UEA alumnus Martyn Bedford has been included on the shortlist of four for the 2012 Costa Children’s Book Award. Martyn (pictured) is nominated for 'Flip', his first novel for young adults, which was published by Walker Books earlier this year. A second young adult novel, 'The Fallen One', will be published next year. Martyn graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1994 and now teaches on the English & Writing programme at Leeds Trinity University College. He has previously published five novels for adults, including 'Acts of Revision', which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Novel award in 1996. The winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award will be announced on 4th January, and the overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award on 24th January.