Wilma was born in Holland and migrated to Australia as a child with her family in the fifties. She says she has been writing in earnest now for about ten years, “after the death of my father I began trying to write in earnest – and Varuna, with its beautiful and ever-constant process of encouragement and support, gave me the resolve to continue to grow”. Wilma has won a couple of first prizes for short stories and her manuscript Serge was selected for a Varuna Publishing Fellowship. In addition to writing Wilma has over a lifetime played the piano and is known locally as the ‘Piano Teacher’.
Wilma says of winning the TG Prize. “... and now there is this very, very beautiful; opportunity in Ireland … I have even now not yet come down to earth as regards having been selected for next year’s Tyrone Guthrie Award. I thank Varuna and all its staff for this amazing opportunity – and I hope to do my very best for it. I will spend the time between now and next year on my current manuscript – with a newer and fresher focus".
Wilma is currently working on a memoir Piet – the story of her father’s abduction into Germany in 1944 as forced labor on a German battlefield and the impact this had on his life and family.
All financial Alumni are eligible for the draw with EDF board member, Louise O'Halloran drawing the award at the 2016 EDF AGM on Saturday 28 May.