02/04/2013

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award

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UEA Creative Writing alumnus Kazuo Ishiguro has been announced at the winner of the 2013 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.  Previous winners of the award include Nobel Prize laureates Saul Bellow and Toni Morrison, and fellow UEA alumnus Ian McEwan.  Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to England at an early age.  He joined the Creative Writing MA in 1979, where he began work on what would become his first novel, ‘A Pale View of the Hills’.  Subsequent publications include ‘An Artist of the Floating World (1986), which won the Whitbread Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Remains of the Day (1989), which won the Booker Prize and was adapted for cinema, ‘When We Were Orphans (2000), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize (2000)  and ‘Never Let Me Go (2005), which was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and adapted for cinema.  He was included in the Granta list of Best of Young British Novelists in both 1983 and 1993.  ‘Never Let Me Go’ will be distributed to every new undergraduate joining UEA this coming autumn.

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