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 2021 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
My most recent theatre 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.
Here Comes the Miracle
Debut novel coming January, 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.