Vale YA author Gabrielle Williams

Simmone Howell pays tribute to bookseller, black belt and ‘neon-bright’ talent, Gabrielle Williams.

This week, the Australian literary community was devastated to learn of the untimely death of Gabrielle Williams, acclaimed author of books for young adults.

Williams suffered a stroke at Readings bookstore where she worked as manager of the Readings Prizes, grants officer for the Readings Foundation and as a bookseller. She was admitted to the intensive care unit, but the pressure on her heart proved fatal. She died on Saturday 21 January, with her family by her side.

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