UEA alumnus C.D. (Chris) Rose has been awarded the Northern Writers’ Award for Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction in the 2021 New Writing North Northern Writers’ Awards. Chris (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and subsequently gained a PhD in the short story from Edge Hill University. His first book The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure was published by Melville House in 2014. A standalone short story, Neva Star, was published as a pamphlet by Daunt Books in 2015. His novel Who’s Who When Everyone Is Someone Else: Ten Lectures on Great Lost Books was published by Melville House in 2018 and shortlisted for the 2019 McKitterick Prize, and in 2020 he edited Birmingham, an anthology of new short fiction published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe. His third novel The Blind Accordionist has just been published by Melville House. Chris teaches Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.