Jemma Wayne
Jemma Wayne is a novelist and journalist with a special interest in multi-cultural issues. After graduating from Cambridge University in 2002 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, published by Piatkus Books. 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, will be published in 2014 by Legend Press.

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.

Jemma has also written for the screen, and more recently the stage. Her first play NEGATIVE SPACE ran at the New End Theatre, Hampstead in September 2009 to critical acclaim. Jemma and her co-writer Rachel Sternberg are currently at work on a second stage drama.

Entries by Jemma Wayne

Why Our Virtual Failure to Protect Is Real Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted 29 September 2015 | (09:36)

If David Cameron really did get jiggy with the head of a pig, it is fortunate for him that back then there wasn't Facebook. Probably, it is fortunate for most of us that the errors of our youths were not immortalised in the indelible ink of the ether. But of...

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Better a Christmas Tree Than a St George's Cross

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (13:20)

Let's not pretend that the twinkling fairy lights don't look lovely. With a gust of festive spirit (and varying amounts of taste), dull high streets have this week been elevated to a sparkling beacon of good cheer. My three-year-old is ecstatic. And so am I. We have taken to spotting...

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It May Be Halloween, But It's No Time For Witch-Hunts

(1) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (20:56)

Sometime around 1952 my grandparents bought a 1939 Nash. They named it Efsher - a Yiddish word meaning 'maybe'. In the case of the Nash, maybe it would go today, maybe it wouldn't. My grandfather Jerry Wayne, a US actor and singer who a couple of years earlier had outsold...

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A Pause, But We Are All Extremists Now

(11) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (22:20)

In Gaza, there is the lull of extended ceasefire. Before either the violence ramps up again, or this conflict like so many others slips from our collective consciousness, perhaps it is a good time for us in the UK also to take a deep, reflective breath. Because the problem with...

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On Being Called A Nazi

(10) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (13:05)

It was a revelation this month to discover that calling for tougher curbs on smoking, made me a Nazi. Strike that, it was a surprise when my (admittedly provocative) Huffington Post article received a slew of 'she's a Nazi' comments, when my twitter account was inundated with trolls, when I...

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Why Smokers Must Be Shamed

(40) Comments | Posted 5 March 2014 | (23:00)

There's been a lot of whinging and whining the past week. Ever since it was announced that new, harsher, EU legislation on smoking is to be introduced, the pro-smoking lobby has erupted with its usual accusations of nanny state mentality. It's played the 'freedom' card, and insisted that moves such...

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Justice Must Not Be Dulled By Wrinkles

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (20:39)

In the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, there is something about the public parade of geriatric sex offenders that mollifies our outrage. Perhaps it is because they seem, now, so frail, so benign. It is hard to believe that they are or ever were in fact predators, criminals of...

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Us and Them: Why Ed Prefers Ignorance to Information

(0) Comments | Posted 26 September 2013 | (21:13)

Reducing the voting age to 16 may have seemed like one of the more throw-away policies in Ed Miliband's 'We're better than this' conference speech. But it encapsulated the simplistic appeal to base prejudices that characterised his sermon. And being 'better' was perhaps a mantra he should have first recited...

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Time to Stop Laughing at Farage's Bad Jokes

(70) Comments | Posted 23 May 2013 | (00:00)

A frenzied faction of Tory activists would this week have us believe that the Conservative party is falling apart. That David Cameron's support of gay marriage, and proposal to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU is the last straw for right-thinking people of Britain, leaving us no other choice...

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Mother Judgement: How Women Are Undermining Modern Feminism

(8) Comments | Posted 5 April 2013 | (00:00)

The National Union of Teachers is this week warning that sexism is being rebranded and young people damaged by an over-sexualised culture. This is far from news. Highly sexualised images blast every day out of shop windows, from billboards, on buses. You can be the most diligent censor of your...

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Why Child Benefit Encapsulates Britain's Class War

(37) Comments | Posted 9 January 2013 | (23:00)

David Cameron must sometimes think that he just can't win. There he is introducing a fail-safe crowd-pleaser policy - cutting child benefit for the wealthiest families - and it backfires. Undoubtedly the opt-out, tax-claw-back, missing letter fiasco is a dismal mess. But implementation chaos aside, everybody hates it. The poor...

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In Anticipation of Anti-Semitism

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2012 | (20:44)

During the 2006 Israeli war with Lebanon, a disconcerting sensation slunk into Britain's Jewish community. For the first time, at least for younger generations, it felt uncomfortable to be Jewish. The media's constant conflation of 'Israel' with 'Jewish' ('The Jewish State' usually intoned with a slight, evil sneer), along with...

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BBC Debacle a Distraction From Quiet Muzzling of Free Speech

(2) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (15:10)

It is oh so easy to be lulled. As both the BBC's Newsnight and ITV's This Morning come under investigation by Ofcom for their handling of child sex abuse allegations, we watch giants pay (rightly) for serious mistakes. The shambles of media excesses over the past years - phone hacking...

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Why a Posho can Represent a Pleb

(20) Comments | Posted 25 October 2012 | (00:00)

To pleb or not to pleb? Apparently, this is the question. Are you one of them, or one of us? Are you a 'posho' or a 'real person'?

The Andrew Mitchell pleb row of the past weeks is just the latest example of the class war being cultivated in...

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