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Emma Chapman (f)
Writer in Residence

Herkunftsland: United Kingdom
KKA-Residency: 2016

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Secondary Education
(1) Withington Girls’ School Attended 1994-2004
GCSEs (2002) - English Language (A*), English Literature (A*), Maths (A*), French (A*), Latin (A*), History (A*), Geography (A*), Biology (A*), Chemistry (A*), Physics (A*), Information Technology (A*)
AS Levels (2003) - English Literature (A), Maths (A), Biology (A), Drama and Theatre Studies (A)
A Levels (2004) - English Literature (A), Maths (A), Biology (A)

Tertiary Education
(2) University of Edinburgh Attended 2004 - 2008
MA (Hons) English Literature
• Broad range of topics: Renaissance, Romanticism, Modernism, Feminism, Post Modernism and contemporary criticism, as well as others.
• Development of strong research and analysis skills
• Creative Writing module helped to develop writing voice
• Gained time management skills due to balancing study with a part-time job and voluntary work.
Degree Classification achieved: Borderline 2:1/ First (69)

(3) Royal Holloway, University of London Attended 2008 – 2009

MA Creative Writing under Susanna Jones and Professor Andrew Motion, then Poet Laureate.
• Applied editing skills to my own work
• Academic Dissertation comparing first and second-wave Feminism, 1890 - 1970.
• Developed my writing ‘voice’, leading to completion of novel, How To Be A Good Wife


The Last Photograph (Picador, forthcoming May 2016)
The story of a British photojournalist: his experiences overseas during the Vietnam War and the impact of his career on his family and life at home.
• Excellent initial feedback from previous publisher Picador, resulting in publication offer

How To Be A Good Wife (Picador, January 2013)
Marta and Hector have been married for so long that Marta can’t remember much of her life before him. When he comes home with a secret, and their ordered domestic life begins to unravel. Marta begins to question her husband, as well as her own identity.
• Impressive critical reception, with outstanding reviews in The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, amongst numerous woman’s magazines (see attached quotation sheet)
• Fourteen pre-publication writer endorsements, ranging from Hilary Mantel to David Hewson, author of The Killing.
• Rights sold in UK, US, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, France, Bulgaria and Australia.

Forty Feet: (short story, Picador Book of 40, September 2012)

Familiar Terrain: (first chapter of How To Be A Good Wife, Bedford Square 4: An Anthology of New Writing, foreword by Andrew Motion, November 2010)

Other Writing and Language Projects

Indie Book Crawl: www.howtobeagoodwifebook.com/2014/05/19/indiebookcrawl/
• Visited 63 independent bookshops in one month as a PR stunt for the paperback publication of How To Be A Good Wife, aiming to encourage readers to purchase the book from their local bookshop instead of online
• Widespread media coverage, including an article in The Guardian www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/27/donations-independent-bookshops-readers-james-patterson-amazon?CMP=twt_gu, Red magazine www.redonline.co.uk/reviews/book-reviews/independent-bookshop-tour, The Independent, and numerous local publications throughout the UK
• Organised by the author with promotional help from Picador
• Resulted in a boost to sales and improved relationship between author and booksellers
Central Highland Volunteers www.vietnamvolunteerteachers.com
• Volunteer scheme founded in September 2012 while researching The End of June, addressing a dire need for more English teachers in the remote Central Highlands of Vietnam
• The testimonials and more about the site can be read on the website.

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