Ali Smith joins UEA
10-1-13 The Booker-shortlisted novelist Ali Smith has joined the UEA Creative Writing programme this semester as a UNESCO City of Literature visiting professor. She will be working with Creative Writing and Translation students, offering individual tutorials and seminars, as well as hosting a literary event in the city in association with the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) and Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN). Norwich recently became England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, joining Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin and Reykjavik, and it is intended that this permanent designation will be marked by the annual appointment by UEA of two visiting professors of international reputuation. The playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker was the inaugural professor in the Autumn 2012 semester. Ali Smith (pictured) was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize for her 2001 novel ‘Hotel World’ and for her 2004 novel ‘The Accidental’, which went on to win the 2005 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. Her most recent publication is 'Artful', a partly fictionalised meditation on art and literature. Her appointment marks the continuation of an association with UEA that began with her appointment as a Writing Fellow in 1999.