Jay has spent her career working with people who too often don't have a voice. Her hope is that, now being an award-winning published author, she can help others to bring their stories into the world and, in doing so, change hearts, minds and lives.
Jay started freelance writing when her husband's job took them to Warsaw, Poland - an experience that became her first book, Vodka and Apple Juice (Fremantle Press, 2018). This saw the light of day after the manuscript won the TAG Hungerford award. She was also included in the anthology, Women of a Certain Rage (Fremantle Press, 2021).
Her work has appeared in a number of European and Australian magazines (mainly features and travel writing). She has been interviewed for radio and appeared as a panelist and presenter at writers festivals and events in Australia and Canada.
With a background in social policy analysis and development, her goal is to combine her professional experience with writing to help people who too often don't have a voice to tell their stories.
Vodka and Apple Juice was awarded the TAG Hungerford award and was published by Fremantle Press in 2018.
I hold a Master of Public Policy from ANU and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Murdoch Uni.
Author talks: Cockburn Library, Dymocks Literary Events Club
Interviews: 6PR; ABC Radio (Australia); CBC Radio (Canada); Fremantle Radio, the Book Podcast
When Worlds Collide (Calgary, Canada) - Panelist/Presenter
LitFest Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) - Panelist/Presenter
Vodka and Apple Juice
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Publ. date: 2018
Genre: Creative non-fiction