Also writes as: Belinda Hayes ; Gilly Lockwood ; Mandy McBride ; Melanie Carter
Born: Established: 5 Jun 1960 Waratah Waratah - Shortland area Newcastle Newcastle - Hunter Valley area New South Wales ;
A Sydney based author, Margo Lanagan grew up in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, and in Melbourne, Victoria. She holds a degree in history from the University of Sydney and has worked in a variety of occupations including selling encyclopaedias, writing corporate reports and working in a roadhouse on the Nullarbor Plain. Lanagan has also travelled widely and during the late 1980s lived in Paris while on a writing grant.
Since her return to Australia in 1988 Lanagan has worked as a writer and freelance book editor. She has an established popular appeal and a number of her works have been translated into different languages. Lanagan writes speculative fiction and fiction for children and young adults. Her multi-award winning work is said to combine 'a sure sense of plot, with a deep understanding of children's concerns and feelings'.
Lanagan has presented talks and conducted writing workshops in schools. She attended Clarion West, a six-week residential writing workshop for science-fiction and fantasy writers, in Seattle, USA, in 1999 and has tutored at the Queensland-based Clarion South (q.v.).
Source: Booked Out website http://www.bookedout.com.au/authors/Margot_Lanagan/index.html (Sighted: 15/11/2010)