Jemma Wayne graduated from Cambridge University with an academic scholarship for her achievements in Social and Political Sciences, and went on to obtain her PGDIP in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster before becoming a journalist and writer.
Working first as a reporter at The Jewish Chronicle and later as a columnist for The Jewish News, she is now a regularly featured blogger at The Huffington Post and continues to contribute to various publications including The Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday, National Geographic, Red Magazine and The Jewish Quarterly, among others.
Jemma’s first full-length work, Bare Necessities – a tongue-in-cheek guide to being a grownup – was published by Piatkus 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 shortlisted for the 2015 Waverton Good Read Award, longlisted for the Guardian’s 2014 Not the Booker Prize, and for the 2015 Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize. Her second novel, Chains of Sand, was published by Legend Press in June 2016.
Writing as Jemma Wayne-Kattan, she has also co-authored a children’s book, Gita: The Battle of the Worlds, published by HarperCollins India in May 2018, and in the UK by Harper360.
Jemma lives in North London.