Gemma Seltzer

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

I make all kinds of literary projects and have enjoyed performance & writing commissions from BBC Radio 3, the Guardian Virtual Reality Studio, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern & the Venice Biennale. My fiction has been longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Award & shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.

Developing creative projects that engage others is a central aspect of my practice. I run Write & Shine early morning writing workshops in peaceful London locations & online. And I work with older adults to create poetry & spoken word activities. In 2016, I was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship for Writers Meet Elders, which enabled me to travel around Australia, the USA & the UK to research dynamic creative ageing & creative writing projects.

My digital & collaborative literature work includes Speak to Strangers (2009-13), flash fiction about conversations with Londoners, published online & then by the brilliant Penned in the Margins. In Look up at the Sky(2011), I discovered London's most peaceful places. I also made fictional photoblog 5am London (2012) and co-created Live Writing Series (2013) events that championed writing as performance. Most recently, I worked with a dancer & a photographer to develop The Hand Museum exploring text, the body & movement.

I have many years experience supporting a diverse range of independent artists through different roles. Previously in the literature team at Arts Council England and now as UK lead for Kickstarter, focusing on arts and culture. I'm also an accredited facilitator, coach & mentor.