UEA alumnus Ashley Hickson-Lovence has been nominated for the London Chamber of Commerce Black Excellence Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Literature. Ashley (pictured) grew up in Hackney, London, and completed an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at City, University of London, while working as a secondary school English teacher. He completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA in 2022, where he taught on the MA in Creative Writing. Ashley also teaches for First Story, Haringey Learning Partnership, and the University of Bournemouth. His debut novel The 392 was published by OWN IT! in 2019.