Gemma has several picture book manuscripts currently being polished for submission to publishers, along with a middle-grade novel work-in-progress, and the sprouting of ideas for junior fiction series.

Competition Listings

  • Third Place in CYA Competition Picture Book (Preschool) category (2019)

  • Long-listed in the Greenleaf Buds Writing Competition (2017)

Professional Membership

  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

  • Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA)

  • Writing NSW (formerly NSW Writers' Centre)




Critique Groups

  • Writing NSW: Picture Book Group and Chapter Book Group

  • SCBWI: Picture Book Group

Courses Completed

  • Writing Chapter Books for 6-9 Year Olds

    Australian Writer’s Centre (2019)

  • Writing Picture Books,

    Australian Writer's Centre (2014)


Festivals and Conferences

  • SCBWI Australia East and NZ Conference, Sydney (2019)

  • KidLitVic Conference, Melbourne (2019 & 2018)

  • Writer's Unleashed, Sutherland Shire Writers' Festival in Sydney (2018 & 2017)

  • CYA Conference, Brisbane (2018)

  • Creative Kids Tales Writers' Festival, Sydney (2018)

  • Level Up, SCBWI ACT Annual Conference in Canberra (2017)


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