UEA alumnus Ian McEwan (pictured) is to receive Israel’s most prestigious literary award, the Jerusalem prize, at the Jerusalem book fair this month. The prize, which is worth £6,000, is awarded biennially to a writer whose works deal with themes of individual freedom in society. Among the previous recipients are Bertrand Russell, Simone de Beauvoir, JM Coetzee, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Haruki Murakami. McEwan was the sole inaugural graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA in 1971 and has since accepted the honorary awards of Distinguished Writing Fellow and Jubilee Professor of the University of East Anglia from the university. He is the author of fourteen works of fiction, including ‘Amsterdam’, which won the Booker Prize in 1998.