02/08/2016

Thomas Morris wins Wales Book of the Year Award

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, the debut collection of short stories by UEA alumnus Thomas Morris, has been announced as the overall winner of the 2016 Wales Book of the Year Award. Judged in three categories – Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction – and in two languages – Welsh and English – the award is administered by Literature Wales. Thomas’s collection was first awarded the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award before being selected for the main English-language award. It also won the public vote for the Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Award. Thomas (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013 and is currently the editor of the Irish literary journal The Stinging Fly. In 2014 he edited Dubliners 100, a centenary collection of new short stories by Irish writers based on James Joyce’s Dubliners. Earlier this year We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, published by Faber & Faber in 2015, received a Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

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