Gina Wilson was born in Abergele, North Wales in 1943. She was educated at Manchester High School for Girls, Edinburgh University and Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA, before publishing her first novel for young adults, Cora Ravenwing in 1980. This was recently reissued by Faber Finds, an imprint devoted to restoring classic novels. Six more highly-acclaimed teenage novels followed, including All Ends Up, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and The Whisper, Just Us and Riding The Great White.
Gina has also written a collection of poems for children, Jim-jam Pyjamas, as well as five picture books, including Prowlpuss, illustrated by David Parkins, shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award and the Smarties Prize; and Ignis, illustrated by P J Lynch, which was shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards.
Her poetry pamphlet collection (for adults) Scissors, Paper, Stone was published by Happenstance Press in July 2010. Her second poetry pamphlet (also for adults) It Was and It Wasn’t was published by Mariscat Press in 2017 and shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet Award in 2018.
Gina has taught Creative Writing in schools and on residential courses as well as for the Arvon Foundation. She won the Frogmore Poetry Prize, 1997, and the Lace Annual Open Poetry Competition, 1999, and also works as a psychotherapist, with her own practice in Oxford.