Words and Women: Four is the latest annual collection of short prose by women nationally over the age of 40 and at any age in the East of England, and is published by Unthank Books this week to coincide with International Women’s Day. The volume – which contains memoir, fiction and creative non-fiction – is edited by UEA alumnae Lynne Bryan (MA 1985) and Belona Greenwood (MA 2005) and contains the 24 winning entries from the 2016 Words and Women writing competition. The stories were selected by UEA alumna Naomi Wood (MA 2008; PhD 2014), author of The Godless Boys and Mrs Hemingway, who also contributes the introduction. Among the selected pieces are three by UEA graduates: ‘A Punch Up At A Wedding’ by Anna Metcalfe (MA 2012; PhD 2016), ‘Thiruvega’ by Clare Morgan (MA 1991), and ‘Memory Thief’ by Marianne Picton (BA 2016). Words and Women: One was shortlisted for the 2014 Saboteur Awards, and Words And Women: Two for the 2015 Women in Publishing New Venture Award.