Emma attracted Arts Council England funding in 2007, to create her one-woman performance piece ‘The Professor Vyle Show’ and to establish herself as a freelance writer and performance poet.

Slam Poetry

Emma has won the Solihull Slam, The Big Bilston Love Slam, the Nailsworth Poetry Festival slam and the Much Wenlock Poetry Festival Slam. She has on two occasions achieved 2nd place in the UK All Stars Poetry Slam at Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Competition wins, longlistings, shortlistings and commendations

In 2002, Emma was the winner of the Wolverhampton City Arts Festival Poetry Competition. She also won the Waterstones/Central Libraries ‘Write the Future’ competition with a short story. She had two poems shortlisted for the Belmont Children’s Poetry Competition in 2005 and was highly commended in the same competition in 2007. In 2012 Emma was shortlisted for the Mslexia Novel Writing Prize. Her poem ‘Christina Responds Badly to Poetry Criticism’ received the ‘Editor’s Commendation’ in the Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Competition. Emma was shortlisted for the Bare Fiction Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and the Brighton Prize for Flash Fiction in 2016.

Her children’s collection, ‘I Once Knew a Poem Who Wore a Hat’ was the winner of the prestigious International Rubery Book Award (Poetry Section) in 2016.

Emma’s poetry has been selected on four separate occasions to be produced as ‘Poetry On Loan’ postcards. These postcards are distributed to libraries across the West Midlands. The chosen poems were ‘Divorcing Superman’, ‘Feeling Low?’, ‘Glut Reaction’ and ‘Go Or They Might Stop Asking’.