About Emma Lee

The Significance of a Dress” will be published by Arachne Press at the end of February 2020. My collection “Ghosts in the Desert” is available from Indigo Dreams Publishing. My pamphlet “Mimicking a Snowdrop” was published by Thynks Press in 2014 and my full-length collection, “Yellow Torchlight and the Blues” has been published by Original Plus.  My poems have been nominated for the Forward Best Poem Prize, broadcast on BBC Radio, prize-winners in competitions and widely published in anthologies, magazines and webzines.  My short stories are also widely published. I was one of the editors for “Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge”.

I co-edited “Welcome to Leicester” available from Dahlia Publishing.

I write regular reviews for The Blue Nib, The Journal, The High Window Journal, London Grip and Sabotage as well as ad hoc reviews for other publications.  I’ve adjudicated poetry and short story competitions.

I’m a member of Leicester Writers’ Club and have read at various venues including Leicester’s Guildhall, Leicester City Football Club, The Poetry Cafe (London), the Theatre Club, Soho, London and Polyverse Poetry Festival at Loughborough University amongst others.

I judged a children’s poetry competition organised by the King Edward VII Schools Innovation Centre in Melton Mowbray in March 2010 and Lawson-West Solicitors’ Poetry Competition to raise funds for LOROS (a Leicestershire-based charity), in June 2010.

I can be found on Facebook.  I can be emailed at teamlee@ntlworld.com.  Occasionally I twitter.

Emma Lee The Significance of a Dress cover image

Ghosts in the Desert from Indigo Dreams Publishing

Ghosts in the Desert from Indigo Dreams Publishing












Mimicking a Snowdrop poetry by Emma Lee

Mimicking a Snowdrop front cover (Thynks Publications)









Yellow Torchlight and the Blues poetry by Emma Lee

Yellow Torchlight and the Blues front cover. Design by Shelley Smith. Photo Tony Shelley.

147 Responses to “About Emma Lee”

  1. peterandthehare Says:

    Hey, just thought I’d pop by, since I saw your poem in the tripod journal and liked it, delicate, disturbing yet subtle, i liked it,

    anyway, thats the jist of what i have to say, just that something of yours resonated with me deeply in a way i can’t really do justice to here. appreiciated.

  2. emmalee1 Says:

    Thanks for dropping by and sharing your reaction to my poem “Using French Knots for Bluebells” (published in Tripod and also in “Yellow Torchlight and the Blues”. Pleased you appreciated it. Full poem below:-

    Using French Knots for Bluebells

    Complete all the two-strand stitches:
    satin leaves, stems, ready for flower buds

    Select the right shade of blue:
    the positive pregnancy test is a good guide.

    Pick a single strand, push needle through and hold,
    like that moment between test and result,

    wrap the thread around the needle at least three times.
    A little knot of cells had latched to a womb’s lining.

    Ease the needle back through the cloth:
    the knot should fix.

    If not, the advice is to forget and try again
    – think of it as a dropped stitch.

    Embroidery keeps the hands busy.

  3. Richard Says:

    Hi Emma,
    I love your blog. Very in-depth and insightful. Would you be interested in having a look at my new poetry book, and considering it for review? There are some poems on my website to give you an idea. If so I’d happily send you a copy, if you email your address.
    All the best,
    Richard Evans

  4. Des Lewis Says:

    Just reviewed your story in ‘Extended Play’ here:

  5. ReadersHeaven Says:

    Hi, nice to meet you !

  6. david coldwell Says:

    Hi Emma. Really enjoyed the two poems on Josephine’s blog. Excellent site. All the best, David.

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    Just read your advice about poetry books and how to sell them.
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