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Emma Brockes

Emma Brockes (1994) is a journalist who writes for The Guardian's Weekend magazine and whose articles have appeared in the New Yorker and The New York Times. She has been recognised by the British Press Awards three times.

Emma won the Philip Geddes Journalism Prize while at the Hall, and graduated with a First.

She took the Young Journalist of the Year award in 2001 and the Feature Writer of the Year award in 2002, for which she was also nominated in 2006.

Her first book What Would Barbra Do?, a musical memoir, was published in 2007. Her second, She Left Me The Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me, was published by Faber in Spring 2013. Her forthcoming book An Excellent Choice: Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to Motherhood will be published by Faber in the UK and Penguin in the US in June 2018.

Read Lucy Newlyn's review of She Left Me The Gun - and Emma's online conversation with Aularian members about writing it - on the Hall Writers' Forum.

Emma's advice for would-be journalists: 

"My advice to aspiring journalists is write for ANY title that will publish you! After I graduated I applied for jobs at Cage and Aviary Birds and Metal Bulletin, my two favorite trade titles of all time. It doesn't matter where your byline appears, as long as it appears somewhere. The ease with which you can self-publish online these days helps, too."