Gillian Leggat is a prolific writer and an experienced teacher. She has published seventy to eighty books in a wide variety of genres, including: Christian picture books, Young Adult fantasy, Young Adult Christian novels, Adult Christian novels, a memoir about bereavement, supplementary readers for the primary school, textbooks and other educational material. She has been published by mainstream educational publishers like Macmillan, Pearson, Maskew Miller Longman and Cambridge University Press. Many of her Readers have been translated into Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa and other African languages. Since 2013, she has been published by the international publishing houses, Austin Macauley, Kingdom, Creative Juices and Lighthouse Christian Publishers. She has published two Smashwords ebooks, both adult novels. She enjoys developing plots, delving into the psyches of her characters, exploring settings and highlighting themes. She is constantly exploring new ideas for stories; for her, writing has been a life-long companion.
During the course of her career, she has taught in a range of educational establishments, including high schools and tertiary institutions. She has designed and run fiction and non-fiction writing courses for the Bergvliet Continuing Education Programme in Cape Town. Currently, she is tutoring English to students studying for the Cambridge Curriculum at the Valley Tutor Centre in Fishhoek where she lives. She loves to walk on the beach, attend cultural events – when not in lockdown – and participating in her local church which fortunately is providing plenty of useful online resources. Gillian has three adult children and two grandchildren.