The Five Sorrowful Mysteries Of Andy Africa by UEA student Stephen Buoro has been included in the shortlist of three titles in the running for the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. It was selected from 876 entries for the award, which recognises and supports an as yet unpublished writer who is completing their first book. The winner receives £10,000 and the two runners-up £1,000 each. Stephen (pictured) was born in Nigeria in 1993 and previously studied Mathematics before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2018 as the recipient of that year’s Booker Prize Foundation Bursary. He began his novel during his MA and is currently studying for a fully-funded PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA under the supervision of Andrew Cowan and Anshuman Mondal. The two previous winners of the biennial Deborah Rogers Award were both UEA MA graduates who subsequently joined the PhD programme: Sharlene Teo in 2016 for Ponti and Deepa Anappara in 2018 for Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line. Another MA alumna Imogen Hermes Gower was shortlisted for the award in 2016 for The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. This year’s winner will be announced on 12 May.