Hello. I’m Anneliese.


​I was born in Germany, but these days I live in Bristol, England, with my husband, Socrates Adams, my son, Apollo, and our cats: Cosmo, Nutmeg, and Goulash. I have also lived in Cornwall, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Washington DC, Berlin, and San Francisco. They are all great places.


Sometimes people worry about how to say my name. It's pronounced Anna-leezer. If you get it wrong, I won’t be offended. I like collecting new names. I also like collecting new tattoos, weird exercise routines, and patterned jumpers.

My favourite things to write about include: grief, sexuality, feminism, mental health, women, depression, ambitions, happiness, life, jokes that start out funny but end up making you cry, cancer, space, wolves, embarrassing illnesses.


Anneliese Mackintosh’s debut novel, So Happy It Hurts, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2017, and was shortlisted for a DIVA Rising Star Award. Her first short story collection, Any Other Mouth, was published by Freight Books in 2014, and it won the Green Carnation Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, Saltire Society's First Book Award, and the Saboteur Award, and longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Anneliese's short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, and published in magazines and anthologies including the Scotsman, Edinburgh Review, and the Best British Short Stories 2013. Anneliese has a PhD in Creative Writing. Her website is at www.anneliesemackintosh.com


Here is a list of awards I have received, if you are interested in that sort of thing.


Aside from my short story collection, Any Other Mouth, and novel, So Happy It Hurts, I've had various stories publishes and pieces broadcast on the radio. A full list of publications can be found here.


Downloadable Images

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