Anna is a novelist, essayist, poet, editor, reviewer and also a secondary English teacher, tutor, mentor to young people, mental health campaigner and mother of three sons. She runs the Fabian Bursary, offering one to one teaching for disadvantaged young people interested in the arts. Anna has written a third novel; her fourth book is non-fiction and she is already working on her fifth book, a novel, and a collection of short stories. Anna is also writing features and reviews for various publications alongside compiling a new anthology for Patrician Press.

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Killing Hapless Ally

This is a black comedy in which Alison conceived in childhood an alter ego called ‘Hapless Ally’ to present a different, more palatable version of herself to her family and to the world beyond. Ominously, the alter ego began to develop autonomy. Alison deals with this helped by a varied catalogue of imaginary friends. The book is about serious matters: fear, confusion, dark days of depression and breakdowns.

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The Life of Almost

This is a dark comedy set in Wales and a spectral reworking of Dickens’s Great Expectations. Almost is a boy, brought up by his sister, Perfection. He is shrouded by bereavement and surrounded by the hauntings of his family’s undead. He plays in the sea caves, visits graves, amongst mermaids, longing mermen, morticians, houses that respire and a poltergeist moss that grabs your foot.

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