Jemma Neville

Jemma Neville is a writer with a background in human rights law.  She is Director of national arts charity Creative Lives and a regular contributor to The Times newspaper and BBC Radio Scotland. She was the inaugural Community Fellow at The Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh, and is a Trustee with the Dewar Arts Awards.

Jemma was commended in the Anne Brown Essay Prize for her essay Away with the Birds and has been shortlisted for The Guardian International Development Journalism Award. She has contributed chapters to anthologies including Imagine a Country and Scotland the Brave.

She is available for chairing and reviewing.
Jemma’s Twitter: @jemma_tweets

Jemma Neville is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

Books by Jemma

Constitution Street

404 Ink, September 2019

Constitution Street considers what real-life stories from neighbours of one street in Leith reveal about today’s constitutional crisis in an age of anxiety. Part memoir, part social history, part exploration of a new constitution for the day we live in, Neville’s debut encourages a reclamation of human rights practice as something that belongs to each of us, too important to be left to politicians and lawyers.

Jemma gets to know the people and stories that have lived on her street for decades, showcasing real life accounts of perseverance, courage and vulnerability, and that extraordinary stories are behind each door.  Constitution Street takes a view on the global issue of human rights through the lens of one street and its inhabitants.

Praise for Jemma Neville

‘Both personal and political, insightful but never judgemental and, above all, compassionate. An essential read for anyone who wants to move forward, with hope.’ -Helen Sedgwick