‘The Hazel Twig and Olive Tree’ by UEA alumnus Richard Lambert has been shortlisted for this year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is worth £30,000 to the winner. Richard (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010 and a published a debut collection poetry, Night Journey, in 2012. He is the recipient of an Arts Council award to write a new collection, The Nameless Places, and is currently on Escalator, a talent development scheme for writers in the east of England. His novel The Wolf Road was longlisted for this year’s Caledonia Novel Award. The winner of the short story award will be announced 27 April.