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Ann Quin staff record

Ann Quin was a Sussex novelist who worked for Blind Veterans UK as a short-hand typist

Ann Quin was a novelist who was employed at our Brighton centre as a short-hand typist during 1958.


Ann was born in Brighton in 1936 and after leaving school she trained as a short-hand typist. Before discovering her writing talents, she worked at a solicitors and a publishing house, but also at our own centre in Brighton when she was 22. Six years later, Ann had her first novel, Berg, published. Inpsired by other experimental Sussex based authors such as Virginia Woolf, Berg is a psychological thriller set in Ann's hometown of Brighton and is her most sucessful novel. 


She went on to publish a further three novels - Passages, Three and Tripticks before she sadly died while swimming in the sea off Brighton beach.


In 2013, an exhibition about Ann Quin and Berg was hosted as part of Brighton's CINECITY film festival. Due to this interesting discovery, we too feature Ann Quin in our exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of the Brighton centre in 2013.