News Archive for 2015 News Archive for 2015

Iain AJ Ross longlisted for Imison Award

UEA alumnus Iain AJ Ross has been longlisted for the Imison Award for the best original script by a writer new to radio. He was selected earlier this year for Original British Dramatists 2015, a BBC Radio 4 showcase of five plays by writers new to radio.  His Imison-nominated play, A Thing Inside A Thing Inside A Thing, was broadcast on 11th June.  Iain (pictured) had his first play performed when he was 17, and went on to study English and Creative Writing at UEA. He was a finalist in the BBC Writer’s Prize competition in 2013, and co-wrote and performed a stage show with UEA alumna Molly Naylor at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014.  He is a musician in the bands Bearsuit and Mega Emotion.  The shortlist for the Imison Award, which is worth £1,500 to the winner, will be announced on 5th January 2016, and the winner announced as part of the BBC’s Audio Drama Awards on 31st January

Sam Buchan-Watts announced as a Faber New Poet for 2016

UEA alumnus Sam Buchan-Watts has been announced as a Faber New Poet for 2015-16. Sam (pictured) was born in London in 1989 and studied English Literature at Goldsmiths before completing his MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA last year. He has just begun a PhD on contemporary poetry at York University. He is a co-editor of the poetry anthology series, clinic, and his poems have appeared in Poetry London and Salt’s Best British Poetry series. Now in its fourth round, the Faber New Poets scheme showcases new writers at a crucial point in their career who have yet to publish a first collection. It offers financial support, mentorship and pamphlet publication. Three other UEA writers were selected for the scheme in 2010: Joe Dunthorne (MA 2005), Sam Riviere (PhD 2013) and Tom Warner (MA 2001.

14/12/15


Lynne Bryan and Bel Greenwood shortlisted for Women in Publishing Award
 
Two UEA Creative Writing alumnae, Lynne Bryan and Bel Greenwood, have been shortlisted for this year’s Women in Publishing New Venture Award, which recognizes ‘pioneering work on behalf of under-represented groups in society’. They have been nominated for their work with Words and Women, an organization that promotes writing by women in the Eastern region.  Lynne (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1985 and is the author of the short story collection Envy At The Cheese Handout (Faber, 1995) and the novels Gorgeous and Like Rabbits (Sceptre, 1999 and 2002). Bel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) in 2005 and is a playwright and screenwriter and the editor with Lynne of the annual ‘Words and Women’ anthology of short prose by women writers, which is published to coincide with International Women’s Day. Volume One of the anthology was nominated for the 2014 Saboteur awards. The winner of the Women in Publishing Award will be announced in London on 9 December. The Words and Women website can be found here.

08/12/15


Napoleon's Other Wife by Deborah Jay
 

Napoleon's Other Wife is the first biography by UEA alumna Deborah Jay and has just been published by Rosa's Press.  Deborah worked for fifteen years as a lawyer before completing an MA in Technical and Specialised Translation in Portuguese, French and Italian. She subsequently worked as a reader for the publisher, William Heinemann, and taught A-level history at the Royal School, Hampstead, before completing the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction at UEA.  She graduated in 2014.  More information on her biography can be found here.

08/12/15


Neel Mukherjee shortlisted for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

The Lives of Others, the second novel by UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee, has been shortlisted for the $50,000 (£33,000) DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Published by Chatto & Windus last year, The Lives of Others was shortlisted for both the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was the winner earlier this year of the Encore Award. A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001, Neel published his first novel, A Life Apart, in 2010. Initially published in India as Past Continuous, this was the co-winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award in 2009 and the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award in 2010, and was itself shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. The winner of the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature will be announced on at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka on 16th January.

27/11/15

Anne Enright wins Irish Novel of the Year Award

The Green Road, the latest novel by UEA alumna Anne Enright, has been named as the Irish Novel of the Year (also known as the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year) at the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Anne (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1987. Her first book, a collection of short stories called The Portable Virgin, was published in 1991 and was the winner of the Rooney Prize. Among her novels are The Gathering (2007), which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize and the Irish Novel of the Year Award, and The Forgotten Waltz (2011), winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal.  Earlier this year she was appointed as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. The Green Road is published by Jonathan Cape and was longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and recently shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award.

