Irma Gold’s debut novel is The Rules of Rescue. The story centres on the magnetic and tangled relationship between two Australian young women involving questions of personal identity and sexuality. It is set in Thailand in the context of the use of elephants in the tourism industry. The writing vividly elicits the authentic sounds, smells, colours, foods, you name it, of the streets, jungle and river settings of Thailand; and is passionate, and gutsy in terms of the portrayal of the two women – one explicitly and determinedly gay, the other still finding herself. The Rules of Rescue won a manuscript award, the 2016 NSW Writers Centre Varuna Fellowship Award, and received two grants from artsACT and CAPO to undertake research trips to Thailand and develop the work.
Irma’s short fiction collection, Two Steps Forward was published with Affirm Press and her short fiction has been widely published in Australia’s literary journals. She is also the author of three picture books, with a fourth in press with Walker Books. She is an editor at Melbourne publisher Inkerman & Blunt, Convener of Editing at the University of Canberra, Ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge, and Ambassador for the Save Elephant Foundation.