About

ANNA HUG

I’ve worked with words for as long as I can remember.

Originally from England, I graduated from Warwick University with a BA in History of Art, mainly because it included an autumn term in Venice studying Frescoes in the mist. My first real job was a storyboard artist, before I stumbled into a career as an advertising copywriter. I spent the next decade working around the world in Johannesburg, Singapore, Hong Kong and London, mainly for the Saatchi group, before settling in Cape Town with my family.

Turning to fiction, I studied developmental editing via distance learning, short courses and workshops, including Editing for Beginners & Professionals at UCT Centre for Extra-Mural Studies. I’ve interviewed authors at Blown Away By Books , been a professional reader for Penguin Random House South Africa and a member of the Professional Editor’s Guild, Western Cape. I currently freelance for NB Publishers as a reader and copy editor. Over the past few years, I’ve helped writers just starting out, as well as established authors, develop and hone their fiction with my editing services.

My own short fiction has been published in various anthologies and literary journals.

Most recently, Caged, was published in the Karavan Stories anthology, ‘Tiger’ (2023, Karavan Press). Fynbos, was selected to be published in the latest Short.Sharp.Stories anthology, Fluid: The Freedom to Be (2023, Tattoo Press). Previously, my fiction has been published in literary journals, including New Contrast, and long listed for Short.Sharp.Stories and the international Mslexia Short Story Prize. I’ve read extracts at Salon Hecate, the Book Lounge and the Schreiner Karoo Writer’s Festival.

I work from Kommetjie, the ‘far south’ of Cape Town, where I live with my family.

At the Cape Town launch of Fluid
Chairing the panel, ‘Medical Mysteries’, at
Blown Away By Books Literary Festival