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Emily is originally from Hamilton, Ontario but has lived in Aberdeen, Scotland for eleven years. She completed a Master of Letters in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen in 2012 and went on to complete her PhD in 2016.


She writes short stories, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction. Her writing has been featured internationally in publications from Scotland, Canada, Australia, and the United States. 


Her novel-in-progress, THE NIGHT ROOM, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize Trust/Curtis Brown/Audible 'Discoveries Prize' in May 2023. 


Emily has been the Writer in Residence at Roxburghe House, a palliative care hospital in Aberdeen, since 2016. She facilitates both private and commissioned creative writing workshops in the city and is the North East Culture Collective practitioner for Alcohol and Drug Action project, 'Stories to Tell.'

Emily has taught Creative Writing at Aberdeen College sessionally since 2019. In the Fall of 2022 she taught the progressive Medical Humanities course, Creative Writing for Medical Students, at the University of Aberdeen. 

She is the recipient of a 2022/23 Creative Funding Award from Aberdeen City Council. 

Photo courtesy of Chris Henderson

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