26/11/15

David Almond wins Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

A Song for Ella Grey by UEA alumnus David Almond has been announced as the winner of this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. A retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in north-east England, the novel was published by Hodder in 2014 and was earlier this year shortlisted for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize. David (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973 and began a career as a teacher before publishing his first novel in his late forties. He has since published nearly twenty other books, including two novels for adults. He was previously shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2011 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. 

20/11/15

Anne Enright and Tasha Kavanagh shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards

Novels by UEA alumnae Anne Enright and Tasha Kavanagh have been shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Book Awards. Anne Enright is nominated for the Costa Novel Award for The Green Road, published Jonathan Cape, while Tasha Kavanagh is nominated for the Costa First Novel Award for Things We Have in Common, published by Canongate. Tasha (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1992 and has worked in film editing for ten years. She has also published nine picture books for children under her maiden name, Tasha Pym, including most recently Have You Ever Seen A Sneep?, illustrated by Joel Stewart. Anne graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1987. Her first book, a collection of short stories called The Portable Virgin, was published in 1991 and was the winner of the Rooney Prize. Among her novels are The Gathering (2007), which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize and the Irish Novel of the Year Award, and The Forgotten Waltz (2011), winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Earlier this year she was appointed as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction, while The Green Road was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  The five category winners of the Costa Book Awards will be announced on 4th January 2016 and will each receive £5,000.  The overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and will be announced on 26th January 2016. 

18/11/15

David Mitchell at UEA

The novelist David Mitchell will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Wednesday evening, when he will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby about his career and his new novel Slade House.  Mitchell (pictured) is the author of the novels Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks. He has won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes, and been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists

17/11/15

After Hours by Molly Naylor and John Osborne

After Hours is a new six-part comedy drama co-written by UEA graduates Molly Naylor and John Osborne. Based around an internet radio station, and starring Jaime Winstone and Ardal O’Hanlon, it is broadcast on Sky1 on Mondays at 9.30pm.  Molly (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) in 2008 and her first solo show, Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 before touring internationally.  Besides her work for theatre, she has published a poetry collection, You Clown (2012) and is currently collaborating with artist Liz Greenfield on a graphic novel adaptation of her 2014 storytelling show If Destroyed Still True. John graduated with a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2000 and has since published a number of books, including Radio Head: Up and Down the Dial of British Radio (2009), The Newsagent's Window (2010), and Most People Aren’t That Happy, Anyway (2013). Earlier this year both Molly and John were selected for the Creative England ‘iWrite’ Partnership scheme, which is designed to support emerging writers develop the skills and knowledge required to write for the cinema.

14/11/15

Sara Taylor shortlisted for Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award

The Shore, the debut novel by UEA Creative Writing alumna Sara Taylor, has been shortlisted for this year’s Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Sara (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA. The Shore was published by William Heinemann in March this year and has been longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Guardian First Book Award, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award. The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award is 25 years old and is worth £5,000 to the winner.  Recently re-launched, it was previously won by UEA alumni Andrew Cowan (MA 1985), Adam Foulds (MA 2000) and Naomi Alderman (MA 2003).  The winner of this year’s award will be announced on Thursday 10th December.

10/11/15

Ian McEwan, Neel Mukherjee and Emma Healey longlisted for IMPAC Award

Novels by three UEA alumni have been longlisted for this year's €100,000 (£71,300) International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Ian McEwan (pictured), who graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1971, is nominated for The Children Act, which was published by Jonathan Cape in 2014. Neel Mukherjee, a graduate of the 2001 Creative Writing MA, is nominated for The Lives Of Others, published by 2014 by Chatto & Windus and shortlisted for both the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the 2014 Costa Novel Award. It was the winner of the 2015 Encore Award.  Emma Healey, who graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 2011, is longlisted for Elizabeth Is Missing, published by Penguin in 2014 and the winner of the 2014 Costa First Novel Award, a Betty Trask Prize in 2015, and Italy’s Premio Salerno Libro D'Europa prize, as well as being shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the Desmond Elliott Prize. The winner of the Impac award will be announced on 9th June 2016.

