A Song for Ella Grey by UEA alumnus David Almond has been announced as the winner of this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. A retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in north-east England, the novel was published by Hodder in 2014 and was earlier this year shortlisted for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize. David (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973 and began a career as a teacher before publishing his first novel in his late forties. He has since published nearly twenty other books, including two novels for adults. He was previously shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2011 for My Name is Mina, the prequel to his bestselling first novel for children, Skellig, which was published in 1998 and won that year’s Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread children’s prize.