Emma Barnes

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Emma is the author of the Wild Thing series for 8+ from Scholastic ("hilarious and heartwarming" - The Scotsman) and her book Wolfie - about a girl whose pet dog turns out to be a wolf - won the Lancashire Fantastic Book Award 2014.  She has also written for radio and children’s television (Cbeebies - Topsy and Tim) and her work has been translated into several languages.

She has done a wide range of events and workshops in schools, libraries and at book festivals, including at the Edinburgh International Book Festival .  Her school visits and events are all about encouraging reading for pleasure, and sharing the fun and skills of creating stories.  Teachers often focus on the “nuts and bolts” of writing, but a writer can introduce a new perspective, and a more playful and experimental approach.  Emma loves brainstorming new ideas with children and then seeing them fly.  She offers talks and workshops covering topics from story maps to mermaids, magic animals to story openers. She works with all ages at the primary school level.


"Emma knows how to keep a tentful of primary school kids engaged and entertained. Organising an event with Emma is easy. She is a delight to work with." Carolyn Yates, Literature Development Officer Dumfries and Galloway

''Emma visited our school during a Book Week to celebrate the opening of a library- she was FANTASTIC! A real inspiration for the children in both Key Stage 1 and 2.''   

Karen Smith (Deputy Headteacher, Whitkirk Primary, Leeds)

 “Emma gave me lots of inspiration to write my own stories.  Having a lesson with her was brilliant.” Pupil – Ashdell Prep School

Gives workshops, Give talks and readings in schools, Make personal appearances, Give readings in schools, Give talks and readings to adults, Novelist, Screenwriter
Fantasy, Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction