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

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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

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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.

Winner of the 2020 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing: Open Creative Nonfiction Category

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I am over the moon and beyond to have won the 2020 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing in the Open Creative Nonfiction Category. This was incredibly special for me as it means an extract from my memoir manuscript is now published in the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing Anthology 2020 for the first time. You can download the eBook version of the anthology here.

You can also watch the announcement and reading from an excerpt of my work (read by actor Dennis Coard) at the 10min mark here.

Thank you so much to the judges Claire Coleman and Jeff Sparrow. In their judges’ report they say: ‘

‘As all our certainties collapse around us, we need truth, more than ever, but we also require writers with the poet’s ability to turn a phrase and make the familiar feel strange and the strange, recognisable.’

I feel very honoured and grateful to have won this prize.

Memoir through Poetry Workshop, 26 July 2020

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I’m very excited to be running an upcoming online ZOOM poetry workshop through the wonderful Avid Reader. Book your place here.

Join me online on Sunday 26 July from 1pm-4pm, as we explore using our memories as a springboard for writing poetry.

This poetry workshop will include a talk about my experience of writing memoir poetry, a poetry reading from my collection Amnesia Findings, poetry exercises and prompts, and I will leave time to answer all questions poetry.

This workshop will focus on:

– The dark and light of memoir poetry. 
– Memory (and gaps in memory) and how poetry is the perfect form to express these short vignettes.
– Our poetry journeys and how we came to poetry or how poetry found us.
– Storytelling through poetry and snapshots we can use from our lives to inspire poems.
– Reclaiming a sense of agency for our stories through poetry by working through ideas and experiences we want to understand further. 
– Using simple language and vivid imagery in poetry to evoke strong emotional responses.

To book a place, visit the Avid Reader website here. I look forward to seeing you!

2019 Word for Word National Non-fiction Festival

The 2019 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival was directed by the wonderful Rochelle Smith and held at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre from 15-17 November. I was invited to be on a poetry panel (Rhythm and Language) with poet Andy Jackson, and facilitator of the panel David McCooey.

David McCooey, Anna Jacobson and Andy Jackson (photo credit: Sari Jacobson)

I travelled with Mum from Brisbane to Geelong. We saw many stimulating and thought-provoking discussions and events. These included Tyson Yunkaporta’s opening address, which drew on his book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. As a diary keeper, I also loved The Bad Diaries Salon. Another highlight for us was the Bodies of Work panel with Lee Kofman and Andy Jackson, facilitated by Maria Takolander.

Anna at the opening night of the Word for Word Festival (photo credit: Sari Jacobson)

I was so grateful to be part of this fabulous non-fiction festival, especially as my poetry collection Amnesia Findings draws on so many facets of my life. The crowd was warm, asked good questions and I was touched by their kind comments after the panel.

Anna and Andy (Photo credit: Sari Jacobson)
Signing Table (Photo credit: Sari Jacobson)
Festival program