Anna Jacobson: How to Knit a Human – A memoir

Anna Jacobson How To Knit A HumanI want to know what it was like to have crossed into the realm of madness. After all, I did it. I went mad. Why can’t I have the secret knowledge that comes with it?

How do you write a memoir when your memories have been taken? She awakens in hospital, greeted by nurses and patients she doesn’t recognise, but who address her with familiarity. She decides to untangle the clues.

How to Knit a Human is Anna’s quest to find her self and her memory after experiencing psychosis and Electroconvulsive therapy in 2011, at the age of twenty-three.

As the memory barriers begin to crumble, Anna weaves her experiences around the gaps of memories that are still not accessible. Anna writes and creates art on her own terms. This book is a reclamation of story and self.

Anna Jacobson is an award-winning writer and artist from Meanjin (Brisbane). Her poetry collection Amnesia Findings (UQP) won the 2018 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize.

Anna’s second illustrated poetry collection, Anxious in a Sweet Store was published with Upswell in 2023. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Writing from the Queensland University of Technology.

Anna won the 2020 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing and the 2018 Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award.

Her poetry chapbook The Last Postman (Vagabond Press, 2018) was published as part of the deciBel 3 series. She was a finalist in the Brisbane Portrait Prize, Blake Art Prize, Olive Cotton Award, and Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing.

How to Knit a Human – A Memoir is published by New South Books and is available from all leading book retailers including QBD Books.

Image: How to Knit a Human – A Memoir – courtesy of New South Books