- about me -


'The Night of the Hiding Moon' - Published March 2020 - An evocative, poetic story about the power of the imagination. Inspired by Indonesian puppetry. 


CBCA Notable Book 2019 - 'Digby and Claude' - produced in collaboration with illustrator Hannah Sommerville and the National Library of Australia: A thought provoking story about belonging and ideas of home, 'Digby and Claude' is an exploration of friendship and hope in an environment of change.




Emma worked as a paediatric speech and language therapist for a number of years. However, a lifelong love of literature and the arts led Emma to return to university where she studied film and literature. Emma completed a Masters of Creative Writing. She is currently working towards a PhD and is developing a collection of photographic and poetic works.

Emma’s debut picture book ‘The Terrible Suitcase’ (illust. Freya Blackwood) won the CBCA Book of the Year (Early Childhood, 2013). In 2013 'The Terrible Suitcase' was also shortlisted for the Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards.'The Terrible Suitcase' has now been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean.


In 2015 ‘Grandma, the baby and me’ (illust. Hannah Sommerville) was chosen for the ABC Playschool curriculum. It features on the Playschool DVD series 'Faces and Feelings'.


‘My Friend Ernest’ (illust. Hannah Sommerville) released in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia awards. In 2018  'My Friend Ernest' will be released in the United Kingdom. 

Emma's visual and written work has recently been published in the international journal 'Westerly. She is currently working on her first young adult novel.

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