I was born in Austria and now live in Edinburgh. I hold a BA in English and American studies from the University of Graz, an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, and I am pursuing a PhD researching gender equality in contemporary Scottish writing and publishing at the University of Stirling in partnership with University of Glasgow and Scottish Book Trust. Find out more about my research here.
DEBUT NOVELLA: AMPHIBIAN
My debut novella Amphibian, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Novella Award, is out on 26 August with Glasgow-based indy Speculative Books. Pre-orders are now open! Amphibian is about an office that is slowly being filled with water following a management directive. The launch party will be vaguely all-staff-meeting themed – there will be coffee and probably post-it notes and swivel chairs but no group brainstorming sessions or bonding exercises! 26 August, 5.30pm, Lighthouse Bookshop, Edinburgh – more information can be found here! Read a review of Amphibian here on Book Odyssey.
“Amphibian is a strange aquatic joy, sodden with the mischief-making of contemporary satire. Through gleeful transformation of reality into the surreal, where rising water levels and bobbing molluscs have competition from coworkers for oddest office feature, Neuwirth establishes herself as a writer with a talent for spearing the absurdity of everyday life. Eat it up in shark-size bites.”
“It often takes a fantasy to accurately describe reality, and this screwy little fable cuts sharply into contemporary life. With wit and heart, Amphibian reveals the messiness, absurdity and terror beneath the apparent banalities of the workplace as only a good story can, with characters as real as their situation is impossible.”
– Harry Josephine Giles
“Amphibian is a wryly poignant parable, surreal and tender, with a wit drier than…well, you’ll see. Sweetly realised details give teasing life to a story of daily routine, self-doubt, small rebellions, and sometimes just missing the bigger picture.”
– Rachel McCrum
Non-fiction: No Filter
I was delighted to contribute an essay on bisexuality, being greedy, and millennials to the Unbound anthology No Filter (forthcoming – crowdfunding now), edited by Hilary Bell. You can read an extract from my essay here.
Non-fiction: Nasty Women
— Literary Dundee (@literarydundee) October 24, 2017
I am proud to have an essay included in 404 Ink’s Nasty Women (2017). My essay is on grief, food and family, and grapples with the things we inherit from each other and the imperative to procreate. It’s called “Hard Dumplings for Visitors.” (In the above picture, I’m the second person from the left.)