The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain by UEA alumnus John Boyne has been shortlisted for this year’s Children’s Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award. The book was published by Doubleday Children’s in 2015. John graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1995, and returned as a Creative Writing Fellow in 2004, and as a tutor on the Creative Writing MA in 2014. A recipient of the Curtis Brown bursary in 1994, he is now the sponsor of a bursary for young Irish writer to join the MA in Prose Fiction. John’s first novel, The Thief of Time, was published in 2000, since when he has published nine other novels for adults, most recently A History of Loneliness, and four novels for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which was published successfully all over the world and was made into a feature film by Miramax. His debut collection of short fiction, Beneath the Earth, was published last year. The winner of the 2016 CBI Award will be announced on 23 May.