The Colony of Shadows by UEA alumnus Bikram Sharma has been longlisted for the Tata Literature Live! Best First Fiction Book Award – Fiction. Bikram (pictured) is from Bangalore. He completed an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2015, and in 2016 he was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust writing fellowship at the University of Kent. In 2017 he won the DNA-Out of Print Short Fiction Prize. The Colony of Shadows is his debut novel and is currently longlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature. The Tata Literature Live! Best First Book Award – Fiction winners will be announced on 29 October.