09/11/15

#PleaseRetweet by Emily Benet

#PleaseRetweet is the new novel by UEA alumna Emily Benet and is published this week by HarperImpulse. Emily (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English Literature in 2002. Her debut book, Shop Girl Diaries, began as a blog about working in her mother’s chandelier shop and won the CompletelyNovel Author Blog Awards in 2010. Her second book, The Temp, began as a serialised novel on Wattpad and accumulated two million hits under its original title Spray Painted Bananas before begin published in paperback by HarperCollins. Emily has contributed articles on social media to guidebooks and magazines including  Publishing Talk, Blogging for Writers, Writers and Artists and Mslexia. She also runs social media workshops and in 2013 she published a guidebook Blogging for Beginners (2013).  

05/11/15

David Almond shortlisted for Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

A Song For Ella Grey by UEA alumnus David Almond has been shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Published in 2014 by Hodder, A Song For Ella Grey was earlier this year shortlisted for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize. David (pictured) 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 previously shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2011 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.  The winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize will be announced on Thursday 19th November.

04/11/15

Julianne Pachico in The New Yorker

Honey Bunny, a short story by UEA writer Julianne Pachico, is featured in this week’s edition of The New Yorker, alongside an interview with the author.  The story is one of a collection of linked short stories, The Lucky Ones, that has recently been acquired for publication in 2017 by Faber & Faber in the UK and Spigel & Grau, a Random House imprint, in the U.S.  Julianne (pictured) grew up in Columbia, and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2013.  She is currently studying for her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing under the supervision of Trezza Azzopardi and Amit Chaudhuri. In 2014 her story The Tourists was published as a special edition by Daunt Books and in 2015 her story Lucky was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.  Both Lucky and The Tourists were included in the anthology Best British Short Stories 2015, edited by Nicholas Royle and published by Salt. Her work has previously been published in a number of journals including Lighthouse.  

03/11/15

Neel Mukherjee and Amit Chaudhuri longlisted for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Novels by UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee and UEA Professor of Contemporary Literature Amit Chaudhuri have been included on the longlist of eleven titles selected for the $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.  Neel (pictured) is nominated for his second novel, The Lives of Others, which was published by Chatto & Windus last year and shortlisted for both the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Novel Award. It was the winner earlier this year of the Encore Award. A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001, Neel published his first novel, A Life Apart, in 2010.  Initially published in India as Past Continuous, this was the co-winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award in 2009 and the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award in 2010, and was itself shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.  Amit Chaudhuri is nominated for Odysseus Abroad, which was published by Oneworld earlier this year. The author of five other highly acclaimed novels, including A Strange and Sublime Address and The Immortals, Amit is also a poet, a musician, and a highly regarded critic. His previous book, the memoir Calcutta, was published in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2012 won India’s Infosys Prize for outstanding contribution to the Humanities in Literary Studies. He is the Director of the UEA Creative Writing India Workshop.  The shortlist for the DSC Prize will be announced on 26th November at the LSE in London and the winner announced at the Galle Literary Festival in January 2016.

25/10/15

Richard Dawkins at UEA

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Wednesday evening, when he will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby about his career and the second volume of his autobiography, Brief Candle In The Dark: My Life In Science. The first volume, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, appeared in 2013. Dawkins is the author of The Selfish Gene (1976) and numerous other works including The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution (2004) and The God Delusion (2006). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature, and has been the recipient of a number of honours and awards. In 2013, he was voted the world’s top thinker in Prospect magazine’s poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries

19/10/15

Woman Who Brings the Rain by Eluned Gramich

Woman Who Brings the Rain: A Memoir of Hokkaido, Japan is the first book by UEA alumna Eluned Gramich and is published this week by New Welsh Review on its eBook imprint New Welsh Rarebyte. Eluned’s memoir was the winner of the inaugural WWF Cymru Prize for Writing On Nature & The Environment at the New Welsh Writing Awards earlier this year and describes her stay on the remote Hokkaido island in the far north of Japan during her time as a Daiwa Scholar in 2012. Eluned (pictured) was born in Haverfordwest and completed a BA in English at Oxford University in 2010 before graduating from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2012.  She is the translator of the German short story collection Goldfish Memory by Monique Schwitter, which was published in the UK by Parthian Books in March this year. Her short stories have been widely published, including most recently in the collection New Welsh Short Stories from Seren, and she is currently working on her first novel.

