Gemma Seltzer


I'm a London-based writer working online, live and in print.






I love creating stories from the stuff of life, and write for online, live and print platforms. I have presented my work in the UK and Europe, on BBC radio, and at festivals including Latitude and the Venice Biennale.

This year, I'm working with older people as part of a writing residency with Age UK Bromley and Greenwich, collaborating with a photographer and a dancer on Performing Small Spaces, and writing my novel about an unconventional family - a ventriloquist, his daughter and the dummy.

I've also been awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to visit Australia and the USA. I'm undertaking research into how writers can work with older people to make original, insightful, brilliant literature projects. 

And I've launched a series of morning workshops called Write & Shine in London. They are designed to fit around busy lifestyles and offer a burst of creativity to start the day.

I developed online literature projects including Speak to Strangers (2009-13), which began life as a daily fiction blog about random interactions with Londoners and was recrafted as a book. The idea took new forms in Manchester, Birmingham, across Devon and culminated at the Tate Modern.

Look up at the Sky (2011) explored quiet and walking in the city. I made a fictional photoblog called 5am London (2012) and co-created the Live Writing Series (2013), events which championed writing as performance.

I have many years experience supporting writers as an arts professional and am an accredited coach with RD1st