Emma Barnes

EmmaBarnesphotoEmma Barnes once lived in a house in Edinburgh which people wrongly believed was the childhood home of Treasure Island author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Emma shared Stevenson’s love of stories and began inventing her own stories as a child, entertaining her younger sister with made-up adventures whilst walking the family dog.

In 2001 Emma’s first children’s book was published, Jessica Haggerthwaite, Witch Dispatcher. The book was shortlisted for the Branford Boase award and was translated into many languages.

The first in Emma’s current series of books, Wild Thing is published by Scholastic and has been described as “hilarious and heartwarming” (The Scotsman). The next instalment, Wild Thing Gets A Dog will be published in July 2014. Her other titles include Wolfie, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, which won a 2014 Fantastic Book Award.

Emma lives in Yorkshire and is a regular school visitor, appearing at Edinburgh International Book Festival, as well as running workshops at libraries and other literary festivals. Emma offers a range of sessions for schools and is happy to present assemblies, hold smaller-group writing workshops and adapt her events to a particular theme.  Her aim is always to promote a love of stories and reading for pleasure. Click to read more about Emma’s school events.

Published books
Chloe’s Secret Princess Club
Wild Thing
Wild Thing Gets A Dog
Wild Thing Goes Camping
How (Not) To Make Bad Children Good
The Thief of Bracken Farm
Jessica Haggerthwaite: Witch Dispatcher