The Sunday Telegraph, for whom he was a poker columnist.

Short story successes for Michael Amherst, Claire Griffiths, Liz Hambrick and Joanne Hayden

Three UEA writers have been included in the longlist for this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize, announced today.  Claire Griffiths graduated from the UEA BA in American Literature with Creative Writing in 2007, completed the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009, and is currently completing her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing.  She is longlisted for ‘Tata and Mama and Me’.  Liz Hambrick is a current student on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), graduating this autumn, and is longlisted for ‘Mistake Rib’.  Joanne Hayden graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and is shortlisted for ‘Early Days’.  The shortlist for the prize, which is worth £1000 to the winner, will be announced on 31 July.  All the shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7.  Another graduate of the 2007 Creative Writing MA, Michael Amherst, was recently longlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines series for his short story ‘Erosion’, while another of his stories, ‘The liquid Amber’, has been selected for performance at the 2014 Accidental Festival at the Roundhouse in Camden.  

Ed Parnell wins Rethink New Novels Prize

UEA alumnus Ed Parnell has won the 2014 Rethink New Novels Prize for his debut novel 'The Listeners'.  Ed graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and was one of that year’s ten Escalator Award winners, funded by the Arts Council.  In 2009 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to fund a six-week research expedition to Australia.  Prior to joining UEA, Ed worked for BirdLife International and was subsequently employed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.  He is currently working as a freelance editor and copywriter.  ‘The Listeners’ will be published by Rethink Press later this year.  

Owen Sheers wins Wales Book of the Year Award

UEA alumnus Owen Sheers has won this year’s Wales Book of the Year Award for his verse drama, ‘Pink Mist’, which was published by Faber and Faber earlier this year.  The book was also awarded the Roland Mathias poetry award.  Owen previously won the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2005 for his first work of non-fiction, ‘The Dust Diaries’.  He graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 1998 and published his first collection of poetry, ‘The Blue Book’, in 2000. His second collection, ‘Skirrid Hill’, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award. He is additionally the author of ‘Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby’, published last year, the novel ‘Resistance’ (2007), and numerous titles for radio, stage and screen, including ‘The Two Worlds of Charlie F’, which was funded by the British Legion and was the subject of a BBC 1 ‘Imagine’ documentary. It won the Edinburgh Festival Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2012. ‘Pink Mist’ was first commissioned by BBC Radio 4, and was the winner last year of the Hay Medal for Poetry.

Chelsey Flood wins Branford Boase Award

UEA alumna Chelsey Flood has won this year’s Branford Boase Award for her first novel for young adults, ‘Infinite Sky’, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2013.  Earlier this year Chelsey was also awarded the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award and was nominated for the The Carnegie Medal and the Leeds Book Awards in the 14-16 category.  Chelsey was born in Derby and gained a BA in English from the University of Falmouth before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA.  She graduated in 2010 as the winner of that year’s Curtis Brown Award for best Creative Writing dissertation.  ‘Infinite Sky’ was written while she was on the MA.  The Branford Boase Award also recognizes the editor of the book, Venetia Gosling. She and Chelsey received their awards from the former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson at a ceremony in London last night. 

Sophie Collins wins Eric Gregory Award

UEA alumna Sophia Collins has received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.  The award, which is worth £4,000, is for poets under the age of 30. Sophie was born in 1989 and grew up in North Holland. She moved to London in 2007 and studied Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College before joining the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2012. Her work has appeared in Mercy, 3:AM and Oxford Poetry, as well as the ‘Clinic’ and ‘Stop Sharpening Your Knives’ anthologies. She is currently working towards a PhD in Poetry and Translation at Queen’s University, Belfast. UEA Professor of Poetry and the History of Ideas, Denise Riley, has meanwhile been awarded a Cholmondeley Award by the Society of Authors for her body of work and contribution to poetry.

Sam Byers wins Betty Trask Award

UEA alumnus Sam Byers has been awarded a £3,750 Betty Trask Award for his first novel ‘Idiopathy’, which was published by Fourth Estate last year.  Sam graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003 and completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing earlier this year.  He is a regular reviewer for the TLS and has previously published fiction in Tank, Blank Pages, and Granta, where an extract from ‘Idiopathy' was featured in the ‘Britain' issue in 2013. ‘Idiopathy' was included as one of the Waterstones 11, an annual list of the eleven best debut novels and was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Award

New plays by E.V.Crowe and Timberlake Wertenbaker at the RSC

New plays by UEA writers E.V.Crowe and Timberlake Wertenbaker are among the four works being performed in the Midsummer Mischief festival of world premieres now running at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. E.V.Crowe graduated from UEA’s MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Most Promising Playwright Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2011. The RSC commissioned ‘I Can Hear You’ along with ‘The Ant and the Cicada’ by UEA Professor of Playwriting, Timberlake Wertenbaker. Both plays are being performed in repertoire by the same cast in The Other Place at The Courtyard Theatre until 12 July before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre in London for three days on 15 July.

