The Mermaid of Black Conch by UEA alumna Monique Roffey has been shortlisted for the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize, which is open to all genres and forms of literature and is worth £30,000 to the winner. Monique was born in Trinidad and graduated from the English Literature BA at UEA in 1987. Her first novel Sun Dog was published in 2002. The White Woman On The Green Bicycle, published in 2009, was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize and the 2011 Encore Prize. Archipelago, published in 2012, won the OCM BOCAS prize for Caribbean Literature in 2013, while House of Ashes was shortlisted for both the Costa Fiction Award and the OCM BOCAS prize. The Mermaid of Black Conch is currently also longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and was the winner of the 2020 Costa Book Award. It was published by Peepal Tree Press last year.