14/10/15

Vince Cable at UEA

Former government minister Vince Cable will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Wednesday evening, when he will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby about his career and his recent book After The Storm: The World Economy and Britain’s Future. Cable read Natural Science and Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University. He served as a Labour Councillor in Glasgow between 1971 and 1974, before joining the Social Democrat Party. He was MP for Twickenham from 1997 to 2015, and was the Liberal Democrat’s chief economic spokesperson from 2003 to 2010, having previously served as Chief Economist for Shell from 1995 to 1997. He was Business Secretary under the Coalition Government from 2010 to 2015.   

12/10/15

David Hare at UEA

The playwright Sir David Hare will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this evening, when he will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby about his career and his recent memoir The Blue Touch Paper.  Sir David was born in Sussex in 1947, and is the author of twenty-nine plays for the stage, seventeen of which have been seen at the National Theatre. These plays include Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Amy's View, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, Gethsemane, The Power of Yes, Racing Demon, The Absence of War and South Downs. His many screenplays for cinema and television include Licking Hitler, Damage, The Hours and The Reader. He recently wrote and directed a trilogy of films for the BBC: Page Eight, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield. He has received two Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globe Award nominations, three Tony Award nominations and has won a BAFTA Award and two Laurence Olivier Awards. He was knighted in 1998

07/10/15


Richard Beard shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize

‘Acts of the Assassins’, the latest novel by UEA alumnus Richard Beard, has been shortlisted for the 2015 Goldsmith’s Prize, which is worth £10,000 to the winner.  The novel was published earlier this year by Harvill Secker. Richard (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1995 and has since published five other novels: ‘X20’ (1996), ‘Damascus’ (1998), ‘The Cartoonist’ (2000), ‘Dry Bones’ (2004), and ’Lazarus is Dead’ (2011). He is also the author of three works of non-fiction: ‘Muddied Oafs: The Last Days of Rugger’ (2003), ‘Manly Pursuits: Beating the Australians’ (2006) and ‘Becoming Drucilla: One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders’ (2008). He is the Director of the National Academy of Writing, and in 2014 he returned to UEA as a Teaching Fellow on the Creative Writing MA. The Goldsmiths Prize was founded by Goldsmiths, University of London in association with the New Statesman and launched in 2013 with the goal of rewarding fiction that ‘breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form’. The winner of this year’s award will be announced at Foyles Bookshop in London on 11th November.

01/10/15

A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail by Jenna Butler

A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail is a new collection of autobiographical essays by UEA alumna Jenna Butler, and is published by Wolsak and Wynn this week.  Jenna was born in Norwich, but has spent most of her life in Western Canada. She graduated from the University of Alberta before joining UEA, where she gained an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2006 and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2011.  She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry - Aphelion (2010), Wells (2012) and Seldom Seen Road (2013) - and nine shorter collections.  She teaches Creative Writing and Ecocriticism at Red Deer College in Alberta.

01/10/15

‘The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain’ by John Boyne

The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain is the new novel for children by UEA alumnus John Boyne and is published by Doubleday Children’s this week.  John graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1995, and returned as a Creative Writing Fellow in 2004, and as a tutor on the Creative Writing MA in 2014.  A recipient of the Curtis Brown bursary in 1994, he is now the sponsor of a bursary for young Irish writer to join the programme. John’s first novel, The Thief of Time, was published in 2000, since when he has published nine other novels for adults, most recently A History of Loneliness, 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 debut collection of short fiction, Beneath the Earth, was published earlier this year.

01/10/15

Mona Arshi wins Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection

American novelist Jonathan Franzen will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Tuesday, when he will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby and give a reading from his new novel Purity. Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and is the author of four previous novels: The Twenty-Seventh City (1988), Strong Motion (1992), The Corrections (2001) and Freedom (2010). A collection of essays, How to Be Alone, was published in 2002, and a memoir, The Discomfort Zone, in 2006. As a translator, he has translated Frank Wedekind’s play Spring Awakening (2007) and, most recently, a translation and consideration of Karl Kraus’s essays. His honours include a Whiting Writers Award in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, the American Academy’s Berlin Prize in 2000, and the National Book Award (for The Corrections) in 2001. He writes frequently for the New Yorker, and lives in New York City. 

29/09/15

Jonathan Franzen at UEA

American novelist Jonathan Franzen will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Tuesday, when he will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby and give a reading from his new novel Purity. Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and is the author of four previous novels: The Twenty-Seventh City (1988), Strong Motion (1992), The Corrections (2001) and Freedom (2010). A collection of essays, How to Be Alone, was published in 2002, and a memoir, The Discomfort Zone, in 2006. As a translator, he has translated Frank Wedekind’s play Spring Awakening (2007) and, most recently, a translation and consideration of Karl Kraus’s essays. His honours include a Whiting Writers Award in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, the American Academy’s Berlin Prize in 2000, and the National Book Award (for The Corrections) in 2001. He writes frequently for the New Yorker, and lives in New York City. 

28/09/15

This Is Kandinsky by Annabel Howard

This Is Kandinsky, a graphic biography of the Russian-born artist, is the first book by UEA alumnus Annabel Howard and is published this week by Laurence King. Annabel (pictured) attended Christ Church College, Oxford before graduating from the MA in Lifewriting at UEA in 2010. She is currently working on a collection of interlinked essays about rituals and traditions in modern Italy while completing a Masters degree at the University of Victoria in Canada.  Her essays and creative non-fiction have been published in The White Review, The Spectator, Glass Magazine, Notes from the Underground and National Geographic Travel.

24/09/15

Emma Healey and Vendela Vida at UEA literary festival

UEA alumna Emma Healey and American novelist Vendela Vida will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this Wednesday, when they will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby and give readings from their work. Emma graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and published her first novel Elizabeth is Missing last year. This went on to win the 2014 Costa First Novel Award, a Betty Trask Award, and Italy’s Premio Salerno Libro D'Europa prize. It was shortlisted for the Jarrold New Writing Award, the Independent Booksellers Week Awards, the Desmond Elliott Prize, The Times Breakthrough Award, and the Blackwell’s Book of the Year Award, and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Vendela (pictured) is the award-winning author of five books, including Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers, and is a founding editor of The Believer magazine. She is also the co-editor of Always Apprentices, a collection of interviews with writers, and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. As a fellow at the Sundance Labs, she developed Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name into a script, which received the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award. Two of Vida’s novels have been New York Times Notable Books of the year, and she is the winner of the Kate Chopin Award. She lives in Northern California, and since 2002 has served on the board of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills

23/09/15

Rawblood by Catriona Ward

Rawblood is the debut novel by UEA alumna Catriona Ward and is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson this week. Catriona was born in Washington DC and grew up in America, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen and Morocco. She studied English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2011, having begun her novel while on the course. After living in New York for four years, where she trained as an actor, she now works as a writer and researcher for Bianca Jagger's human rights foundation and lives in London.

21/09/15

If Then by Matthew De Abaitua

If Then is the new novel by UEA alumnus Matthew De Abaitua and was published earlier this month by Angry Robots Books. Matthew was born in Liverpool in 1971 and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1994, after which he lived and worked as Will Self’s amanuensis in a remote cottage in Suffolk. Self & I, his memoir of that time, will be published by Aardvark Bureau in May 2016. Matthew’s first novel, The Red Men, was published in 2007 by Snow Books and was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. His book about camping with his family, The Art of Camping, was published by Penguin in 2012. He has worked as Deputy Editor of The Idler and as Literary Editor of Esquire, has written and presented a nine-part documentary series for Channel 4 about British science fiction called SF:UK, and is currently a Creative Writing lecturer at Brunel University and the University of Essex. 

18/09/15

Jeremy Page shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award.
 
‘Do It Now, Jump the Table’ by UEA alumnus Jeremy Page has been shortlisted for the 2015 BBC National Short Story Award, which is worth £15,000 to the winner. The runner-up will receive £3,000, with the three further shortlisted authors winning £500 each.  Also shortlisted is Frances Leviston, who was a Teaching Fellow at UEA in 2014, leading the Poetry MA workshop. Jeremy (pictured) was nominated earlier this year for the International Impac Dublin literary award for his novel The Collector of Lost Things, which was published by Little Brown last year. He 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 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 winner of the BBC Short Story Award will be announced on 6 October.