Divya Ghelani selected for B3 Media TalentLab

UEA alumna Divya Ghelani has been selected for the 2014 edition of B3 Media TalentLab, an Arts Council-supported scheme aimed at writers, producers, artists and directors from Black, Asian and Minority backgrounds. Her commission will enable her to develop a short film adapted from the series of flash fictions she wrote earlier this year for the University of Leicester's Affective Digital Histories Project. Divya graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and is currently completing her first novel, ‘Runaway’, which was one of two runners-up for this year’s Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing.  

Thomas Morris signs book deal with Faber

UEA alumnus Thomas Morris has signed a two-book deal with Faber and Faber, who will publish his debut story collection, ‘We Don’t Know What We’re Doing’, next year. Thomas graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA last year, and wrote most of the stories in his collection while on the MA. In 2013 he was also shortlisted for the international Willesden Herald short story competition. He has previously published short fiction in The Irish Times, The Moth, and ETO, and in 2012 received an Emerging Artist Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. Currently the editor of the Irish literary journal ‘The Stinging Fly’, he recently edited ‘Dubliners 100’, a centenary collection of new short stories by Irish writers based on James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’.

Next UEA Creative Writing Course in Calcutta, India – 28th August-5th September 2014

The school is delighted to announce that the 4th edition of the Indian Creative Writing workshop will be held on the 28th of August until the 5th of September in Calcutta, India, in partnership with the British Council, Caravan magazine, and the Kolkata Literary Meet. The workshop will be about ‘Exploring the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction’, and will be led by Amit Chaudhuri, award-winning author and UEA Professor of Contemporary Literature, and Booker-shortlisted novelist and poet Jeet Thayil.

‘Randall’ by Jonathan Gibbs

‘Randall’ is the first novel by UEA alumnus Jonathan Gibbs and is published by Galley Beggar Press today.  Jonathan graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009 and completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2014.  He has taught for the past three years on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme at UEA and in 2012 was awarded a Graduate Teacher Prize.  His short story, ‘The Story I’m Thinking Of’, was shortlisted for the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013, and he is a frequent book reviewer for the Independent, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Times Literary Supplement.  ‘Randall’ will be launched at The Book Hive in Norwich at 6.30 on 27th June.  Jonathan’s blog can be found at tinycamels.wordpress.com

‘The Country of Ice Cream Star’ by Sandra Newman

‘The Country of Ice Cream Star’ is the third novel by UEA alumna Sandra Newman and is published by Chatto and Windus this week. Sandra was born in Boston, Massachusetts and 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’. She published her second novel ‘Cake’ in 2008 and a memoir, ‘Changeling’, in 2010. In addition she has published a guide to Western literature, ‘The Western Lit Survival Kit: How To Read The Classics Without Fear’ (2012) and is the co-author (with Howard Mittelmark) of ‘How Not To Write A Novel’ (2008) and ‘Read This Next’ (2010).    

Naomi Wood wins Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

‘Mrs Hemingway’, the second novel by UEA alumna Naomi Wood, has been chosen as one the eight winners of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, which is supported by Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.  The winning authors share a prize fund of £40,000.  Naomi graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2008 and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA last year before taking up a lectureship at Goldsmiths in London.  Noami’s first novel, ‘The Godless Boys’, was published by Picador in 2011, and in 2012 she was the Eccles Centre Writer in Residence at the British Library.  ‘Mrs Hemingway’ was published by Picador earlier this year.  

'Love and Fallout' by Kathryn Simmonds

'Love and Fallout' is the debut novel by UEA Creative Writing alumna Kathryn Simmonds and has just been published by Seren. Kathryn graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2002. She received an Eric Gregory Award in the same year and published a pamphlet, ‘Snug', in 2004. Her debut collection of poetry, ‘Sunday at the Skin Launderette', won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her second collection, ‘The Visitations’, was published last year, when she was also named as the inaugural Charles Causley Poet in Residence. Kathryn’s short stories have been published in a number of magazines and broadcast on Radio 4, and she has also written an afternoon play for Radio 4, ‘Poetry for Beginners'.  

