UEA alumna Imogen Hermes Gowar has been announced as the Literature nominee for the Times Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. The Breakthrough Award recognises achievements made by newcomers across ten categories of the arts. Imogen (pictured) is nominated for her debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, which was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Imogen graduated from UEA with a BA in Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History in 2012 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2014, when she was the winner of the Curtis Brown Award. An early draft of her novel, which she began while completing her MA, was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition in 2015 and was shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award. The winner of the Times Breakthrough Award will be announced on 1 July.