I’m Emma. I live in Manchester, was born and raised in Manchester, work in Manchester, and have a deep seated desire to one day be allowed to leave Manchester.
I write and I perform and I direct and I sing, and sometimes I do all of these things in the same place. My solo work goes from live solo performance to longform prose, and explores notions of body image, queerness, and self-confidence. I’m a fat queer feminist with mild social anxiety and frequent feats of whimsy.
My solo show Fat Girl Singing , about fatness, self-confidence, and music, was awarded the Works Ahead commission 2018 by Word of Warning, and will be touring in 2019.
My next project Keep the Lights On (working title) looks at the world of kink, transgressive queerness, and the fetishisation of identity. Also Wham! and gimpsuits.
Working on a collection of sci-fi/fairytale/magical realism short stories centered around queer women and female power.
Shortlisted for Penguin Random House’ WriteNowLive 2016/17 with my novel-in-progress, The Matinee Dog, about gender and sexuality in Industrial Revolution Manchester.
I make theatre with Powder Keg, a (you guessed it) Manchester based political theatre company. We’ve done a national tour, done the Fringe, got a couple of commissions, won a big-ass award. We’re generally pretty cool and are also massive dorks.
That’s about it.
Do get in touch. It’s lonely trapped inside this website.