The Emma Press has acquired three new poetry pamphlets submitted unagented to the press during its September 2021 call for submissions. The collections touch on themes of love and language, creativity, abusive medical systems weighted against marginalised genders, archives and cultural
My body became a disobedient, untrustworthy, sometimes hostile thing, so paradoxically I felt a separation from it too, as if it was the wild animal and I was the threatened human being.
I’m sure you’ll agree that life appears to just get busier and busier; each time I near the end of one ‘to-do’ list, another materialises before I can even consider a break. Whether it is the demands of a job; or the persistence of children; or even just those niggly little jobs that life requires of us, (like the washing – ugh, washing). For me, a busier life has meant that I have struggled to find time to fit in my reading – novels have been taking so long to read that I am finding myself losing interest without really giving them a chance. Last month, I decided to spend some time with shorter forms for writing that I could read in one sitting. The impact was instant – not only did I get back into a consistent rhythm of reading, I also found myself taking regular short breaks that have done wonders for my well-being.
The Emma Press has signed Pakistani poet and academic Rakhshan Rizwan’s debut poetry collection. Emma Dai’an Wright, executive editor of The Emma Press, acquired world rights in the English language to Europe, Love Me Back. It will publish on 6th October 2022.
It was the 8th of December last year; I had just stepped through the door after a long day at work and I decided to check my phone for any late emails… The effects of a tough day quickly vanished when I read that I had been successful in becoming a Publicity and Marketing Intern at The Emma Press! This amazing opportunity came as part of my Publishing MA at York St. John.
Imogen Davies has been doing a work placement with us for the last few months, as part of her Publishing MA at York St John University. We asked her to pick out some books from our catalogue and write a blog about them, so here it is - take it away, Imogen!
Although it’s been about a year since the romance drama Normal People was brought to our screens, it’s difficult to log into social media without eventually scrolling past an artfully taken photo of the book or screen capture of the show, featuring a devastating quote, or perhaps more likely, discussion on Paul Mescal’s engagement. The show is a heart-achingly accurate portrayal of love and all the embarrassments, joys and complications it brings.
Over the course of 10 weeks, beginning in March, I’ve been working virtually with The Emma Press on a placement focusing on marketing and publicity. My experience here will form the basis of my MA Publishing dissertation as I reflect on what I’ve been up to as well as the publishing world more widely.