Andrew Cowan is Director of the Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA at the University of East Anglia (UEA), from which he himself graduated as a student of Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter in 1985. Before joining the UEA faculty in 2004 he was twice a Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at the university. He is the author of four novels, including Pig, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for five other literary awards, and won a Betty Trask Award, the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Ruth Hadden Memorial Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Common Ground and Crustaceans both received competitive Arts Council bursaries. What I Know was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers' Award and was published in 2005.