Andrew Cowan is the Director of the Creative Writing programme at UEA, from which he graduated in 1985.
His first novel, Pig (1994), won a string of awards, including the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Common Ground (1996) and Crustaceans (2000) both received Arts Council bursaries. What I Know (2005) was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers' Award. Cowan has also published a creative writing guidebook, The Art of Writing Fiction (2011). His fifth novel, Worthless Men, was published in 2013.
Previously a long-standing tutor for the Arvon Foundation, he was for three years the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at UEA. He was appointed to the faculty in 2004 and currently teaches and lectures at undergraduate and MA level and supervises a number of PhD students.
The collection is composed of his literary papers – novel manuscripts, correspondence and research papers, all of which chart his creative process in significant detail. They include papers relating to his teaching activities and judging of competitions, and interviews for the Norwich Oral History Archive, which inspired his novel, Worthless Men.
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'From flop to top'. Cowan writes in The Guardian about his experience of being published.