UEA alumna Amber Massie-Blomfield has begun her residency as one of the 2019 Gladstone Library political writers in residence. She will spend three weeks at the library, during which time she will host an evening event linked to her writing. The residencies recognise the best-written expressions of political thought, particularly that which encourages political debate with a public audience. Amber (pictured) graduated from the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction at UEA this year. Her first book Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die (Penned in the Margins) was shortlisted for the 2019 Theatre Book Prize. Her work has also been published by Standart, Unbound, Annexe Magazine, The Wrong Quarterly, The Independent, The Guardian, Exeunt, New Internationalist, and The Stage. She received the Society of Authors’ Michael Meyer Award in 2016, and in 2018 a Special Achievement Award at the Off West End Awards for her work as Executive Director of Camden People’s Theatre.