‘Acts of the Assassins’, the latest novel by UEA alumnus Richard Beard, has been shortlisted for the 2015 Goldsmith’s Prize, which is worth £10,000 to the winner. The novel was published earlier this year by Harvill Secker. Richard (pictured) graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 1995 and has since published five other novels: ‘X20’ (1996), ‘Damascus’ (1998), ‘The Cartoonist’ (2000), ‘Dry Bones’ (2004), and ’Lazarus is Dead’ (2011). He is also the author of three works of non-fiction: ‘Muddied Oafs: The Last Days of Rugger’ (2003), ‘Manly Pursuits: Beating the Australians’ (2006) and ‘Becoming Drucilla: One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders’ (2008). He is the Director of the National Academy of Writing, and in 2014 he returned to UEA as a Teaching Fellow on the Creative Writing MA. The Goldsmiths Prize was founded by Goldsmiths, University of London in association with the New Statesman and launched in 2013 with the goal of rewarding fiction that ‘breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form’. The winner of this year’s award will be announced at Foyles Bookshop in London on 11th November.