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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)
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'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.'
'Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories brings together ten celebrated short stories, along with three new ones, from the extraordinarily talented author of Tender Morsels and Sea Hearts.
'A bride accepts her devastating punishment. A piece of the moon is buried. A ferryman falls into the Styx. Wee Willie Winkie brings a waking nightmare. A new father dresses a fallen warrior princess. A sniper picks off clowns one by one. Margo Lanagan’s stories will stay with you, haunting you with their quiet beauty and fine balance. ' (Publication summary)