Biography

IMG_2739In the Paris Review, Kenzaburo Oe recommends authors should spend a third of their time writing, one third reading, and one third living.

In fifteen years of journalism, reporting from over 30 countries in six continents, Emma has done her fair share of living. Her work for Bloomberg, The Associated Press and as a freelancer has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the New Statesman, among others. These experiences. combined with a love of travel and talking to people, will provide a rich trove of material for many novels to come.

Since returning to the UK in 2010, she has focused more on long form writing – and exploring both in fiction and commercial writing some of the topics she enjoyed covering in her media career. In particular she is fascinated by two main forces of change shaping our worlds: cultural mixing, and the digital revolution.

She has always read avidly and counts Ian McEwan, J.M. Coetzee, Dave Eggers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Kamila Shamsie, Hisham Matar, Ann Pratchett, Dina Nayeri, Barbara Kingsolver and Naomi Alderman among her favourite authors.

Her first book, Schizophrenie Francaise (Sego, Sarko, Jacques et moi) was published in France by Jean Claude Gawsewitch Editeur in 2007. It was called “the book all the presidential candidates should read” by Paris Match. Other published books include Creative France and WHAT IF…French Startups Re-Imagining the World – both commissioned books of short stories for promotional agency Business France. She has also co-authored numerous reports for think tanks and academic journals, which you can find out more about on her consultancy website Click Here

She is currently working on a novel, And, Breathe, which explores issues of domination and control as experienced by Truly, whose suffered 20 years of emotional abuse at the hands of her husband, and Pandi, a successful Tamil-American who gets groomed by a man claiming to be his cousin. They meet in Sri Lanka, where Pandi’s group kidnaps Truly’s in an attempt to capture world attention for their cause. Having decided to end a lifetime of domination, how will Truly cope in one of the most dominating situations? It won the National Centre for Writing’s Escalator talent development scheme, attracted Arts Council funding and was shortlisted for the London Book Fair’s The Write Stuff competition. Emma hopes to finish writing this year.

She enjoys public speaking, and appeared on numerous French television and radio shows to promote Schizophrenie Francise, including the popular Ce Soir (ou jamais!) on France 2, L’Espirit Public (France Culture), CNBC, France 24, i-Tele, RTL, BFM and Radio Aligre. Emma has run workshops, moderated sessions or delivered talks for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the European Commission, Tech Hub, Plexal, Edtech Podcast Festival, Paris Pionneieres, Le Comptoir, Bond’Innov and Hitchin library, UCL, Place East London, the Federation of Small Businesses, Triple Helix, the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor conference, La French Tech at Africa.Com, and a France-India summit for Business France.

She has a degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester, a postgraduate diploma from the Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies, and a Masters in Spatial Planning from UCL. She is graduate of the Faber Academy, an associate of Demos, a member of the Society of Authors and the Federation of Small Businesses, and a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).