Irma Gold is an award-winning writer and editor. She is the author of three picture books, mostly recently Megumi and the Bear, a charming story about friendship and the power of hope with watercolour illustrations by Craig Phillips. Her earlier books, Bugs and Beasts 123 and Bugs and Beasts ABC help children learn how to count and discover the alphabet through the wild, cheeky and delightful bugs and beasts hidden in the National Library of Australia’s collections. With rhyming text and quirky facts these books make learning fun.
Irma also writes for older readers and her critically acclaimed debut collection of short fiction, Two Steps Forward, won her a Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature and was shortlisted for SPN’s inaugural Most Underrated Book Award. Her short stories have also been widely published in anthologies and journals like Meanjin, Island and Going Down Swinging. Irma is currently completing her debut novel for which she received an ACT Government grant and a LongLines Award from the Eleanor Dark Foundation.
Irma is also a freelance editor and is currently Convener of Editing at the University of Canberra. She has edited a wide range of fiction, nonfiction, YA and children’s books, and is the commissioning editor of a number of anthologies, including The Sound of Silence, winner of the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards for Nonfiction, and The Invisible Thread, an official publication of the National Year of Reading 2012 and the Centenary of Canberra 2013. In association with the anthology she developed the ACT Writers Showcase, a comprehensive website of ACT authors and the first site of its kind in Australia.
Irma spent her childhood in England, grew up in Melbourne, and now lives in Canberra with her husband and three children.
Irma is passionate about reading, writing and editing. When she was in Year 11 a career counsellor informed her that the only job she could do with words was to become a journalist. Having now worked in the publishing industry as both a writer and editor for over ten years, she loves to share the endless exciting possibilities available. Irma talks to school groups about the process of bringing a book to publication, writing and inspiration, and her own experiences, in a format that is tailored to different age groups. She inspires students to read and pursue their own creative paths. Although her children’s books are suitable for K–2 students, her experience as an editor and a writer for adults enables her to conduct workshops on different aspects of the writing craft and publishing process for students from K–12.
Irma was insightful and very engaging. She did a great job of making thewriting to publishing process relatable to the children. She got them all excited about the prospect of becoming an author and inspired us to go through each of the steps in the writing process to publish our own books in the classroom! It was a fantastic start to our festival. – Turner Primary
My class, who are a class of 8 boys – 7 who are on the Autism spectrum – were well engaged. All of them were keen to write after Irma visited, which has been a rare event in the past.
– Turner Primary
Irma’s visit to the school was fantastic. She was very flexible in differentiating her talk from Year 5/6 to kindergarten! The staff and students enjoyed her visit and asked some interesting questions about writing and publishing a book. Thanks for the opportunity to have Irma visit our school. – Palmerston Primary
We absolutely loved having Irma come to the school and read to us. The children really enjoyed it and the older children especially had many questions and many suggestions for Irma for her next book. All in all it was a big success. – Narrabundah Early Childhood School