Two alumni of the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA have been shortlisted for this year’s Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writer’s Award, which is given annually to two writers in the early stages of a new book relating to the Americas. The Award is worth £20,000 and the winners also receive a residency at the British Library. Trinidadian novelist Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (pictured), who graduated from the MA in 2018 and is currently completing her PhD is Creative & Critical Writing, is nominated for her novel Dark Eye Place. Her debut novel When We Were Birds was published by Hamish Hamilton earlier this year. British-American writer Malachi McIntosh, who graduated from the MA in 2015, is nominated for A Revolutionary Consciousness, which describes the emergence of the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM). Malachi was until recently the editor of Wasafiri Magazine. The winners of the Award will be announced on 23 November.