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The Emma Press acquires two new children’s titles from open call

The Emma Press has acquired two children’s titles submitted unagented to the press during its February 2023 call for submissions. 

With distinctive voices and enchanting conceits, two highly original titles warmly greet inquisitive young readers who are looking for something different.

In Laura Theis’s mesmerising collection Poems from a Witch’s Pocket, nature blends with magic to explore sisterhood, identity, expression and finding your way in the world. Addressing a young YA audience but suitable for all ages, words creep and dance into the reader’s ear through poems by turn kind, playful and empowering – perfect for all aspiring hovel witches. Publishing 2025.

Rob Walton’s Please Do Not Read the Footnotes Please breaks all the rules, inviting middle-grade readers to zig-zag across the page on a dazzling and humorous journey. From pocket money to pastries via nicknames and trigonometry, no stone is left unturned in this unique book which promises to inspire a new generation of rebel storytellers. Publishing 2025.

James Trevelyan, Director (maternity) of The Emma Press, said: “The Emma Press’s history of supporting brilliant writers of poetry for adults to develop work for children has resulted in some of our most popular and award-winning books. We can’t wait to continue this tradition and bring two more authors to the attention of younger readers in 2025. Both Laura Theis’s and Rob Walton’s manuscripts play delightfully with the form and expectations of a children’s collection, with original ideas which made a lasting impression on us during a competitive open submissions round. We look forward to children getting lost in labyrinths of tiny text and tip-toeing up a witch’s garden path, finding fragments of poems along the way!”

About the authors:

Laura Theis writes in her second language. Her work appears in POETRY, Oxford Poetry, Magma, Rattle, Mslexia, The Caterpillar and others. She received the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize, the Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, the Poets&Players Prize, the Hammond House International Literary Award, the AM Heath Prize, the Mogford Short Story Prize, as well as a Forward Prize nomination. Her poetry debut was the winner of the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize, an Oxford Poetry Library Book-of-the-Month, and an Elgin Award nominee. Her collection A Spotter’s Guide To Invisible Things won the Live Canon Collection Prize and received the Arthur-Welton-Award from the Society of Authors.

Rob Walton is a writer, performer and teacher from Scunthorpe who now lives in Whitley Bay, where he writes short fiction and poetry for children and adults.  His debut poetry collection, This Poem Here, was published by Arachne Press in 2021.  His poetry for children has been published online by Tyger Tyger and The Dirigible Balloon, and features in various print magazines and anthologies published by, among others, The Toy Press, The Emma Press, Parakeet, Bloomsbury and Macmillan. Explore more on Rob’s website.

For further information please contact: 

Georgia Wall, Publishing Manager, The Emma Press

About The Emma Press:

The Emma Press is an award-winning independent publishing house based in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. It was founded in 2012 by Emma Dai’an Wright and is dedicated to producing beautiful, thought-provoking books for adults and children, and to making publishing and literature more accessible and welcoming. The Emma Press publishes themed anthologies, illustrated chapbooks and children’s poetry and fiction, with a growing list of translations which includes titles from Latvia, Estonia, Indonesia, Spain and the Netherlands. 


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    The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. We are trying to make publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible.

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The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. We are trying to make publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible.
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