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Crossing the Lines

Published by Flambard Press

ISBN: 9781906601263

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With contributors from five continents, Crossing the Lines showcases new writing by international students living in the UK. This collection features the 14 best stories from the International Student Short Story Competition run by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA).

These narrative voices explore a wide variety of social challenges and personal dilemmas, as writers from as far away as Nigeria, Australia and Malaysia share their impressions and experiences of life at Britain’s universities. Fresh and diverse, the anthology provides insights that will be of benefit to schools, agencies and prospective international students, while retaining appeal for readers looking for an insight into the lives of others.

Jackie Kay was born in Scotland and now lives in Manchester. Her books include the 1991 poetry collection The Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe, 2000) and the 1988 novel Trumpet, which was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. She is also the author of Wish I Was Here, winner of the British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year in 2006, and the memoir Red Dust Road (Picador, 2011). In 2006, she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.

Kachi A. Ozumba is a Nigerian-born novelist and short-story writer. He won the Arts Council England’s Decibel Penguin Prize in 2006 and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) in 2009. His debut novel, The Shadow of a Smile (2009), was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. He lives in Newcastle.
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