How to Knit a Human: Launch / Radio / Review

A knitted handbag on a knitted rug, with Anna's copy of How to Knit a Human

Brisbane Crafternoon Book Launch at Avid Reader

Last Sunday the sun came out for the lovely crafternoon book launch of my memoir How to Knit a Human at Avid Reader. Thank you to Kris Kneen for their amazing launch speech, and to everyone who came along to celebrate with some crochet, beading, and mask-making. Thank you to all my family and friends for making this event so special. If you couldn’t make the launch, an accessible online video that features my short art films, and speeches by my wonderful publisher Harriet McInerney, and PhD supervisor Kári Gíslason, is available here.

Below this post are some photos from the Brisbane event.

Radio Interview

I was honoured to be interviewed for ABC RN’s Life Matters. You can listen to the segment here.


How to Knit a Human received a lovely review in the Guardian recently by Catriona Menzies-Pike. You can read it here.

Brisbane Book Launch Photos

Shortlist: 2023 Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award

orange flowers: tulips, and roses, in a gorgeous bouquet

Thank you to judges Maxine Beneba Clarke, Cassandra Atherton, and Jeanine Leane for shortlisting me in the 2023 Helen Anne Bell bequest. Congratulations to the incredible two other shortlisted poets: Angela Gardner and Holly Friedlander Liddicoat and to the amazing winner Svetlana Sterlin.

I was very grateful and honoured to have been shortlisted for my unpublished collection of poems: All Rage Blaze Light. I have been so lucky and blessed with good fortune to have such beautiful family and friends whose love and support and encouragement have got me through very difficult times. I have been equally lucky with my precious writing mentors.

I have many special people who I consider to be lights and guides in my life, and for this manuscript, there is one writing mentor I would especially like to thank for showing me how to add fire to my poetry and blaze with light. That person is my brilliant writing mentor, Felicity Plunkett, to whom this collection is dedicated to. Felicity gave generous, gentle, kind, and intuitive feedback on my poems, which helped me to shape what it is today. She also took time to have Zoom sessions with me from Sydney to Brisbane and her presence and encouragement radiated through that screen and held me together. Her light gave me courage, and hope. Please make sure you read all of Felicity’s wonderful books and work.

Endorsements for How to Knit a Human

The cover of 'How to Knit a Human': an aqua blue cover with Anna's illustration of a figure knitting. The purple yarn weaves around the navy title and Anna's name is in magenta.

I am so grateful to have received beautiful endorsements for my memoir How to Knit a Human, forthcoming in April 2024, with NewSouth. You can read these endorsements here.

Come and join me by registering for my Brisbane crafternoon book launch on 7 April 2024 here.

An accessible online launch with my video art and readings from How to Knit a Human will be available from early April 2024 on my YouTube channel.

The cover of 'How to Knit a Human': an aqua blue cover with Anna's illustration of a figure knitting. The purple yarn weaves around the navy title and Anna's name is in magenta.

Thank you for supporting my work

Anna and Pascalle in conversation with one another at the book launch for Anxious in a Sweet Store. They are smiling at each other.
Anna sits with Pascalle at a wrought iron table, with Anxious in a Sweet Store propped up on display. They are smiling at each other, a microphone on the table.
Anna Jacobson and Pascalle Burton. Photo by Sari Jacobson.

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.

Book launches for Anxious in a Sweet Store

a colourful graphic titled Book Launch! Anxious in a Sweet Store - Anna Jacobson, with a photo of the cover of the book and brightly coloured circles.
Anna sits on a purple and aqua rug, holding her book Anxious in a Sweet Store. She is wearing a party dress in the colours of the book cover (blue, green, pink, purple, white), with aqua leggings. She wears a liquorice allsorts necklace. The aqua doors and pink walls behind her look like a sweet store.

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. 

Anxious in a Sweet Store

a detail of an ink drawing of brightly multicoloured liquorice allsorts scattered across

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.

A purple cover titled Anxious in a Sweet Store with an ink drawing of brightly multicoloured liquorice allsorts scattered across the cover

Red Room Poetry Fellowship Shortlist 2022

a sunset watercolour wash

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.