Journalist, and Author of Chains of Sand (June 2016), and Baileys Longlisted After Before
Jemma Wayne is a novelist, playwright and journalist.
Having graduated from Cambridge University with an academic scholarship for her achievements in Social and Political Sciences, she went on to obtain her PGDIP in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster.
Working first as a reporter at The Jewish Chronicle and later as a columnist for The Jewish News, she now contributes to various publications including The National Geographic, Mslexia, The Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday, The Huffington Post, Standard Issue, Red Magazine, The Arab Weekly, and The Jewish Quarterly, amongst others.
Jemma’s first full-length work, Bare Necessities – a tongue-in-cheek guide to being a grownup – was published by Piatkus Books in 2004. Her play, Negative Space, ran at The New End Theatre, Hampstead, in 2009 to critical acclaim. And her short stories have appeared in a variety of publications.
Jemma’s first novel, After Before, was published by Legend Press in 2014. It was short-listed for the 2015 Waverton Good Read Award, long-listed for the Guardian’s 2014 Not the Booker Prize, and for the 2015 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize. Her second novel, Chains of Sand, was published in June 2016, and shortlisted for the Guardian's 2016 Not the Booker Prize.