Oxblood by UEA alumnus and Creative Writing lecturer Tom Benn has been longlisted for the 2023 Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of the year. Tom (pictured) graduated from the UEA BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2009 and from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010. He was the winner of this year’s Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award, also for Oxblood, which was previously nominated for the Gordon Burn Prize. His first novel The Doll Princess (Cape 2012) was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Portico Prize and was longlisted for the CWA’s John Creasey Dagger Award. His other novels are Chamber Music (Cape 2013) and Trouble Man (Cape 2014). Tom was a winner of Creative England’s iWrite scheme for emerging screenwriters and his first film Real Gods Require Blood was selected to premiere in competition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Short Film Award at the BFI London Film Festival.