Anna Spargo-Ryan is an award-winning writer living in Melbourne, where she writes about brains and love and people and family and food and creativity. Her work has been published by Black Inc., The Guardian, Overland, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, The Big Issue, Daily Life, and many other places. Anna’s first novel, THE PAPER HOUSE, is out now from Picador. Her second novel, THE GULF, will be published by Picador in June 2017. She won the 2016 Horne Prize for her essay “The Suicide Gene”, and is a widely acclaimed writer and speaker on mental health.
I mean, holy shit, I won! With so much gratitude to the other brilliant shortlistees, the incredible judges, The Saturday Paper, Aesop, my wonderful sister who accepted the award on my behalf, and everyone who’s ever read anything of mine.
I couldn’t be more excited to announce that my essay is one of five shortlisted for The Horne Prize, a “major essay prize” from The Saturday Paper and Aesop.
What a great thrill to have this piece (originally in From the Outer) included alongside writers like Helen Garner, Fiona Wright, Richard Flanagan and Clive James!
I’m so excited to work with Picador’s new publisher, Geordie Williamson, on my second novel The Gulf, out in mid-2017.
16.9.16 Hannah Kent in conversation with Anna Spargo-Ryan
I’m very excited to be speaking with Hannah about her new book, The Good People, in Beaumaris on October 19 at 7:30pm. SOLD OUT.
16.7.16 The Weekend Australian review
Australian fiction: from fractured families to cli-fi
Three new Australian books reviewed (including mine!)
We talked about writing, poetics, mental illness and the combination of all these things.
A really wonderful review from Kylie Maslen at book-plate.
A very generous review of The Paper House from Gretchen Shirm, author of Where the Light Falls.