Fortune by UEA alumna Amanda Smyth has been shortlisted for this year’s Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, which is worth £25,000 to the winner. The novel was published by Peepal Tree Press last year. Amanda is Irish/Trinidadian and completed the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2000. Her first novel, Black Rock, was published by Serpent’s Tail in 2009, and was shortlisted for Waterstones New Voices in the UK, chosen as one of Oprah’s Summer Reads in the US, and shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize and for the Prix Femina Etranger in France, where it was the winner of the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in 2010. A Kind of Eden was published by Serpent’s Tail in 2013 and optioned as a TV series. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in New Writing, London Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, Harvard Review and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The winner of the Walter Scott Prize will be announced at the Borders Book Festival, which runs from 16 to 19 June.