Edge Hill alumna and Associate Lecturer Carys Bray, who was this week announced as one of four authors shortlisted for the prestigious Costa 2014 First Novel Award with A Song For Issy Bradley, will return to the University to give a reading from the novel on 15 December in an event hosted by the University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE).

A Song For Issy Bradley was written as part of Carys’ PhD in Creative Writing at Edge Hill. The book itself is dedicated to her PhD supervisors, Ailsa Cox and Robert Sheppard, both of whom teach Creative Writing at the University.

Published by Hutchinson, part of the Random House group of publishers, the novel has gone on to receive rave reviews from best-selling novelist Nick Hornby as well as The Times, The Express, The Independent and The Guardian, before garnering the Costa nomination.

A mother of four, Carys was raised in Southport and started her MA with Edge Hill in 2010 at the age of 34. While studying, she went on to win the MA category of the 2010 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her story Just in Case, had stories published in various journals and magazines and her short story collection Sweet Home won the prestigious 2012 Scott Prize.

Carys Bray

Carys Bray

Carys currently teaches part-time on the Creative Writing course at Edge Hill. She said: “The MA taught me to be a better writer. The staff expanded my reading horizons, taught me how to give and receive feedback, how to edit and discard things that don’t work, and how to submit work to journals and magazines.”

Individual Category winners for the Costa Awards will be announced on 5 January with the overall winner being revealed on 27 January.

To register to attend this free reading, which takes place at Edge Hill’s flagship Creative Edge building on the evening of 15 December, click here

Find out more about ICE here.