Gail Hennessy has been published widely in newspapers, literary supplements, journals and anthologies. Her poetry has won a number of prizes. In 2010 her collection Witnessing brought many of these published poems together with new poetry. Witnessing followed her Doctoral thesis, Testimonio: Witnessing my Mother’s Life: Race and Identity in Twentieth Century Australia. Her second collection Written on Water was published in 2017 by Flying island Books. This latest collection, The M Word, is a memoir of her experiences of postnatal psychosis, written to speak out against the stigma attached to mental illness, and to give hope for recovery.