Hello! My name is Emily Walker and I am a writer from York, currently residing in Wakefield. I am currently studying towards a Creative Writing MA with York St John University, and have been published in collections such as Ellipsis Zine and Clover & White. I previously worked as a Secondary English Teacher but decided to prioritise my writing (and mental health) so I now study alongside working full-time for Children’s Services in the council.
In my own writing, I enjoy vocalising experiences that often go unheard. I love finding beauty, horror and the strange within our everyday, mundane experiences, and take inspiration from writers such as Bernardine Evaristo, Zadie Smith, Lydia Davis, Philip Larkin and Wendy Cope. I am a huge fan of the short story, and particularly enjoy the gothic, uncanny collections of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, Camilla Grudova’s The Doll’s Alphabet and Julia Armfield’s Salt Slow.
I am passionate about mental health awareness and campaigning, and recently have found the collection The Colour of Madness edited by Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott to be a beautiful, essential read when it comes to bringing mental health discourse into the present realities of our society and campaigning to advocate real change.
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