I first met Emma Branch at my first ever meeting of the Letchworth Writer’s Group a little over a year ago. Her warm and welcoming nature made me feel comfortable at once. Not knowing what to expect from the meeting, I listened attentively as members read out their monthly offerings and I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the high standard of writing on display.
And then Emma read her piece, Kismit. At first, it didn’t strike me as particularly superior to the pieces I’d already heard. But then, as she was reaching the end of her story, she read out a line, so simple – almost just thrown away – that I nearly stood up and applauded. I won’t spoil it for you. I’ll just say this. It was a line that socked me between the eyes. It was so real, so true, so affecting, its still takes my breath away by its elegance and deeply moving simplicity.
I came away from that meeting confident that Emma Branch would be one to watch.
And I haven’t been disappointed.
In preparing this Featured Writer segment, I’ve had the pleasure of reading everything I have, that's been written by Emma. I’ve been chilled by some of her stories, laughed out loud at others, moved by her one poem, and reduced to tears by one story in particular.
What Emma Branch has as an author, can’t be taught at creative writing classes.
She says she only writes for fun, nothing more. I suspect she’s being modest.
Oh, yes, the aspect of her writing that can’t be taught...
Emma Branch writes with heart!
LM. August 2019
Emma was educated at Stevenage Girl's School. She loved English and was fortunate to have a teacher who encouraged her to write.
She has worked in HR and Recruitment for the past twenty-five years. Her hobbies are reading, gardening, patchwork and quilting.