21/10/2011

Jane Harris shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Award

UEA writer Jane Harris has been shortlisted for the Popular Fiction Book of the Year category of the Galaxy National Book Awards for her second novel, ‘Gillespie and I’, which was published by Faber and Faber earlier this year. Jane (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1992, and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 1995. Between 1992 and 1994 she was the Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at HMP Durham, and for several years she taught on UEA’s undergraduate Creative Writing programme. Her first novel ‘The Observations’ was published in 2006 and was nominated for numerous prizes, including the Waterstone’s Newcomer of the Year Best Novel award, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, the Glen Dimplex Award, the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award, the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year Award, and the South Bank Show / Times Breakthrough Award. Jane is married to the film and TV director, Tom Shankland, another graduate of the UEA MA. The winners of the Galaxy National Book Awards will be announced on 4th November.

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