Ania Bas is an artist and writer


'This enigmatic and idiosyncratic gem is eccentric, quirky and utterly original. (...) A debut novelist, Bas shows astonishing intuition, perception, and assurance. Her writing, often necessarily harsh and acerbic, is consistently both deeply moving and exceptionally funny. This is pitch black comedy of the highest quality.' Irish Examiner, 2022 

Ania's debut novel Odd Hours, published by Welbeck, is is now available in paperback in all good bookshop or alternatively from 

A short story in Polish Miło jest, gdy wszyscy są grzeczni  published in the May 2023 edition of Pismo Magazine.


Irish Examiner: 'Books of 2022: Classic characters at the heart of the year’s best books' by Kevin O'Sullivan

Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland): "Żaden Brytyjczyk nie jest w stanie pisać tak jak ja". Polska autorka podbija Wyspy by Wojciech Szot

Forthcoming Events:

Nocna Zmiana, Big Book Festival, 23 June, 12noon, Warsaw, Poland

Past Events in 2023:

An Evening with Naoise Dolan in Conversation with Ania Bas, 23 May, 6pm, Birmingham Waterstones

Developing an Original Character: a Creative Writing Workshop with Ania Bas, 31 May, 7-8.30pm at Night Owl Bookshop, East Linton, Scotland - SOLD OUT 

Book Signing, 17 June, 12-2pm, Stratford Upon Avon Waterstones 

Ania Bas & Kate Sawyer in Conversation, 23 September, 4.30-5.30pm at The Heath Bookshop, Birmingham 

Northfield Story Festival, 21 October, Free


Through her practice Ania explores how narratives shape understanding, mythology and knowledge of places and people. Her work takes diverse forms of text, events, walks, performances, useful objects and publications. She creates situations that support dialogue and question existing frameworks of participation. She investigates ways of working, making and thinking together.  

'Cost of Living', a visual short story was on show at The Herbert, Coventry as part of Coventry Biennial 2023.

Her work has been commissioned by the Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, Art on the Underground, Yorkshire Artspace. Ania is a co-founder of The Walking Reading Group (2013 - ongoing). She is Open School East Alumna (2013- 2014) and Faber Academy Alumna (2018).


Ania, as a writer, is represented by Ben Dunn at DunnFogg.

Contact Ania on: aniabas{dot}gmail{dot}com


Current works:

How to be a woman?,
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, 2024
Odd Hours, novel, published by Welbeck (2022)

Selection of past works:

Cost of Living, Coventry Biennial, Coventry 2023-2024
Public Art Consultant, Bridget Sawyers Ltd (2022-2023)
Artist Organiser for Smithfield, Eastside Projects, (2021-2022)
Working with text in expanded ways, DYCP funded by Arts Council England (2021-2022)
Unsolicited Advice, text based artwork, commissioned by Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival (2021)
Footnotes, Outdoor Activities, text based artwork, commissioned by Coventry Biennial (2020)
Reasons, 2 digital posters, design by Rose Nordin. Commissioned and supported by Heart of Glass and New Art West Midlands (2020)
The Walking Reading Group on Care, (2017 - ongoing)
Gen Z, a lifestyle magazine co-created with young people from Gravesend, commissioned by Cement Fields (2018 - 2020)
Art UK Home School, on-line learning resource (2020)
A New Career In A New Town
is a creative writing manual, a diary and a selection of experimental texts that respond to the context of a new town being built on the banks of the Thames in North Kent, developed through DIY with Live Art Development Agency and Whitstable Biennale (Kent, 2019)
Three Walks, performative walks on the isle of Portland, commissioned by b-side festival (Portland, 2018)
An Edible Portion of Truth, an audio work composed of six chapters of lively narratives exploring childhood, sexuality, the hardships of adulthood and troubles of getting old. Commissioned by Cubitt as part of their Going Places programme funded through Arts Council England’s Celebrating Age. (London, 2018)