17/09/15

A Crooked Rib by Judy Corbalis

A Crooked Rib is the third novel by UEA alumna Judy Corbalis and has recently been published by Random House in New Zealand. Judy graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1990 and is the author of eight books for children. Her first novel for adults, Tapu, was published in 1996 and her second, Mortmain, in 2007. Originally from New Zealand and now living in London, Judy studied History and English Literature at Victoria University before joining the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She holds an Equity card and has worked in theatre and television.  In 2004 she became the inaugural Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.  

07/09/15

Rob Magnuson Smith wins Jolley Prize

UEA alumnus Rob Magnuson Smith was yesterday named at the Brisbane Writers Festival as the winner of the 2015 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. His story ‘The Elector of Nossnearly’ was selected from 1,200 entries for the prize, which is worth $5,000 to the winner. Rob (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009, when he was that year’s recipient of the David Higham Award. He subsequently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and now teaches English and Creative Writing at Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall. Rob’s first novel The Gravedigger won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award and was published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2010. His second novel Scorper was published by Granta earlier this year.

05/09/15

Terms by Ben Lyle

Terms is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Ben Lyle and is published by Hookline Books today.  Ben has worked in the film industry for the last fifteen years, while also completing the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA, from which he graduated in 2010 before going on to complete a PhD in Film and Television, also at UEA.  Terms was developed from a short story, ‘Crannock House’, that was written during Ben’s MA and later published in the Fiction Desk anthology Various Authors, for which it won the 'best in collection' prize. Ben lives in South London with his partner and their twins.  Hookline Books takes submissions only from students and graduates of MA writing courses, who put their work before book groups and other readers for selection, and Terms can be purchased directly from the publisher as well as all other standard outlets. 

01/09/15

Beneath the Earth’ by John Boyne

Beneath the Earth is the first collection of short stories by UEA alumnus John Boyne and is published by Doubleday today.  The collection includes ‘Rest Day’, which won the 2015 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year award. John graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1995, and was that year’s recipient of the Curtis Brown prize.  He subsequently returned to UEA as a Creative Writing Fellow in 2004, and again in 2014 to teach on the Creative Writing MA.  He is now the sponsor of a bursary for young Irish writer to join the programme. John’s novels have been translated into 47 languages internationally.  The first of them, The Thief of Time, was published in 2000, since when he has published nine other novels for adults, most recently A History of Loneliness, 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 new novel for children, The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain, will be published later this year.

27/08/15

HBO acquires rights to All Involved by Ryan Gattis

The American television company HBO has acquired the TV rights to All Involved, the latest novel by UEA alumnus Ryan Gattis. Subtitled A Novel Of The 1992 LA Riots, All Involved was published in the UK earlier this year by Picador. Ryan (pictured) was born in Illinois, USA, and raised in Colorado.  He graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2002 and published his first novel Roo Kickkick and the Big Bad Blimp in 2004. This was followed by Kung Fu High School in 2005 and two novellas, The Big Drop: Homecoming in 2012 and The Big Drop: Impermanence in 2013. He was a founding member of the publishing collective Black Hill Press, and taught English and Creative Writing for ten years at Chapman University. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

25/08/15

The Crossing by Andrew Miller

The Crossing is the new novel by UEA alumnus Andrew Miller and is published by Sceptre this week. Andrew (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1990, and published his first novel Ingenious Pain in 1997.  This went on to win the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Italy’s Grinzane Cavour Prize.  He has since written five novels: Casanova (1998), Oxygen (2001), which was shortlisted for the Whitebread Novel of the Year Award and the Booker Prize, The Optimists (2005), One Morning Like A Bird (2008), and Pure, which was published in 2011 and was the winner of 2012 Costa Book Award as well as being shortlisted for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

24/08/15

Tasha Kavanagh shortlisted for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize

Things We Have in Common, the debut novel by UEA alumna Tasha Kavanagh, has been included on the shortlist of six titles in contention for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize.  All the nominated novels, as well as the eventual winner, are selected by readers of the newspaper.  Tasha (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1992 and has worked in film editing for ten years on productions such as ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ and ‘Seven Years in Tibet’. She has also published nine picture books for children under her maiden name, Tasha Pym, including most recently ‘Have You Ever Seen A Sneep?’, illustrated by Joel Stewart.  Things We Have in Common was published by Canongate earlier this year.

