Virginia Gilbert is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning writer and director in film, television, radio and fiction. Her screenwriting work has been placed on the BritList and she was named as a 'Star of Tomorrow' by Screen International. Her debut feature film as writer-director, A Long Way From Home, starring Brenda Fricker and James Fox, was released in the UK in 2013. Her short fiction has been published internationally, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTÉ Radio 1, and her debut collection of stories was shortlisted for the Scott Prize 2011. She cowrote the season finale of Silent Witness (2019). Travelling Companion is her first novel.