Hello, I'm Anna.

 

I am a writer, theatre - maker and educator.

My first novel, Here Comes the Miracle, will be published in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on February 18th, 2021.

This December, my theatre company Akin are premiering our new online show for children under 5, We Cover the Universe, presented and co-comissioned by The Barbican, London.  

Our previous show, Nest, has toured widely since 2017 with over 100 UK performances. Nest was recently presented at Lincoln Center in New York and London's Southbank Centre. 

I teach fiction and non-fiction writing classes and workshops and theatre workshops. I run large-scale creative projects with communities. I also coach other writers in how to perform their own texts.

My work is about love. 

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Here Comes the Miracle

Debut novel coming February, 2021! (UK)

It begins with a miracle: a baby born too small and too early, but defiantly alive. This is Joe. 

Decades before, another miracle. In a patch of nettle-infested wilderness, a seventeen year old boy falls in love with his best friend, Jack. This is Edward.

Joe gains a sister, Emily. From the outset, her life is framed by his. She watches him grow into a young man who plays the violin magnificently and longs for a boyfriend. A young man who is ready to begin. 

Edward, after being separated from Jack, builds a life with Eleanor. They start a family and he finds himself a grandfather to Joe and Emily. 

When Joe is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Emily and the rest of the family are left waiting for a miracle. A miracle that won't come.

Here Comes the Miracle is a story about love and loss; and about the beautiful and violent randomness of life.

Available to pre-order now from Waterstones and Amazon UK.