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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)
yStray BatsNorthampton:Small Beer Press,2019174055392019selected work short story
'Dachshund droids, sinister crones, shapeshifting children, a plethora of witches, dragonstalkers, familiars, slithering eels and, of course, bats, flit and fly through these pages, aided and abetted by Kathleen Jennings’s inspired pencil drawings. Stray Bats is a madcap miscellany consisting of fifty vignettes based on poems by Australian women. Lanagan delights in playing with language, rhyme, and rhythm.
'This could be the perfect gift for that slightly otherworldly person in your life—or for yourself, when you need a moment of magic, a dip into darkness, a spark of light.
'For the reader who would like to explore further, there are a list of poems that inspired the author and notes on where those poems might be found.'
yPhantom LimbsHarrogate:PS Publishing,2018126650632018selected work short story fantasy horror
'Ghosts, deformed fairy tales, animal transformations, dystopic futures and twisted histories-these are the stuff of a Lanagan story.
'An adolescent Hansel is enslaved by wicked tramp Grinnan during the Black Plague; a middle aged woman in country Australia has a last chance to save her swan-winged brother; Hans Christian Andersen's tinderbox shows up as a battered Bic cigarette lighter in a world of blasted cities and morals; gangs of sheela-na-gigs ride the city train system, unnerving the populace with their strange singing.
'Phantom Limbs collects fourteen stories published in anthologies, magazines and small collections throughout the past decade, and adds one brand new story, 'The Tin Wife', to deliver an extended tour of the country of the weird.'