Agent: Donald Winchester
Jemma Wayne is a novelist and journalist with a special interest in multicultural issues. After graduating from Cambridge University with an academic scholarship for her achievements in Social and Political Sciences, she went on to gain a Distinction in a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Westminster, before working as a reporter for the Jewish Chronicle.
In 2004 she left the JC to pursue her own projects and six months later saw the publication of her first full-length work, BARE NECESSITIES (Piatkus). Her short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including Ether Books, 33 WEST (Limehouse Books) and Kerouac’s Dog Magazine. Her first novel, AFTER BEFORE, was published in 2014 and was longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, CHAINS OF SAND, was released in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Guardian‘s Not the Booker Prize.
As a freelance journalist Jemma contributes to various publications, including the Evening Standard and Independent on Sunday. She also writes a political column for the Jewish News and is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
Jemma has also written for the screen, and more recently the stage. Her first play NEGATIVE SPACE ran at the New End Theatre, Hampstead to critical acclaim. Jemma and her co-writer Rachel Sternberg are currently at work on a second stage drama.