Each year we publish an anthology of work by students graduating from the MA in Creative Writing. Published in October and launched in Norwich (at the UEA Drama Studio) and in London (at the LRB Bookshop), the anthology is compiled, edited and designed by the students themselves and represents for many their first appearance in print.
The first volume, Unthank, appeared in 1990 and featured an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury, with stories by all ten students on that year's MA. Over the years the anthologies have been introduced by a number of other writers with a strong connection to UEA, including Ian McEwan, Rose Tremain, Adam Mars-Jones, Anne Enright, Andrew Motion, Michèle Roberts, George Szirtes, John Boyne, Louise Doughty, Andrew Miller, Joe Dunthorne and Anjali Joseph.
The first drama scripts appeared in the 1994 anthology, Matrix, the first poems in the 1997 anthology, Catapult, and the first pieces of lifewriting in the 2004 anthology, Concertina. These days the anthology is published in four volumes, representing the four strands of the MA programme - Biography and Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Prose Fiction, and Scriptwriting.
In 2007 a new series of anthologies was inaugurated with the publication of Workshop, a collection of UEA undergraduate writing, again initiated, compiled, edited and designed by the students themselves, with support from the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Trust. This is now published annually under the aegis of the UEA Live series of undergraduate reading events.