Anjali Joseph wins Desmond Elliott Prize
Having last week won a Betty Trask Award worth £10,000 for her first novel ‘Saraswati Park’, UEA writer Anjali Joseph has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize, also worth £10,000. Anjali graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2008 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA while working on her second novel. She was included in the Daily Telegraph’s list of Britain’s best 20 novelists under the age of 40 prior to the publication of ‘Saraswati Park’ last year. The novel has since been shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (South Asia and Europe Best First Book), and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Another UEA alumnus, Edward Hogan, won the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2009 for his first novel ‘Blackmoor’.