About Marie Williams


Marie Williams grew up in South Africa and lived in Canada before settling in Australia with her family. Her first book, Green Vanilla Tea, won The Finch Memoir Prize 2013.


An artist with Social Work roots (MSW), Marie worked in health settings, not-for-profit sectors, clinical education and private practice before swapping clipboards for paintbrushes. These days you’ll find her in paint-spattered overalls in her home-based studio in Brisbane. She paints under her full name, Gela-Marie.


Art and writing seem to go together for Gela-Marie, each creative process feeding the other. Feel free to follow her on Instagram to see what she is up to and to enjoy some of her work.


Green Vanilla Tea was published in 2013 (ANZ) and 2014 (North America and Korea).

Photo:  Dean Whitling