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Angela Meyer has worked as a bookseller in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, and has studied for a film and literature degree.

Meyer is a Melbourne based, Gen Y writer, reviewer and editor and in 2009 was Acting Editor of Bookseller+Publisher magazine.

During 2009 Angela moderated, appeared on panels, or performed at Adelaide's Format Festival, Melbourne's Emerging Writers' Festival, the Newstead Short Story Tattoo, Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne's Overload Poetry Festival, the Ubud Writers' and Readers' Festival in Bali, and the National Young Writers' Festival in Newcastle


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y separately published work icon Joan Smokes Manchester : Saraband , 2019 19071758 2019 single work novella historical fiction

'She used to be someone else, but now she’s arrived in Vegas, 
where she can start again. It won’t do to let the past leak in. It’s the Sixties now. She’s going to become … Joan.

'She makes a list: Buy a new dress (fitted, floral). Dye her hair (dark). Curl it. Buy red lipstick. Buy cigarettes and a lighter, too: Joan, she decides, is a smoker.

'There’s no need to dwell on why she’s here, what went before. She is just moving forward, one foot in front of the other, becoming that new person. Joan.

'This city of flashing neon, casinos and shows is full of distractions. Finding a job will be quick and easy. Things to do. New people to meet. A clean sheet.

'She’s certainly not thinking about Jack, or … No. Not any more.

'Her new life starts right here, right now.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 inaugural winner Mslexia Women’s Fiction Award : Novella Competition
Micro 2019 single work short story
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , April 2019;
2019 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Short Story
y separately published work icon A Superior Spectre Edgecliff : Ventura Press , 2018 14069731 2018 single work novel science fiction horror historical fiction

'Jeff is dying. Haunted by memories and grappling with the shame of his desires, he runs away to remote Scotland with a piece of experimental tech that allows him to enter the mind of someone in the past. Instructed to only use it three times, Jeff – self-indulgent, isolated and deteriorating – ignores this advice.

'In the late 1860s, Leonora lives a contented life in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by nature, her hands and mind kept busy. Contemplating her future and the social conventions that bind her, a secret romantic friendship with the local laird is interrupted when her father sends her to stay with her aunt in Edinburgh – an intimidating, sooty city; the place where her mother perished.

'But Leonora’s ability to embrace her new life is shadowed by a dark presence that begins to lurk behind her eyes, and strange visions that bear no resemblance to anything she has ever seen or known…

'A Superior Spectre is a highly accomplished debut novel about our capacity for curiosity, and our dangerous entitlement to it, and reminds us the scariest ghosts aren’t those that go bump in the night, but those that are born and create a place for themselves in the human soul.'(Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted Saltire Literary Awards Saltire First Book of the Year Award
2019 shortlisted Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
2019 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction / Poetry Cover
2019 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
2019 shortlisted MUD Literary Prize
2018 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Novel
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