Recent UEA graduate Christie Watson has been included on the shortlist of four for the 2012 Costa First Novel Award. Christie (pictured) graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2008 and published her first novel, ‘Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away’, with Quercus earlier this year. Before joining UEA, where she was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary, she worked as a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, a teacher of nursing and as a senior sister. She lives in London and is currently writing her second novel. The winner of the Costa First Novel Award will be announced on 4th January, and the overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award on 24th January.