Hannah Vincent is a novelist and playwright. She studied Drama and English at the University of East Anglia and completed the MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University. She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex. Hannah teaches Creative Writing on the Open University’s MA and life writing on the Autobiography and Life writing programme at New Writing South. She lives in Brighton.
Interviews and Features
"I've always been a clown..." Hannah Vincent Interview
‘I have always been a clown. It can be exhausting at times. As I grow older, I have become more aware of the performance I give out and perhaps I am less compelled to perform myself for others – or at least, if I put on a performance, I am increasingly aware what this is. The stories in this collection describe stages of life when I wasn’t so aware of the performance I was putting on and they project forwards into a future to consider what performances might still be to come.’
Independent publishing in a time of Covid-19 with NB magazine
‘As dedicated readers we’re always searching for the next title but Covid-19 has made this much more difficult. Writers and publishers need our support more than ever. I spoke to a few independent publishers about their new books, where they can be purchased and how the pandemic has affected them. For some small publishers this is a battle for survival.’
The wonderful NB magazine discuss publishing under lockdown, highlighting several independent publishers and their latest releases including Mother: A Memoir by Nicholas Royle, She-Clown and other Stories by Hannah Vincent, and The Wolf of Baghdad by Carol Isaacs.
Short Story Month featuring Elaine Chiew and Hannah Vincent
‘May is Short Story Month! I am so excited to share my favourite short story collections with you all … I couldn’t let this opportunity pass without recommending The Heartsick Diaspora by Elaine Chiew and She-Clown and Other Stories by Hannah Vincent. Both of them were incredibly written and memorable in their own ways. I highly recommend picking these up.’
Exploring the plurality of female experience; an interview with Hannah Vincent
Q: What do you hope readers take away from She-Clown and Other Stories?
A: I hope readers might consider these stories as describing the different stages of one woman’s life as well as exploring the plurality of female experience.
My hope is that readers might be inspired to think about this cultural, historical moment as a moment in which patriarchal ways of organising society, government, business, and home might usefully give way to female methods – it’s about time, yes? It’s our time.
The Mermaid and the Tick, an extract on Minor Literature[s]]
‘A husband and wife lived by the sea. He was a handyman and she was a baker. Every day, after her baking was done, the wife would go down to the beach for a swim. In summer she lay on the shingle to dry off in the sun, and in winter she played chicken with the waves. Her husband joked that she was part mermaid, she loved the sea so much.’
Hannah Vincent talks short stories on Brighton Book Club
Hannah Vincent joined Anna Burtt, host of Brighton Book Club podcast, to discuss short stories. They focus on Hannah’s new short story collection, She-Clown, alongside The Heartsick Diaspora by fellow Myriad author, Elaine Chiew. Listen again HERE.
Hannah Vincent in Big Issue North
‘In She-Clown, her first collection of short stories, Hannah Vincent, award-winning playwright and author of Alarm Girl and The Weaning, presents a group of funny and fierce heroines trying to be themselves while clowning around for others. From the ordinary to the magical, Vincent’s entertaining stories are fresh, thoughtful and surprising.’
Hannah Vincent discusses her latest book with Antonia Charlesworth for Big Issue North – buy your copy from a vendor now.
Myriad's Short Story Literary Salon, featuring Lisa Blower and Hannah Vincent
Our September Myriad Literary Salon focused on the short story and featured Lisa Blower, author of It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s, and Hannah Vincent, author of Alarm Girl and soon-to-be-published short story collection, She-Clown.
New Writing South spoke about their recent LGBTQIA+ festival, The Coast is Queer, and invited emerging author Danny Brunton to read an extract from his memoir. Publicist Emma Dowson also attended, sharing useful insights into promoting your work.
The salon was photographed by Lisa Lee. To see more pictures, head to our Facebook page.
Feature for Novelicious
‘I stopped apologising for writing, declared it as my profession on my passport and in answer to people at parties who asked what I did…’
Read more from Hannah on Novelicious, as she shares the experience of signing her first book deal.
Interview with Female First
‘My experience of writing plays means I am confident writing dialogue – I can hear my characters speaking to one another. I did a lot of acting when I was young and this has been helpful too – I am ‘in role’ when I am writing…’
In this interview with Female First, Hannah talks about her experiences as a playwright, the advice she offers her creative writing students and what is next for her writing career.