Two graduates of the UEA MA in Creative Writing have been named among the Observer’s annual selection of the 10 Best New Novelists. Stephen Buoro is nominated for his debut The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa and Jyoti Patel for her first novel The Things That We Lost. Stephen (pictured) was born in Nigeria in 1993 and previously studied Mathematics before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2018 as the recipient of that year’s Booker Prize Foundation Bursary. He is currently studying for a fully-funded PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA under the supervision of Andrew Cowan and Anshuman Mondal. The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa won second prize in the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award and will be published by Bloomsbury in April. Jyoti was born in Paris to British Indian parents and grew up in London. She graduated from the BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2014 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2021. An earlier version of The Things That We Lost, which Jyoti began writing during her MA, was the winner of the 2021 Merky Books New Writers Prize.