21/08/15

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing is the debut collection of short stories by UEA alumnus Thomas Morris and is published by Faber and Faber this week.  Thomas graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013 and wrote most of the stories in the collection while completing his 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, in 2014 he edited ‘Dubliners 100’, a centenary collection of new short stories by Irish writers based on James Joyce’s Dubliners.  Thomas’s debut novel will also be published by Faber and Faber.

20/08/15

How You See Me by S.E. Craythorne

How You See Me is the debut novel by UEA alumnus S.E. (Sally) Craythorne and is published by Myriad this week.  Sally (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004.  Her poetry and prose have previously been published by Gatehouse Press, Poetry Unbound and ink sweat and tears. An extract from How You See Me was shortlisted for the 2013 Writer’s Retreat Competition and was longlisted the same year for Mslexia‘s Women’s Novel Competition. In 2014, she was awarded Arts Council funding to write her second novel.  Sally has worked as a bookseller, journalist, artist’s model, English teacher and librarian, and currently lives and works in Norwich.

20/08/15

Five UEA alumni nominated for Edinburgh First Book Award

Books by five alumni of the UEA Creative Writing programme have been longlisted for the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award.  The winner will be chosen by public vote and announced in the autumn.  The selected writers are Tim Clare (pictured), who graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004 and is nominated for The Honours, published by Canongate; Thomas Morris, who graduated from the MA in 2013 and is nominated for We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, published by Faber & Faber this week; Eliza Robertson, a current PhD student at UEA who graduated from the MA in 2012 and is longlisted for Wallflowers (Bloomsbury); Sara Taylor, also a current PhD student, who graduated from the MA in 2013 and is nominated for The Shore (William Heinemann); Emma Hooper, who graduated with a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA in 2010 and is nominated for Etta and Otto and Russel and James, published by Fig Tree.

19/08/15

Tom Moran named as BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Writing Forum winner

UEA alumnus Tom Moran is one of three winners of this year’s BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Writing Forum for his sitcom, Printheads. The prize culminates in a showcase at the New York Television Festival, where professional actors will perform his script live.  Tom (pictured) graduated from UEA in 2009 with a BA in Scriptwriting and Performance and has since established himself as a stand-up and scriptwriter.  His novel Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers won a Guardian and Legend Press prize for self-published fiction in 2012, and he performed a twenty-one night show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. 

18/08/15

Gavin McCrea, Katherine Norbury and Sara Taylor longlisted for Guardian First Book Award

Books by three recent UEA graduates have been included on the longlist of ten titles in contention for this year’s Guardian First Book Award.  Gavin McCrea is selected for ‘Mrs Engels’, his debut novel published by Scribe in April. Gavin graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009 and gained his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, also from UEA, in 2013. Katherine Norbury is longlisted for her memoir ‘The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream’, published by Bloomsbury in February. Katharine (pictured) graduated as a part-time student from MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, London. Sara Taylor is nominated for her debut novel ‘The Shore’, published by William Heinemann in March and previously longlisted for the 2015 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.  Sara graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying for her PhD at UEA.

15/08/15

Rob Magnuson Smith shortlisted for Jolley Prize

UEA alumnus Rob Magnuson Smith is one of three authors shortlisted for the 2015 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.  His story ‘The Elector of Nossnearly’ was selected from 1,200 entries for the prize, which is work a total of $8,000.  The winner will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 4th September.  Rob (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009, when he was that year’s recipient of the David Higham Award.  He subsequently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and now teaches English and Creative Writing at Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall.  Rob’s first novel The Gravedigger won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award and was published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2010. His second novel Scorper was published by Granta earlier this year

14/08/15

Eight UEA alumni nominated for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize

Eight books by UEA alumni have been included on the longlist for The Guardian’s annual Not The Booker Prize. All the nominated novels, as well as the eventual winner, are selected by readers of the newspaper. The seven titles are: Acts of the Assassins (Vintage) by Richard Beard (MA 1995), The Longest Fight (Myriad) by Emily Bullock (MA 2004), All Involved (Picador) by Ryan Gattis (MA 2002), Things We Have In Common (Canongate) by Tasha Kavanagh (MA 1992), Mrs Engels (Scribe) by Gavin McCrea (pictured, MA 2009; PhD 2013), The Mark and the Void (Hamish Hamilton) by Paul Murray (MA 2001), The Shore (William Heinemann) by Sara Taylor (MA 2013; current PhD), and Rawblood (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) by Catriona Ward (MA 2011).

