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Imagine a world where the wealthy do not have to feel grief... where grief nurses, people who can see and take others' grief, are indentured to aristocratic families. When the Aster family hold a wake for their eldest son on their isolated island, their secrets and fears begin to unravel, while the bodies start to pile up.

The Grief Nurse follows Lynx, a grief nurse indentured to the Asters, as she carves a space for herself in a world that stigmatises grief and grieving. This is a story about coming into your power, feeling your grief, and learning to welcome it in.

About Angie

Angie Spoto is an American fiction writer and poet living in Edinburgh. In 2020, she completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Her doctoral thesis was a fantasy novel, called The Grief Nurse, and a collection of essays on grief, madness and language. The Grief Nurse has been shortlisted for the First Novel Prize 2021 and The Bridge Awards Emerging Writer Award in 2020. Angie is represented by Robbie Guillory at Underline Literary Agency.


Angie's debut gothic fantasy novel The Grief Nurse was published in April 2023.


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The Grief Nurse

Sandstone Press, 2023

Black & White Publishing, 2024

The book Dislcosures: Rewriting the Narrative About HIV.

Disclosures: Rewriting the Narrative About HIV

Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2018

The book Uncovered Voices.

Uncovered Voices

Uncovered Artistry, 2018

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A collection of books by Mary Oliver, Roland Barthes and Audre Lorde.
A woman with brown hair sits at a desk writing.
Books on a bookshelf, including Lewis Carroll and Jane Austen.
A constellation.

Short Stories



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The Survivor Arts Community

Angie helps run the Glasgow-based nonprofit The Survivor Arts Community, which supports the artistic practices of survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse. The Survivor Arts Community runs free creative projects and one-off workshops for survivors, creating a community of survivors while engaging the local public.


Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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