‘Dubliners 100’ edited by Thomas Morris

‘Dubliners 100’ is a centenary collection of new short stories based on James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’, and is edited by UEA alumnus Thomas Morris, who graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA last year.  Originally from South Wales, Thomas attended Trinity College, Dublin, before joining UEA, and is currently the editor of the Irish literary journal ‘The Stinging Fly’.  He was last year shortlisted for the international Willesden Herald short story competition, and has previously published short fiction in The Irish Times, The Moth, and ETO.  Among the contributors to ‘Dubliners 100’, which is published by Tramp Press, are UEA alumni John Boyne (MA 1995) and Paul Murray (MA 2001).

Balli Kaur Jaswal named as Best Young Australian Novelist

Former UEA Writing Fellow, Balli Kaur Jaswal, has been selected as one of this year’s four Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for her debut novel, ‘Inheritance’, which was published by Sleepers last year.  Balli was the David TK Wong Writing Fellow at UEA in 2007-08 and began her novel during her time at the university.  She grew up in Singapore, Japan, Russia and the Philippines, and studied Creative Writing at Hollins University and George Mason University before joining UEA.  Following her Fellowship she moved to Singapore and worked as a journalist for a business magazine before moving to Australia, where she now lives. She is now working on her second novel.

Gavin McCrea signs two-book deal with Scribe

UEA alumnus Gavin McCrea has secured a two-book deal with Scribe Publications, who will publish his first novel ‘Mrs Engels’ next May. Gavin was born in Dublin in 1978 and gained a BA in English Literature and French, and an MA in American Literature, from University College Dublin.  He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009 and completed his PhD in Creative & Critical Writing under the supervision of Trezza Azzopardi in 2013.  ‘Mrs Engels’ was largely written while he was on the PhD.

Denise Riley shortlisted for Forward Prize

UEA Professor of Poetry and History of Ideas, Denise Riley, has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem for ‘After La Rochefoucauld’.  Denise won the award in 2012 for ‘A Part Song’.  She was formerly Writer in Residence at the Tate Gallery London and has held fellowships at Brown University and Birkbeck, University of London.  For several years she convened and taught on the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA. Among her poetry collections are ‘Mop Mop Georgette’ (1993) and a ‘Selected Poems’, published by Reality Street in 2000. A renowned feminist theorist and philosopher, her critical works include ‘The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony’ (2000) and ‘Impersonal Passion: Language as Affect’ (2005). The winner of the Forward prize, which is worth £1,000, will be announced on 30th September.

‘Elizabeth is Missing’ by Emma Healey

‘Elizabeth is Missing’ is the debut novel by UEA alumna Emma Healey and is published by Viking this week. Emma grew up in London and gained a BA in Book Arts from the University of the Arts London before joining UEA’s Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2010. She began writing ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ while on the MA, and graduated in 2011.  The novel was the subject of a major auction at the London Book Fair in 2013 and has since been sold in twenty other countries and translated into eighteen languages.  It has just been voted June 2014′s top pick by library staff across the USA (along with 'The Quick' by fellow UEA alumna Lauren Owen). Emma was recently named a ‘Londoner To Watch’ by the Evening Standard, and will shortly be reading from her novel at numerous venues around the country (and in Canada).

Ian Nettleton runner-up for Bath Novel Award

UEA alumnus Ian Nettleton has been named as the runner-up for the 2014 Bath Novel Award for his first novel, ‘The Last Migration’. Ian completed his PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at  UEA in 2003 and has since taught the writing of fiction, journalism and screenplays at UEA, the Open University, and Goldsmiths College, London.  He has also worked for the BBC as a writer/presenter, critiqued novels for The Literary Consultancy, and published short fiction in a number of anthologies.

‘The Hitting Game’ by Graham Clifford

Isa Lorenzo wins Weidenfeld & Nicolson short story competition

Current UEA Creative Writing student Isa Lorenzo has been named as the second winner of the Weidenfeld & Nicolson short story competition run in partnership with the UEA Creative Writing programme. The  competition runs over the course of this year, with four quarterly winners, and is intended to showcase the best short stories written by current UEA students.  We will be posting four winning short stories over the course of 2014. The first winner was Victoria Finan, a third-year Literature and History BA student, for her story ‘Mary Pannell’.  Isa is a current student on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) and has been selected for ‘Balak-Laot’.  Isa was born in Manila and raised in California and Quezon City. She worked in journalism and development before joining the MA, for which she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary.

