Charles Pick fellows from 2002 onwards Charles Pick fellows from 2002 onwards

2015-16 Charles Pick South Asian Fellow: Khine Soe Lung

Khine Soe Lung is a Burmese citizen. She has been writing since fifteen, and her literary works, either in Burmese or English, are published in local magazines and journals. She was a student at the University of Computer Studies, Yangon in 1996 and graduated in 2001. She worked in Myanmar for some years as a travel agent and then in Singapore for Nokia Service Centre and Apple Service Centre. She was one of the founders and editors of Existence Online Magazine, which won an 'Academy...

2014-15 Charles Pick South Asian Fellow: Avinab Datta

Avinab Datta grew up in Calcutta, Tura, and now lives in Bombay. He co-founded and edited nether, a small literary journal, and his poems are forthcoming in the anthology 40/40 (Poetrywala). He is currently working on a novel and a book of stories. 

2014-15 Chalres Pick South Asian Fellow: Mahreen Sohail

Mahreen Sohail graduated with an M.F.A from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. She moved back to Pakistan in 2013 after having spent several years abroad. These days, she lives on the outskirts of Islamabad and teaches creative writing at the National University of Sciences and Technology. She is working on a collection of short stories.  

2013-14 Charles Pick South Asian Fellow: Akil Kumarasamy

Akil Kumarasamy is from Edison, New Jersey. She graduated  from Barnard College, Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics. She completed a MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, where she was a recipient of a Meijer Post Graduate Fellowship, Henfield Foundation Award, and Frederick Busch Prize. She has also received a Boren Nation Security Scholarship to study Tamil in Madurai, India. Previously, she worked as a fiction reader at the Michigan Quarterly Review and an...

2013-14 Charles Pick South Asian Fellow: Avni Doshi

Avni Doshi was born in New Jersey, and completed her Bachelors in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. She then went on to do her Masters in Art History at University College London before moving to Mumbai to pursue a career as an art curator. Avni's articles have appeared in publications like Art Asia Pacific, Art India and Frieze. Her most recent exhibition in Mumbai centred on the writing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Avni secretly began writing fiction a few years ago. In...

2012-13 Charles Pick South Asian Fellow: Shubhangi Swarup

Shubhangi Swarup lives in Mumbai, working as a journalist for OPEN Magazine (an Indian news weekly) and helps to run a community group called ‘Hamara Footpath’, working with street children. In 2012 she had taken a sabbatical in order to focus on her novel, a work of fiction tentatively called ‘Faultlines’. It is a novel situated on a geological crack that separates two continental plates; beginning in the depths of the Andaman Sea and ending in the highest...

2012-13 Charles Pick Fellow: Megan Bradbury

Megan Bradbury graduated from the UEA with an MA in Creative Writing in 2005. She used her term as a Charles Pick Fellow to work on a novel that documents the cultural development of New York City through the lives and work of Edmund White, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Moses and Walt Whitman. After completing the Fellowship in 2013, Megan won an Escalator Literature Award from the Writers’ Centre Norwich and a Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council England. A sample of her work will be...

2011-12 Charles Pick Fellow: Will Boast

Will Boast was born in England (Southampton) and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for a California Book Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices, Narrative, Salon, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, and The New York Times, among other publications. From 2008-2010, he was a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University. His next book, a memoir, titled The...

2011-12 Charles Pick Fellow: Helen Dinmore

Helen Dinmore is a novelist, short story writer and reviewer from South Australia, who graduated from the Creative Writing program at Flinders University in 2010 with First Class Honours and several academic and writing prizes, including the University Medal. Her first novel for children - one of the two projects she worked on during the Charles Pick Fellowship - will be published in 2014 under a pseudonym. An excerpt from the other project, a novel for grown-ups entitled The...

2010-11 Charles Pick Fellow: Ret'sepile Makamane

Ret’sepile Makamane was born and raised in Lesotho. She read Philosophy and Theatre at the National University of Lesotho, and then moved to Johannesburg where she studied Drama and Film at the University of Witwatersrand. There she worked as an actress, waitress and reviewed books for a local newspaper before becoming a Commissioning Editor for SABC television (The South African Broadcasting Corporation). She came to England in 2008 on a Graça Machel Scholarship, and wrote her...

