Submitted by Leah on Mon, 2015-01-05 16:41
As well as awarding a prize for the finest fiction of the year, the Man Booker Prize also recognises up-and-coming writers through its scholarship at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
One of its scholars, 27-year-old Eliza Robertson, has been tipped for literary success by a number of papers with the publication of her debut short story collection, Wallflowers (published by Bloomsbury on 15 January). With Wallflowers already a bestseller in her native Canada (the New York Times calls it a ‘captivating’ read), Eliza been highlighted by The Independent as one to watch in 2015, as ‘a promising new voice on the literary scene’.
The Man Booker scholarship, which was first awarded in 2009, covers academic fees, travel and living costs and is given to a student admitted to the Creative Writing MA programme. Jointly funded by UEA and the Booker Prize Foundation, it is open to graduates from all Commonwealth countries and Ireland. Robertson was studying for an MA in Prose Fiction at UEA when she received the scholarship.
Robertson, who still lives in Norwich, is currently working on her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and writing her first novel. She will take part in a UEA Live event at the Writers’ Centre Norwich on 21 January.