Avril Joy wins Costa Short Story Award
UEA graduate Avril Joy has won the inaugural Costa Short Story Award, worth £3,500, for her story ‘Millie and Bird’. Avril (pictured) gained a BA in History of Art at UEA in 1972, and published her first novel ‘The Sweet Track’ in 2007. She worked for several years as a teacher in HMP Low Newton, on the outskirts of Durham, and in 2003 won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North. The winner of the Costa Short Story Award was chosen by public vote after a judging panel had selected a shortlist of six.