03/08/15

UEA launches British Archive for Contemporary Writing

UEA has today announced the launch of the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW), which contains the extensive personal archive of the Nobel Laureate, Doris Lessing, and literary material from other prominent authors such as Naomi Alderman, Tash Aw, Malcolm Bradbury, Amit Chaudhuri, J.D. Salinger, Roger Deakin, Lorna Sage (pictured), WG Sebald and the playwright Snoo Wilson. The BACW also houses papers from AP Watt, the world’s oldest literary agency, and more than three hundred interviews with prominent authors from the UEA literary festival, including Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis, Anne Enright, John Fowles, William Golding, Seamus Heaney, Kazuo Ishiguro, P.D. James, Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison, Iris Murdoch, Harold Pinter and Salman Rushdie, among others.

03/08/15

Sue Healy on BBC Radio 4

‘Mussels’, a new short story by UEA alumna Sue Healy, is one of the final three selected for this year’s BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition and will be broadcast at 7.45 this evening.  Read by Ballykissangel actress Dervla Kirwan, it will be available on BBC iPlayer throughout August.  Sue (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2009 and has since won a number of national short story awards, including the 2010 Waterford Annaghmakerrig Award, the 2010 Ted O’Regan Award, the 2011 Molly Keane Memorial Award, and the 2011 Highlands & Islands Short Story Association.  Her drama credits include four BAI-funded radio plays: Cow (2013), The Daffodil (2014), Cake (2014) and Strongbow’s Clock (2014). She has also won the Sussex Playwrights’ Award.  Sue is currently a Doctoral Fellow at Lincoln University, researching a PhD on New Writing at the Royal Court Theatre.  

02/08/15

Sarah Knights and Lyndsey Jenkins shortlisted for Biographers’ Book Prize

Two UEA alumnae have been shortlisted for the Biographers’ Club ‘Slightly Foxed’ Best First Biography Prize, which is worth £3,500 to the winner.  Sarah Knights is nominated for Bloomsbury's Outsider: A Life of David Garnett, which was published by Bloomsbury in May, while Lyndsey Jenkins is nominated for Lady Constance Lytton: Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr, which was published by Biteback in March. Sarah (pictured) graduated from the MA in Life Writing at UEA in 2006 and completed an AHRC-funded PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Professors Kathryn Hughes and Jon Cook. Sarah graduated from the renamed MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in 2012 and is currently completing a DPhil in Lifewriting at the University of Oxford, having previously worked for a speechwriter and communications advisor in a number of departments of government.  The winner of the Biographers’ Club prize will be announced 4 November.

30/07/15

Anne Enright longlisted for Man Booker Prize

Anne EnrightThe Green Road by UEA alumna Anne Enright, which was published by Jonathan Cape in May, is among the 13 titles included on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Anne (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1987. Her first book, a collection of short stories called The Portable Virgin, was published in 1991 and was the winner of the Rooney Prize. Among her novels are The Gathering (2007), which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize and the Irish Novel of the Year Award, and The Forgotten Waltz (2011), winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Earlier this year she was appointed as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, which is worth £50,000 to the winner, will be announced on Tuesday 15th September and the winner on Tuesday 13th October.

29/07/15

‘The Mark and the Void’ by Paul Murray

The Mark and the Void is the new novel by UEA alumnus Paul Murray and is published by Hamish Hamilton this week. Paul (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001, and published his first novel An Evening of Long Goodbyes in 2003.  This was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. His second novel Skippy Dies was published in 2009 and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Costa Novel Award, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing, and (in the United States) the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was also longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

27/07/15

‘The Dark Light’ by Julia Bell

The Dark Light is the new novel for young adults by UEA alumna Julia Bell and is published by Macmillan Children's Books this week.  Julia graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1996 and was the co-editor with Paul Magrs of The Creative Writing Coursebook, published by Macmillan in 2001.  Her two previous novels for young adults are Massive (2003) and Dirty Work (2007).  She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and is the founder and director of the Writers' Hub website and the annual anthology The Mechanics' Institute Review.