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Margo Lanagan Margo Lanagan i(A6766 works by)
Also writes as: Belinda Hayes ; Gilly Lockwood ; Mandy McBride ; Melanie Carter
Born: Established: 1960 Waratah, Waratah - Shortland area, Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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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.).

Her short story 'Singing My Sister Down' has been included in 'best of' anthologies in both Australia and the United States: she is the author of multiple novels, including the Zeroes series with Deborah Biancotti and Scott Westerfeld, and numerous collections of short stories, including the World Fantasy Award-winning Black Juice.

In 2023, her forthcoming young-adult fantasy, Spindle Sisters, was announced for Knopf Children's.

She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award five times, and won major awards including World Fantasy Awards, Aurealis Awards, the Barbara Jefferis Award, and CBCA Awards, as well as shortlistings including the Norma K. Hemming Award and the Shirley Jackson Award.

Sources include Booked Out website (Sighted: 15/11/2010)


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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Stray Bats Northampton : Small Beer Press , 2019 17405539 2019 selected 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.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Best Collection
y separately published work icon Phantom Limbs Harrogate : PS Publishing , 2018 12665063 2018 selected 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.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 finalist World Fantasy Award Best Collection
2018 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Best Collection
y separately published work icon Tintinnabula Melbourne : Little Hare Books , 2017 14327701 2017 single work picture book children's

'In wild times and in wartime,

in times of fear and illness, I go

to Tintinnabula, where soft rains fall.

'Tintinnabula is a story about moving from discomfort to peace, from violence and uncertainty to a still, sure place. It reminds us that our best friend in hard times can often be ourselves.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Best Illustrated Book / Graphic Novel
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