Anna Smaill is a classically trained violinist who left formal musical training to pursue poetry. Born in Auckland in 1979, she holds two MA degrees (Creative Writing and English Literature) as well as a PhD in contemporary American poetry from University College London. Her first book of poetry, The Violinist in Spring, was listed as one of the Best Books of 2006 by The New Zealand Listener. Her debut novel is The Chimes, a story about what might happen if the written word were replaced with music. The novel was longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
Anna Smaill’s appearance is made possible by the New Zealand Book Council.