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Katy Darby and Jon Stone win Saboteur Awards

Two UEA alumni are among the winners of this year’s Saboteur awards. Katy Darby, who graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2006, was the winner in the ‘Best Anthology’ category, along with her co-editor Cherry Potts, for ‘Weird Lies’ published by Arachne Press. Katy was also successful for her work as a founding organizer of the Liars’ League series of live literature events, which won Best Regular Spoken Word Night. Jon Stone, who graduated from the BA in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2004, was the winner along with Kirsten Irving in the Best Collaborative Work category for ‘Riotous’, published by Sidekick Books. The Saboteur awards are organized by the website Sabotage, which supports small presses, poetry and fiction magazines, online journals, and live literature

‘The Dustbowl’ by Jim Goar

‘The Dustbowl’ is the new collection of poetry by UEA alumnus Jim Goar and has recently been published in the UK by Shearsman Books. Jim was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He studied at the University of Arizona, Naropa University, and, most recently, UEA, where he gained his PhD in Creative & Critical Writing in 2012. He is also the author of ‘Seoul Bus Poems’ (Reality Street, 2010), ‘The Louisiana Purchase’ (Rose Metal Press, 2011), and the chapbook, ‘Whole Milk’ (Effing Press, 2006).
 
 

Catriona Ward signs book deal with Weidenfeld & Nicolson

‘Rawblood’, the debut novel by UEA alumna Catriona Ward, has been bought at auction by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.  Catriona gained a BA in English Literature from Oxford and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011, having begun her novel while on the course.  She was born in Washington DC and grew up in America, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen and Morocco, and now lives in London, where she works for the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation.
'Rawblood' will be published in September 2015.

 

DW Wilson shortlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize

‘Ballistics’ by UEA student DW (Dave) Wilson has been shortlisted for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelists, which is worth £10,000 to the winner.  Dave was the winner of UEA’s inaugural Booker Foundation Scholarship in 2009, and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010. He is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. In 2011 he was the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award and published his debut collection, ‘Once You Break a Knuckle’, that year.  The Desmond Elliott Prize was won by UEA alumni Edward Hogan and Anjali Joseph in 2009 and 2011 respectively, and both Joe Dunthorne and Adam Foulds were shortlisted in 2008.  The other two books on this year’s shortlist are Eimear McBride's ‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’ and ‘The Letter Bearer’ by Robert Allison. The winner will be announced on 3rd July.

 

Sian Melangell Dafydd, Jonathan Gibbs, Philip Langeskov and Anna Metcalfe selected for Best British Short Stories 2014

Four UEA writers have been selected for inclusion in The Best British Stories 2014, published by Salt this July.  The annual anthology is edited by Nicholas Royle, the author of eight books and editor of sixteen previous anthologies. Sian Melangell Dafydd graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA (Prose Fiction) in 2006 and was the winner of the Prose Medal at the 2009 National Eisteddfod of Wales for her first Welsh language novel ‘Y Trydydd Peth’.  She is included for her story ‘Hospital Field’.  Jonathan Gibbs is included for ‘The Faber Book of Adultery’.  He graduated from the MA in 2009 and will publish his debut novel, ‘Randall’, with Galley Beggar Press this summer.  Philip Langeskov also graduated from the MA in 2009 and subsequently completed his PhD in Creative & Critical Writing in 2013.  He now teaches on the undergraduate programme at UEA. He is included for his story ‘Barcelona’, which was recently published as a special edition by Daunt Books. Anna Metcalfe graduated from the MA in 2012 and is currently enrolled on the PhD.  She is included for ‘Number Three’, which was recently shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story prize.  Gibbs’ and Metcalfe’s stories were first published in the journal Lighthouse.

Chelsey Flood wins James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award

‘Infinite Sky’ by UEA graduate Chelsey Flood has been announced as the winner of this year’s James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award, having recently also been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award.  Chelsey was born in Derby and gained a BA in English from the University of Falmouth before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. She graduated in 2010 as the winner of that year’s Curtis Brown Award for best Creative Writing dissertation, and went on to publish ‘Infinite Sky’ with Simon and Schuster in 2013.  ‘Infinite Sky’ was previously longlisted for the The Carnegie Medal and is currently shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards in the 14-16 category. 

‘The Lives of Others’ by Neel Mukherjee

‘The Lives of Others’ is the second novel by UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee and is published by Chatto & Windus this week.  Neel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001.  His first novel was published as ‘Past Continuous’ in India in 2010 and subsequently as ‘A Life Apart’ in the UK.  It was the joint winner of the 2009 Vodafone-Crossword Award, the winner of the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award in 2010, and was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2011. It was also chosen as a ‘Book of the Year’ in The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, the TLS and The Sunday Telegraph.  Neel reviews fiction for The Times and TIME Magazine Asia and has written for the TLS, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The New York Times, Boston Review, The Sunday Telegraph and Biblio. 

