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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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