An Evening with Emma Jane Unsworth

An Evening with Emma Jane Unsworth


Lancaster University's Department of English and Creative Writing are pleased to welcome Emma Jane Unsworth as a speaker for our visiting writer series.


Emma’s first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything (Hidden Gem) won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize 2012. Her short story ‘I Arrive First’ was included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt). She has worked as a journalist, a columnist for The Big Issue, and a barmaid. Her second novel Animals was published by Canongate in 2014 and won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015. She is writing a third novel, a dark comedy about a social media addict who moves back in with her mother. She has also written the screenplay of Animals, which is due to start shooting in Manchester in 2017.


Praise for Emma's work:

a young British writer full of talent, [Animals] is an emotionally complex and often go-for-broke-witty book about the difficulty of letting go, of making choices for yourself, of discovering that the relationships you cling to hardest may be the ones that damage you most (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

Featuring two women in their early thirties whose voracious appetite for wine make Dionysus look like a lightweight… Unsworth captures the destabilising doubts that your late twenties/early thirties can trigger (THE INDEPENDENT)