Emily Barr Author Headshot copyright Charlotte Knee Photography

Emily Barr

Tutor and mentor

Emily Barr is the author of eighteen published novels, and is currently working on the next two. Her first novel, Backpack, won the WHSmith New Talent award and she has since twice been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She has written four YA novels, including the multi-award-winning The One Memory of Flora Banks, which was published in 27 languages and shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. Her first horror novel, We Hear Voices, was published by Berkley in the US in 2020, and her most recent YA novel, Things to Do Before the End of the World, was published by Penguin in 2021.

Emily has taught creative writing for Arvon, Falmouth University, Curtis Brown Creative and The Writers’ Block, as well as for Faber Academy. She loves nothing more than talking about writing and encouraging new writers.

Countries publishing The One Memory of Flora Banks

Books published

Pet rabbits


Don’t be afraid to write a bad first draft. That’s the worst your book is ever going to be: from then on you are making it better.

Emily’s books