Towards Mellbreak, the debut novel by UEA alumna Marie-Elsa Bragg, has been shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild Best First Novel Award. Marie-Elsa (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2015. She previously studied Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University and trained for the Priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford University. She is a Priest in the diocese of London, an Ignatian spiritual director, a therapist and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. Towards Mellbreak was published by Chatto & Windus earlier this year. The announcement of the Writers’ Guild Award will be made on 15th January 2018.