2010-11 Charles Pick Fellow: Jon Lewis-Katz

Jon Lewis-Katz has taught in the New York City public school system and at Cornell University, where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing. He has received the Charles Pick Fellowship at the University of East Anglia and the Alonzo Davis Fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. He has also completed residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Paden Institute and Retreat for Writer’s of Color. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in...

2009-10 Charles Pick Fellow: Simi Awosika

Simi Awosika practiced as a journalist in Nigeria first in the African Guardian magazine and then TheNEWS magazine where she covered many journalistic genres. The experience gave her an insight into the intricacies of Nigerian life and continues to provide themes for her stories. Until recently, Simi worked at the Greater London Authority. She has published short stories, among them ‘Firefly Ring’ in Brand (June 2008). Another short story ‘He Won't Touch Her Now’ was short-listed for the...

2009-10 Charles Pick Fellow: Birgit Larsson

Birgit Larsson is Swedish and Icelandic but has spent her life moving between Europe and the US. She has degrees in English literature from Harvard and the University of Edinburgh. She worked as an Assistant Editor at W.W. Norton before becoming a Community Outreach Coordinator, mediator, and Restorative Justice facilitator for a non-profit in Brooklyn, NY. She has also been an ESL teacher, an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and a wedding officiant. The novel Birgit worked on...

2008-09 Charles Pick Fellow: Erin Soros

Erin Soros was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she worked as a rape crisis counsellor and coordinator of literacy programs for marginalized youth. She has an MA from UBC, an MFA from Columbia University and has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction, most recently in West Coast Line, Indiana Review, Iowa Review and the in-flight magazine enRoute. Her stories have been aired on the CBC and BBC as recipients of the CBC Literary Award and the Commonwealth Prize for the...

2008-09 Charles Pick Fellow: David Sornig

David Sornig was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. His debut novel Spiel was published by University of Western Australia Publishing in 2009. He is a reviewer for The Melbourne Review and was a fiction editor for Wet Ink Magazine. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Griffith Review, Harvard Review, and Best Australian Stories, among others. During the fellowship David worked on a novel that explores the cultural and moral landscape of global warming. His story '...

2006-07 Charles Pick Fellow: Lois Williams

Lois Williams was raised in Britain and now lives in Pittsburgh, where she teaches poetry and nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She writes about landscape, family, and migration. As a Charles Pick Fellow she wrote memoir and researched stories of her extended family who settled in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, and London. From that work, her essay “The House of Provisions” was published in Granta, Issue 103, in October 2008. The essay was honoured with a Notable Essay...

2005-06 Charles Pick Fellow: Sam Fletcher

Sam Fletcher studied English Literature at the University and graduated with First Class Honours in 2003. He gained a Diploma in Periodical Journalism at the London College of Communication in 2004, before enrolling on the MA Creative Writing Programme at the University, graduating in 2005. He was awarded the Charles Pick Fellowship and returned to UEA at the beginning of September 2005. He is working on his novel, Pieces of Salvage , set in postwar Orkney.

2005-06 Charles Pick Fellow: Brian Chikwava

Brian Chikwava studied for a B.Sc (Hons) at the University of the West of England. In 2004 Brian won the Caine Prize for African Writing with his short story, Seventh Street Alchemy and the following year he was awarded a three-month Charles Pick Fellowship. In 2009 his first novel, Harare North was published in April 2009 by Jonathan Cape. The novel was published in French by Éditions Zoé in 2011. Brian is currently working on another novel. A memoir piece of his, The Fig Tree...

2004-05 Charles Pick Fellow: Alistair Daniel

"I’d like to thank everyone involved, for the wonderful opportunity of this fellowship. It has been a great experience in many ways and I hope I have made the most of it. Until I arrived last August, progress on my novel had been very intermittent, and having the time and space in which to generate some writing momentum has been invaluable. Over the six months I have managed to make substantial progress with the plot, distilling the various ideas I had into something (hopefully) much...

2003-4 Charles Pick Fellow: Luke Williams

"The Fellowship really helped me. I had been working in a restaurant and I found I could give up waiting on tables and concentrate exclusively on writing. Equally, it gave me confidence since I had been chosen by judges whose writing I respected. Living on campus, and being a part of UEA's English and American Studies department, provided a supportive environment. At the end of the six months I had completed the first part of the novel. I sent it to publishers and it was picked up by...