‘The May Bride’ by Suzannah Dunn

‘The May Bride’ is Suzannah Dunn's fifth historical novel and has been published by HarperPress.  It follows ‘The Queen of Subtleties’ (2004), ‘The Sixth Wife’ (2007), ‘The Queen’s Sorrow’ (2008) and ‘The Confessions of Katherine Howard’ (2010) - a Richard & Judy pick in 2011.  Suzannah graduated from UEA's Creative Writing MA in 1989 and was for some years the course director of the Creative Writing MA at Manchester University.  She is also the author of five other, critically acclaimed novels, including ‘ Commencing Our Descent’ (1999), and two collections of short stories, including ‘Tenterhooks’ (1998).

‘Sugar Hall’ by Tiffany Murray

‘Sugar Hall’ is the third novel by UEA alumna Tiffany Murray and is published by Seren this week. Tiffany graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1999 and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA in 2006.  Her first novel, ‘Happy Accidents’, was published by Harper Collins in 2004, and her second, ‘Diamond Star Halo’, by Portobello Books in 2010.  Both novels were shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing.  Tiffany is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glamorgan.

Julia Webb and Mona Arshi shortlisted for Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition

Two graduates of the 2010-11 Creative Writing (Poetry) MA at UEA have been shortlisted for this year’s Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition.  Julia Webb is nominated for ‘Bird Sisters’, and Mona Arshi for ‘Small Hands’.  They have been selected from over 600 entrants.  The winning pamphlet will be announced on 26th June and will go on to be published by Pighog, an independent publisher based in Brighton. The competition is supported by the national arts education charity, The Poetry School.  Julia gained a BA in Creative Writing from Norwich University of the Arts before joining the Poetry MA at UEA, for which she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Continuation Grant for best student.  Her work has appeared in a range of journals and anthologies and was shortlisted for The Bridport Prize in 2008 and 2009. In 2011 she won The National Poetry Society Stanza Competition for her prose poem ‘Lent’.  She performs her poetry widely, and is an editor for the literary journal Lighthouse.  Mona trained as a lawyer and worked for the human rights organization Liberty for several years before joining UEA.  She was the winner of the Magma Poetry Competition in 2012 for her poem ‘Hummingbird’ and was one of ten poets selected for ‘The Complete Works’, an Arts Council development programme.  Earlier this year her poem ‘Bad Day In The Office’ was placed second in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize.  Also on the shortlist for the Poetry School Pighog Poetry Pamphlet Competition are Hannah Jane Walker, who gained a BA in English Literature at UEA before joining the Poetry MA at Newcastle University, and Sarah Barnsley, who gained a BA in English and American Studies at UEA before taking an MA and PhD at the University of London.

Owen Sheers shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year

UEA alumnus Owen Sheers has been shortlisted for the 2014 Wales Book of the Year Award. ‘Pink Mist’, published by Faber & Faber, is one of three titles in contention in the English-language Roland Mathias Poetry Award category, which will be announced on 10th July.  Each category winner will receive a prize of £2,000, and the two main winners in Welsh and English will receive an additional £6,000.  Owen graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 1998 and published his first collection of poetry, ‘The Blue Book’, in 2000.  His first work of non-fiction, ‘The Dust Diaries’, was the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year in 2005, while his second collection of poetry, ‘Skirrid Hill’, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award.  He is additionally the author of  ‘Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby’, published last year, the novel ‘Resistance’ (2007), and numerous titles for radio, stage and screen, including ‘The Two Worlds of Charlie F’, which was funded by the British Legion and was the subject of a BBC 1 ‘Imagine’ documentary.  It won the Edinburgh Festival Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2012.  ‘Pink Mist’, a verse drama, was the winner last year of the Hay Medal for Poetry.

‘From A Distance’ by Raffaella Barker

‘From A Distance’ is the new novel by UEA Creative Writing tutor Raffaella Barker and is published by Bloomsbury this week.  Raffaella was born in London and grew up in Norfolk, where she still lives.  She is the eldest daughter of the poet George Barker and the novelist Elspeth Barker, and is the author of eight previous novels, including ‘Come And Tell Me Some Lies’ (1994), ‘A Perfect Life’ (2006), and ‘Poppyland’ (2008). She has taught for the charity First Story and for the Arvon Foundation, and was the Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at UEA in 2011-12. She has also taught on the UEA Guardian Masterclasses and currently teaches on the UEA undergraduate Creative Writing programme.