UEA Live: Imogen Hermes Gowar
The final UEA Live of the Spring line up is packed with UEA writing talent. The event will be headlined by two graduates of the UEA Creative Writing MA: debut novelist Imogen Hermes Gowar, and poet Sophie Collins. Also featuring special faculty guest reader and Sunday Times Bestselling author, Rachel Hore; Charles Pick Fellow, Rahad Abir; and David T K Wong Fellow, Nathanial Go.
Imogen Hermes Gowar won the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarship to study for an MA in Creative Writing at UEA. She won the Curtis Brown Prize for her dissertation, which became her debut novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. An early draft was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition 2015, and it was also one of three entries shortlisted for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award.
**Longlisted for the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize**
‘The richness and rhythm of the writing is irresistible.’ - Emma Healey
Sophie Collins is co-editor of tender, an online arts quarterly, and editor of Currently & Emotion, an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. small white monkeys, a text on self-expression, self-help and shame, was published by Book Works in November 2017 as part of a commissioned residency at Glasgow Women’s Library. Her debut collection of poems, Who Is Mary Sue?, was recently published by Faber & Faber.
‘Sophie Collins, at the beginning of her career, has enormous promise…’ – Nick Lezard The Guardian
Rachel Hore is the author of eight novels including, The Glass Painter’s Daughter, The Silent Tide, The House on Bellevue Gardens, and her latest, The Last Letter Home, which was published March 2018.
Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Rahad Abir is a fiction writer. His works have appeared in Aerodrome, Toad Suck Review, Blue Lyra Review, The Penmen Review and New Asian Writing. His short story, 'I am in London' was included in the UK anthology Brick Lane Tales. He has worked as a journalist, university instructor, and interpreter. Currently Abir is working on his first novel about the pre-Bangladesh-Pakistan period, with a particular focus on the mass uprising in 1969.
Nathan Go was born and raised in the southern Philippines. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. A PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, he has taught creative writing at the Braille Institute. His stories have been published or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, the Massachusetts Review and the Des Moines Register. He is currently working on his first novel.
Doors open for all events at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. No booking necessary.