Deepa Anappara, Poppy Sebag-Montefiore and Lauren Van Schaik shortlisted for Lucy Cavendish Prize

Three UEA Creative Writing students and alumni have been shortlisted for the 2018 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize for unpublished female authors. They are: Deepa Anappara for Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line; Poppy Sebag-Montefiore for Listeners; and Lauren Van Schaik for Joplin. Deepa graduated from the MA in Creative Writing last year and is currently doing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. She previously worked as a journalist in India and has won or been shortlisted for a number of prizes for her short fiction. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line won the Bridport/Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel in 2017. Poppy (pictured) graduated from the MA in 2014 as the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship. She worked for several years in China as a correspondent and producer for the BBC and Channel4 and currently teaches Modern Chinese Fiction at Kings College London and Kingston University. Lauren was born in Missouri, grew up in Ohio, and now lives and works in London. She studied History at Bryn Mawr College, Oxford, and UCL, and graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2016 as the recipient of the David Higham bursary. The winner of the Prize will be announced on 24 June and will receive £1,500. The 2015 Prize was won by UEA alumna Emily Midorikawa (MA 2005). Kathryn Simmonds (MA 2002) was shortlisted in 2012 and Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (MA 2017) in 2016

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