‘The Kills’ by UEA alumnus Richard House is among the six books shortlisted for the second annual Gordon Burn Prize. ‘The Kills’ was published by Picador in 2013 and longlisted for that year’s Man Booker Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Blue Carnation Prize and the Literature category of the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Richard (pictured) graduated from UEA with a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2008 and now teaches at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of two previous novels, ‘Bruiser’ (1997) and ‘Uninvited’ (1998), and is a member of the Chicago-based art collaborative, ‘Haha’, and editor of the digital magazine ‘Fatboy Review’. The Gordon Burn Prize is run in partnership by New Writing North, Faber & Faber, and the Gordon Burn Trust, and the winner, who will get £5,000 and be offered the chance to take a writing retreat of up to three months at Gordon Burn’s cottage in Berwickshire, will be announced on 10th October.