A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom by UEA alumnus John Boyne has been longlisted for the 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, Best Published Novel. The novel was published by Penguin Random House last year. John graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1995, and returned as a Creative Writing Fellow in 2004, and as a tutor on the Creative Writing MA in 2014. A recipient of the Curtis Brown bursary in 1994, he is now the sponsor of a bursary for young Irish writer to join the MA. John’s first novel, The Thief of Time, was published in 2000, since when he has published eleven other novels for adults and five novels for younger readers, including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was published successfully all over the world and was made into a feature film by Miramax. The winner of the Wilbur Smith prize will receive £10,000.