Joan Katherine Webster is an award-winning freelance journalist, a newspaper columnist, poet, broadcaster, stage and television drama and satirical comedy writer, and an historian. Her first book was a children's novel, Gate Crashed, published in 1976 under the name Joan Seppings. She has also been widely published under the byline Joan Seppings Webster. In 1988, in recognition of her work on bushfires, Joan Webster was appointed consultant to the Victorian Ministry of Education to advise on bushfire safety in schools and community refuges. In 1990 she received the Australian Fire Protection Association's Community Service Award.