Thank you to the beautiful Pascalle Burton for helping me launch Anxious in a Sweet Store at Avid Reader on Sunday 29 October 2023. Thank you to everyone who came to Avid Reader, to my special mentor and editor Felicity Plunkett and my wonderful publisher Terri-ann White at Upswell Publishing. Thank you to my family and friends. If you missed the Brisbane launch, an online launch is accessible on YouTube and on my website in the events section.
You are welcome to attend the book launches below for Anxious in a Sweet Store. Below are two different dates, one in-person and one online.
Join Anna Jacobson, MC Spencer Barberis, and guest speaker Felicity Plunkett, for the free online launch of Anna’s book Anxious in a Sweet Store online on Saturday 23 September 2023 at 6.30pm AEST. YouTube link will be posted on the events page of Anna’s website. To pre-order a copy of Anna’s book, visit Upswell.
Join Anna Jacobson and MC Pascalle Burton for the in-person Brisbane launch of Anna’s book Anxious in a Sweet Store at Avid Reader – rescheduled date 2.30pm for 3pm on Sunday 29 October. Book your paid ticket here.
I am so grateful to have received beautiful endorsements for my second poetry collection Anxious in a Sweet Store, forthcoming in September 2023, with Upswell. You can read these endorsements (and also a pre-review) here.
I am grateful to have been awarded the 2023 Fryer Library Fellowship, where I will research the Rudolf Pekarek Papers held in the UQ Fryer Library Collection. I was first introduced to this collection while working as a Collections Assistant for Lauren Chalk, the Curator and Head of Collections of the Queensland Holocaust Museum and Education Centre. This beautiful collection of scrapbooks, ephemera, and programs from Rudolf Pekarek, a conductor and musician from Czechoslovakia, will form the basis of my research. Rudolf Pekarek was a Holocaust survivor who made Queensland his home with his wife Terry Pekarek. He founded the Film, Opera, Koncert (FOK) Symphony Orchestra in Prague, was the conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra from 1949 and conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra from 1954 – 1967. More details about my project and the fellowship can be found here.
Thank you to poet and academic Dr Jane Frank for interviewing me and writing a paper about my dream-inspired poetry and video art. ‘When dreams turn archaeological: the poetic dreamscapes of Anna Jacobson’ is freely available to view in Text.
I’m excited to announce that Anxious in a Sweet Store, my second illustrated poetry collection, will be published in September 2023, with thanks to Upswell.
Thank you to the incredible Felicity Plunkett for mentoring me on this project. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body through the Resilience Create Fund. This project has also been assisted by a Queensland Writers Fellowship. The Queensland Writers Fellowships are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and State Library of Queensland.
To view more details, visit Upswell here.
I’m excited to be a finalist again in the Brisbane Portrait Prize for my self-portrait ‘Layers and Light’. Take a look at the online gallery and vote for your favourite in the people’s choice!
The finalists exhibition will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 29 September to 30 October 2022. You can book your free ticket here.
I feel very lucky to be selected as part of Playlab Theatre’s 2022 Incubator program, where I will participate in workshops with five other wonderful playwrights (Amy Chien-Yu Wang, Felicity Morton, Kurt Duval, Michael Sams, and Tammy Weller). I am excited to receive feedback and support in drafting my own play over the coming year, with the help of program facilitator, actor, and playwright, Kathryn Marquet. You can read more about the program here.
I feel honoured to be shortlisted for the Red Room Poetry Fellowship 2022, among so many poets I admire. Congratulations to: Shastra Deo, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Jessica Wilkinson, Jill Jones, Rozanna Lilley, Bonny Cassidy, Anne Casey, Heather Taylor Johnson and Audrey Molloy. Further details are over at Red Room Poetry here. My sincere thanks to the judges: Charmaine Papertalk Green, Andy Jackson and Rachael Mead.
I feel honoured to win the Australia Asia Film Group Prize in the Out from the Mist Short Movie category.
My work Setting Free Anxiety Like a Fistful of Birds can be viewed below and will be screened on AusAsia TV online.
The Out from the Mist (Representations of Mental Health) exhibition at Superordinary in Brisbane will be open from 11-15 October from 10 am to 2 pm each day during Mental Health Week 2021.