Books by three recent UEA graduates have been included on the longlist of ten titles in contention for this year’s Guardian First Book Award. Gavin McCrea is selected for ‘Mrs Engels’, his debut novel published by Scribe in April. Gavin graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009 and gained his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, also from UEA, in 2013. Katherine Norbury is longlisted for her memoir ‘The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream’, published by Bloomsbury in February. Katharine (pictured) graduated as a part-time student from MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, London. Sara Taylor is nominated for her debut novel ‘The Shore’, published by William Heinemann in March and previously longlisted for the 2015 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Sara graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying for her PhD at UEA.