Irma Gold is an award-winning author and editor. Her debut collection of short fiction, Two Steps Forward (Affirm Press), was selected from over 450 manuscripts to be published as the final in the Long Story Shorts series of six short fiction collections. Two Steps Forward was critically acclaimed and was shortlisted for or won a number of awards.
Her short fiction has also been widely published in journals, including Meanjin, Island, Westerly, Review of Australian Fiction and Going Down Swinging, and in anthologies, including the tenth anniversary edition of Award Winning Australian Stories and Australian Love Stories, edited by Cate Kennedy.
Irma’s debut novel won the NSW Writers Centre Varuna Fellowship and was awarded development grants by artsACT and CAPO. It will be published by MidnightSun in 2021.
Irma is also the author of three picture books for children, most recently Megumi and the Bear (Walker Books), with two more forthcoming, Seree’s Story (Walker Books) and Where the Heart Is (EK Books). Irma is passionate about childhood literacy and is Ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge.
As an editor Irma has worked both in-house and freelance. She currently works freelance for publishers and individual authors, and until recently was Convener of Editing at the University of Canberra for a decade. Irma 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 which anthologises a century of literature by writers who have called Canberra home, and includes writers like Alex Miller, Marion Halligan, Roger McDonald, Kate Grenville, Omar Musa, Judith Wright and Les Murray.
In 2014, Irma received a special one-off award for Outstanding Service to Writing and Publishing in the ACT and Region.
Irma’s mum taught her to read before she started school and she has been obsessed with books ever since. Her favourite memories are of snuggling up to her mum, dad or grandma (pictured) and listening to wonderful stories.
Irma spent her childhood living in a beautiful old Tudor house in south-east England just down the road from Roald Dahl, grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne with five younger brothers, and in her early twenties returned to live in England where she spent all her pennies travelling Europe and Africa. She now lives in Canberra in a house looking to the hills with her three book-mad children and a little black cat.
Irma is just a bit keen on travel, elephants, beaches, good coffee, orange pekoe tea, jumping castles and sunshiny days. She is not at all keen on extreme heights, spiders and zoos. She is Ambassador for Thailand’s Save Elephant Foundation and has worked on projects with rescued elephants in Chiang Mai, Surin and Kanchanaburi. Her name is pronounced Ear-ma. Find out more random things about Irma through KBR’s 12 curly questions.