Gemma is a broadcaster, documentary maker, journalist and producer. A former Brit School pupil and fashion stylist, Gemma has presented across the breadth of the BBC and currently hosts The Leisure Society (BBC6 Music) and The Sound Odyssey (BBC Radio 4) .
She has written for, edited, and contributed to The Pool, The Guardian, Red, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Debrief, and Elle. She has won Sony awards for her documentaries on subjects such as domestic abuse, and produced podcasts and theatre productions through her company Boom Shakalaka.
She is the Southbank Artist in Residence and on the WOW panel. In March 2017, Macmillan published her first book, Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed-Up Life Can Be, giving advice and personal insight on subjects ranging from grief, depression, body image, sex and relationships, and everything in between. She wants to start a national movement towards opening up and communicating better with one another and is touring the country in an open-top bus! Open came out in paperback in 2018, in two books, published as Open Your Heart and Open Your Mind. Also in 2018, she wrote Hometown Tales: South Coast for W&N.
She was a judge for the 2017 Wellcome Prize.
Watch the trailer here! http://pages.panmacmillan.com/openthebook/
"A guide to help young people navigate love, friendships, health and other aspects of growing up." - Observer
"A chunky non-fiction splurge of glitter, anecdote and jubilation... a valuable resource, full of reassurance for teenagers that they are not alone, whatever they feel." - Guardian
"Informative, touching & inspiring... laced throughout with a sense of humour and true passion." - Metro