Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Stories That Stay in Your Head - Emma Lee

An August Blog Event - Leicester Writers

I've known Emma for almost as long as I've been writing and I've always admired her use of language in her poetry. It is, therefore, with much pleasure that I welcome Emma to my blog:



I’ve always loved listening to stories. Before I could write, I built houses with toy bricks and invented stories for the people who might have lived there. Once I could write, I grew to love the process of focusing on a specific aspect or theme in a story and condensing it into a poem. Most of my poems focus on other people’s stories, often inspired by news stories. Many of the poems in, “Mimicking a Snowdrop” look at how the past coexists with the present, for example in the same flat, the presence of a Blitz survivor is sensed by a modern day shift worker.

Some stories stay with you long after you’ve finished reading the newspaper or closed the book. My third collection “Ghosts in the Desert” explores this, beginning with ghosts from news of wars, the aftermath of tsunamis, bombings, or ill-served by political decisions of others, and how these haunt survivors. One sequence explores fan fiction, written by fans who find characters from films staying with them long after the credits have rolled. 

We need stories to help keep memories alive and give us the opportunity to learn from past mistakes.

Emma Lee


Emma Lee is a poet and reviewer. 
She blogs at http://emmalee1.wordpress.com and has published three poetry collections: 
“Ghosts in the Desert” (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2015),
“Mimicking a Snowdrop” (Thynks Press, 2014) and 
“Yellow Torchlight and the Blues” (Original Plus, 2004). 
She reviews for The Journal, London Grip and Sabotage Reviews.


Maxine Linnell will be my next Leicester Writer Visitor.

15 comments:

  1. Hi Ros and Emma Lee - how wonderful ... your stories sound amazing and I love the (sad) idea of Ghosts in the Desert ... and your comment about how we need to learn from their deaths ... and understand our actions and the world around us.

    Ros - great group of writing friends you meet up with ... this series is a great idea .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary, well I do keep telling you all how special Leicester is :-)

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  2. tough to beat non-fiction. I can understand how she gets material from news stories. Sounds like quite a writer with some haunting themes. Very nice

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    1. Emma does 'haunting themes' extremely well.

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  3. Huge admiration for anyone who can write poems....I struggle to place the exact words ...a novel, no problem... good luck with the Ghosts book...an amazing concept.

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    1. Me too cause my poems always end up being funny doggerel pieces.

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  4. Thanks for all your kind comments.

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  5. You have a plethora of talent in Leicester, lucky you!

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  6. I think there's a continuum between stories and memories - we can learn more about ourselves from both, and both can make us laugh and cry!

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  7. One day I will get to Leicester. Until then, I can read its writers. Thank you for this, Ros and Emma. ~Miriam

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    1. Leicester's place on the literary map does get overlooked but there are many talented writers here.

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  8. Lovely themes, Emma. I like the notion of ghosts in the desert. Like Carol, I am a great admirer of poets. Something I wish I had in me. Good luck with this intriguing theme!

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    1. Pleased you like the theme. It lends itself to prose as well as poetry.

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