Words & Women: The Compendium is an anthology of fiction and creative non-fiction by women writers in the East of England and nationally over the age of forty. It is published this week with a launch event in the Book Hive in Norwich on 9th March. The Compendium gathers work representing the best of the previous four Words & Women annual prose competitions, plus this year’s winners, who were selected by UEA alumnae Emma Claire Sweeney (MA 2004) and Emily Midorikawa (MA 2005) (pictured). The compendium is edited by UEA graduates Lynne Bryan (MA 1985) and Belona Greenwood (MA 2005), who established Words & Women in 2011 as a voluntary organisation to support and celebrate women writers. Four previous anthologies have been published, the first being shortlisted for a Saboteur Award in 2014, as well as a collection of contemporary rural lifewriting, Gull Stones and Cuckoos. Lynne and Belona were shortlisted for the Women in Publishing New Venture Award in 2015 and 2016.