The UEA New Forms Prize 2020 will be judged by Inua Ellams, with Professor Henry Sutton and Dr. Claire Hynes of UEA and National Centre for Writing (NCW) Programme Director Peggy Hughes.
Inua Ellams was born in Nigeria in 1984. He is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry: Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen and #Afterhours. His first play, The 14th Tale, was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth, Barber Shop Chronicles, sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Peggy Hughes is the Programme Director at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich. She is also Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland, Scotland’s membership network for literature, committed to advancing the interests of literature and languages of Scotland at home and abroad. Peggy is also a board member of publishers 404Ink and charity Open Book Reading. She is from Northern Ireland, and before moving to Norwich worked in literature at the University of Dundee, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, the Scottish Poetry Library and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Claire Hynes is a lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She writes fiction, autofiction, and theatre monologues. Her writing includes, ‘How It Feels to Be Black Woman, Me,’ published in Lighthouse literary journal (2018) and ‘Assorted Biscuits,’ published in Tangled Roots Anthology (2015). Her theatre monologues, ‘How It Feels…’ (2018) and ‘Welcome to the Freak Show’ (2016) have been performed at The Contact Theatre, Manchester. Her short fiction, ‘In Her Hair’ was listed for the Bath Short Story Award and published in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology (2014) and Claire was commended in the Words and Women, ‘about,’ competition (2014). Claire is a former news editor of The Voice newspaper and she contributes to national and international media including the Guardian.
Henry Sutton is Professor of Creative Writing and Crime Fiction in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. He is Director of Creative Writing, and the convener of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). He is the author of 12 novels – Good Dark Night (Corsair/Little Brown 2019) under the pseudonym Harry Brett, and The Hotel Inspector (Kampa Verlag, 2019) in press – and most recently published Red Hot Front (Corsair/Little, Brown, 2018), also under the pseudonym Harry Brett. He is the co-founder and a director of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. He has judged numerous literary awards, including the John Lewellyn Rhys Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. He has been the Literary Editor of Esquire magazine, and the Books Editor of the Daily Mirror.