Emmy Clarke is a children’s writer and poet from South Manchester.
Their work has been featured in publications such as Outbox Theatre’s Brighter collection, Lucent Dreaming’s Issue 11, and Deep Overstock’s Issue 17. Emmy’s documentary poetry installation “Taking Up Space” was featured at Contact Theatre, as part of the GMCDP’s Young Creatives’ living museum of disabled people’s history, DIS:Play.
In 2021, Emmy was invited onto BAFTA-Award Winner Sophie Willan’s Stories of Care writing development programme. Emmy was guided by Oliver Sykes and the Stories of Care team to write a children’s story (“Vampire Hunter Jess”) for publication in the 2022 anthology, Tales of the Bold, the Brave and the Beautiful. Emmy performed a live reading of Vampire Hunter Jess for Pride in Trafford in May 2022. Their children’s story, “The Autumn Vixen” was published in Little Thoughts Press in October 2022, and “Floorboard Fairies” was published in Storytime Magazine in January 2023. In February 2023, Emmy’s debut chapter book was shortlisted for Writing Magazine’s Chapter Book Prize.
In 2022, Emmy joined Pop Up Projects’ Rainbow Library Project, during which Emmy retold a fairy tale queerly, with guidance from poet Jay Hulme and children’s illustrator David Roberts.
Emmy became a Contact Theatre Future Fire in June 2022. They have received training to deliver the first run of the Changeling Annual project.
In July 2022, Emmy helped judge Lucent Dreaming’s Poetry Prize
In September 2022, Emmy became a mentee at Penguin Random House. Her mentor is Senior Commissioning Editor Lucy Oates.
Emmy was a Bookseller until October 2022, when they began their current role at World Book Day as a Trainee Administrator. Emmy is also a Neurodiversity Champion at Starling, and is studying a part-time BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at the Open University.
For more about Emmy and updates on their work, visit their website @ emmy-writes.com or follow them on Twitter @emmyclarke_.