Owl Song At Dawn, the debut novel by UEA alumna Emma Claire Sweeney, has been shortlisted for this year’s BookHugger Book of the Year award. The novel was published by Legend Press last year. Emma (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2004, and has since won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards for her writing. She has written for the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Times, and teaches Creative Writing at New York University. She co-runs SomethingRhymed.com – a website on female literary friendship – with fellow UEA alumna, Emily Midorikawa, with whom she is co-writing A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, which will be published next year by Aurum Press in the UK and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the USA.