UEA graduate Gayle O’Brien has won the 2011 Hookline Novel Competition for her novel for young adults, ‘Underground’. Gayle (pictured) grew up in rural New England and moved to the UK in 1999 after gaining a BA in Literature from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She graduated from UEA’s Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2005 and now lives in Kent with her husband and two children. The Hookline competition is open only to students and graduates of MA writing courses in the UK and is judged by reading groups around the country. Another UEA alumna, Tamara Britten (2006), was shortlisted for the award. The winning title is guaranteed publication by Hookline Books, and ‘Underground’ will appear in April 2012.