Her critically acclaimed debut collection of short fiction, Two Steps Forward, won her a Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature and was shortlisted for SPUNC’s inaugural Most Underrated Book Award.
Irma’s third children’s book, Megumi and the Bear, is due out with Walker Books in 2013. She is currently completing her debut novel for which she received an artsACT grant and a LongLines Award from the Eleanor Dark Foundation.
As an editor Irma has worked as convener of editing at the University of Canberra and editor of Muse, Canberra’s former monthly arts magazine, among other things. Irma has edited a wide range of fiction, nonfiction and children’s books, and is the commissioning editor of a number of anthologies, including The Invisible Thread, a century of literature by Canberra writers (Halstead Press 2012), and The Sound of Silence (Mostly for Mothers, 2011). She also managed the creation and development of the ACT Writers Showcase, a comprehensive website of ACT authors which is 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. She is partial to orange pekoe tea, sunshiny days and good books, preferably all at once. Her name is pronounced Ear-ma, and despite experiencing a lifetime of mispronunciations it is only when being incorrectly introduced to an audience as Er-ma that she remembers the need to inform people.
The Sound of Silence is published under our imprint, Mostly for Mothers. For more information visit the Parents page.
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