‘Disappearances’ by UEA alumna KJ (Katherine) Orr has been announced as the winner of this year’s £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award. Katherine (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and subsequently completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Chichester. She was previously shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011, when UEA alumnus DW Wilson was the winner, and has also been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize and the KWS Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition. In 2012 Daunt Books published a special edition of her story ‘The Inland Sea’, and last year she was included in the anthology Best British Short Stories 2015. Her debut collection, Light Box, was published by Daunt Books earlier this year, and ‘Disappearances’ is taken from that collection. Katherine is currently a Teaching Fellow at UEA.