The Mermaid of Black Conch by UEA alumna Monique Roffey has been longlisted for the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media. The novel was published by Peepal Tree Press last year, and was the winner of the 2020 Costa Book Award. It is currently also longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and on the shortlist for the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize. 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, while House of Ashes was shortlisted for both the Costa Fiction Award and the OCM BOCAS prize.