Anna Kavan (1901-1968) was a British writer and artist. She began publishing novels under her married name Helen Ferguson in 1929, and in 1940 began publishing under the name Anna Kavan (one of her own fictional characters). Her writing was often innovative and experimental, influenced by her severe depression and long-term heroin addiction. Other significant writers including Brian Aldiss, J.G.Ballard, Doris Lessing, Anaïs Nin and Jean Rhys have admired Anna Kavan's distinctive style, and she continues to inspire readers, writers and artists today.
New Anthology of Short Writings
An anthology of Anna Kavan's short writings Machines in the Head has just been published by Peter Owen. It brings together stories from across Kavan's writing career, (including one previously unpublished) along with her journalism for Horizon. Images of some of her previously unseen paintings are also included. Available in hardback from Peter Owen or Amazon.