Friendly Bombs by Christopher James
Friendly Bombs, a new play about John Betjeman by UEA alumnus Christopher James, opens at the Maddermarket theatre in Norwich this evening. Chris (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UEA in 1997 and was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, when he also won the Bridport Prize for Poetry. His debut collection of poetry The Invention of Butterfly was published in 2006 and in 2008 he was the winner of the National Poetry Competition. He has since published three other poetry collections and two novels about Sherlock Holmes. Christopher works in London as head of corporate communications for the Scouts Association and will publish a new collection of poetry, The Penguin Diaries, next year.
Air by Ryan Gattis
Air is the first novel for young adults by UEA alumnus Ryan Gattis and is published by Adaptive Books this week. Ryan 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. His most recent novel, All Involved: A Novel Of The 1992 LA Riots, was published by Picador last year and is being adapted for TV by the American television company HBO. Ryan 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.
Rubber Ring by James McDermott
Rubber Ring is the new solo show by UEA alumnus James McDermott and will open at the Pleasance Theatre Islington in London on 31st October and run until 6th November before touring. James (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) this year. He has performed his solo shows Beached (INK, Latitude and Southwark Playhouse) and Dogsbody (Southwark) at theatres and festivals across the country including Cambridge Junction, Southwark Playhouse and Latitude. His first full length play Half A Person opened in Norwich earlier this year and was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award. James is currently developing work with The Garage and London-based comedy theatre company Velvet Trumpet.
Rebecca Tamás wins 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize
UEA writer Rebecca Tamás has been announced as the co-winner of the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize. She shares the £10,000 prize with Dante Di Stefano. Rebecca (pictured) was born in London and studied at the University of Warwick and the University of Edinburgh, where she won the Grierson Verse Prize. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA under the supervision of Denise Riley and Tiffany Atkinson. Her poetry pamphlet, The Ophelia Letters, was published by Salt in 2013 and she was included in the anthologies Best British Poetry 2014 and Best British Poetry 2015.
DW Wilson wins 2016 Manchester Fiction Prize
UEA alumnus DW (Dave) Wilson has been announced as the winner of the this year’s £10,000 Manchester Fiction Prize for his short story ‘All This Concrete Beneath Your Feet’. Dave (pictured) was born in British Columbia and joined UEA as the inaugural recipient of the Booker Foundation bursary. He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010 and from the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2014. His first collection of short fiction, Once You Break A Knuckle, was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. One of the stories, ‘Dead Roads’, was the winner of the 2011 BBC National Short Story Award. His first novel Ballistics was published in 2013 and shortlisted for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize. Last year he was the winner of Canada’s $6,000 CBC Short Story Prize. He currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Victoria in Canada.
Kazuo Ishiguro, Anne Enright and Natasha Pulley longlisted for International Dublin Literary Award
Three UEA alumni have been included on the longlist for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, which is worth €100,000 to the winner and is nominated by libraries worldwide. Kazuo Ishiguro (pictured), who graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1980, is nominated for The Buried Giant (Faber). Anne Enright, who graduated from the MA in 1987 and is, like Ishiguro, a former winner of the Man Booker Prize, is nominated for The Green Road (Vintage). Natasha Pulley, who graduated from the MA in 2012, is nominated for her debut novel The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Bloomsbury), which was previously shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Betty Trask Award. The shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award will be announced on 11th April and the winner on 21st June 2017.
Rose Tremain and Denise Riley shortlisted for Costa Book Awards
Two UEA writers have been shortlisted for this year’s Costa Book Awards. The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus) is nominated in the Novel category, while Say Something Back by Denise Riley (Picador) is nominated in the Poetry category. Rose (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English in 1967 and later returned to the university to teach on the Creative Writing MA and, more recently, to become the University’s first female Chancellor. Among her many other acclaimed novels are Music and Silence (1999), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, and The Road Home, which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2007. Denise is currently a Professor of Poetry and the History of Ideas at UEA, and was formerly the convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry). Say Something Back was shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Collection and is also on the shortlist for the TS Eliot Prize, the winner of which will be announced in January. The winners of each of the five Costa categories will be awarded £5,000 when they are announced on 3rd January. The five category winners will then be considered for the Costa Book of the Year Award, which is worth £30,000 and will be announced on 31st January.
The Story Cure by Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud
The Story Cure: An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise is a literary guidebook compiled by UEA alumna Susan Elderkin and her friend Ella Berthoud and is published this week by Canongate. Ella and Susan (pictured) met as English Literature students at Cambridge University before Susan joined the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1993. Susan subsequently published two novels, Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains (2000) and The Voices (2003), and was listed by Granta in 2003 as one of the Twenty Best Young British Novelists. She and Ella set up a bibliography service at The School of Life in London in 2008 and published The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies in 2013.
Forbidden Line by Paul Stanbridge
Forbidden Line is the debut novel by UEA alumnus Paul Stanbridge and has just been published by Galley Beggar Press. Paul grew up in Essex and studied literature at the universities of Reading and Manchester before joining UEA to undertake his doctoral thesis, The Making of David Jones’s Anathemata. He gained his PhD in 2011, since when he has divided his working time between music and writing. Forbidden Line was last week longlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses along with Light Box by UEA alumna KJ Orr (MA 2007
Five UEA writers nominated for 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal
Five UEA alumni have been nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, which is now in its 80th year and rewards an outstanding book for children and young people. The nominated titles are Bad Apple by Matt Whyman (Creative Writing MA 1992),Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford (Creative Writing MA 1994), The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain by John Boyne (Creative Writing MA 1995), Nightwanderers by CJ Flood (pictured, Creative Writing MA 2010) and Sophie Someone by Hayley Long (American Studies MA 2016). The longlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal will be announced on 16 February 2017, the shortlist on 16 March, and the winner on 19 June.