Testimonials

“Gripping, moving and addictive – Baby Girl packs an emotional punch.”
LISA WILLIAMSON, YA AUTHOR & GUEST JUDGE NORTHERN WRITERS’ AWARDS

“What an amazing event and what a fantastic speaker!”
EXCELSIOR ACADEMY, NEWCASTLE

“You were a tour de force!”
RUTH DEWHIRST, SENIOR MANAGER, NEW WRITING NORTH

“Really engaging and enjoyable, feeling very inspired to develop my writing!”
TALK AND WORKSHOP ATTENDEE

“I’ve been impressed how Emma takes her technical skills and knowledge and uses them to investigate the possibilities of storytelling to such a high quality. You can feel the novelist at work in After Words but also the imaginative push to explore how stories work and how readers can get more from an interactive landscape. It’s really accessible too, which I think makes sense in terms of the future and age of the potential future readers – I think Emma understands young people and what might motivate them to be part of the story.
Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive, New Writing North

“I thought it was cool”
“It was cool I guess”
“It’s Pretty cool”
“It was very cool, but also very powerful and symbolic”
“It was inspiring”
“CoolCool and different”
“I thought it was amazingly cool and loved it!”
“It left me awestruck”

Anonymous After Words feedback participants ages 11-17

“Emma is a valued member of the Royal Exchange’s Pool of Freelancers. She leads regular tours and workshops with school and college groups, and I cannot recommend her enough! She is calm, professional and well-prepared, and never fails to inspire the young people she is working with.”
NATALIE DIDDAMS, SCHOOLS’ PROGRAMME LEADER, ROYAL EXCHANGE

“Emma was excellent at engaging with a wide range of people. Many of my team commented that her warm personality drew people in to write, and Emma made a real impression on those who engaged in the creative writing. Her presence added a real sense of professionalism and authenticity.”
KATHERINE WARMAN, RIGHT UP OUR STREET, DONCASTER ARTS

“Emma’s sessions were always practical, informative, fun and full of ideas beyond the usual run of the mill guidance which you can find anywhere. She inspired me to get writing and provided constructive and helpful feedback on my efforts, which showed real insight. Some of the resultant short plays have been accepted for performance or rehearsed reading by, for instance, Cast in Doncaster and the Theatre Royal, York.”
JOHN EMMS, WRITE NOW COURSE PARTICIPANT, LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE

“Emma has a powerful, disarming and highly inspirational flair for teaching and mentoring anyone serious about wanting to write. Emma’s style encourages frank self-questioning and a continuous quest for improvement. She leads by example with a sustained energy level throughout a session and consequently achieves excellent interaction with and between her pupils.”
TOM LONSDALE, WRITE NOW COURSE PARTICIPANT

“Emma’s sessions were unpredictable, packed and inspiring, covering not only all aspects of writing for the stage, but also how to go about marketing and publishing. She was always honest, constructive and useful. “
STEVE GOLDMAN, WRITE NOW COURSE PARTICIPANT

“The best digital producer I’ve worked with. Emma did everything digital on Bedtime Live and was truly remarkable.”
Susan L. Maxwell, Executive Producer

“No matter how tough the project, or how difficult the client,
Emma always gets the job done.”
Sarah Charlton, MD, Mickey & Mallory Ltd.