John Boyne shortlisted for UKLA Award
‘The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket’ by UEA alumnus John Boyne has been shortlisted in the 7-11 age category of this year’s UKLA Book Awards. John (pictured) graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1995 and published his first novel, ‘The Thief of Time’, in 2000. His first novel for children, ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’, was published in 2006 and became an international bestseller. It won the CBI Bisto Book of the Year and both the People’s Choice Award Book of the Year and the Children’s Book of the Year at the 2007 Irish Book Awards. It was shortlisted for several other prizes and adapted for cinema. John’s most recent novel for young readers, ‘Stay Where You Are And Then Leave’, is published in the US this month. His next novel for adults, ‘A History of Loneliness’, will be published in the UK in September. The UKLA Awards are coordinated by the United Kingdom Literacy Association and is the UK’s only national book prize voted for by teachers. The winners will be announced on 4th July at the UKLA International Conference at the University of Sussex.