AMAZING artwork by Yr 6 of Barlby Primary School!


Real life people! Images of Ted and Pablo for Son of the Circus



I would like to thank you for writing this book. Having been closed for the most crucial part of the school year, we were worried about attainment. However, we have found that the children are more engaged in Literacy and Guided Reading than ever (this is mostly due to your book!). The majority of our Year group (45 children) come from a BAME background, and they are finally studying a book they can relate to personally… We are all so enjoying the book, our Literacy lead said that it is the most engaged she has seen children – ever!

Julia Cox – teacher, yr 6, Barlby Primary School, London, Sept 2020


Produced in partnership with The Royal British Legion for the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

A child evacuee, a Bletchley Park codebreaker, a rebel fighter, an Indian Army soldier… 

Each inspiring and authentic story helps to bring the end of World War Two into focus.

Every story is followed by a fact file, packed with detail on different parts of the war. 

My wonderful writer friend Jenni sent me this super cute Pablo when I first got published


The story of the first black president of South Africa.

NELSON MANDELA is known for dedicating his life to fighting for equality in South Africa and overthrowing racial segregation. He grew up hearing the elders’ stories of his ancestors fighting in the wars of resistance, and he dreamed of fighting for the freedom of his people. His childhood wish was granted when he became the first black president of South Africa, and an icon for hope, change and equality.

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


I was commissioned by Scholastic to write Son of the Circus (2019) as part of their Voices series. This is a middle grade novel based on the son of Pablo Fanque, the first black circus proprietor in Victorian Britain. Working with Scholastic again, I contributed two short stories to their Homecoming anthology in celebration of VE day, published April 2020. I’ve also written for Penguin’s Extraordinary Lives series, chronicling the life of Nelson Mandela (Oct 2020)

COMING 2021…

APRIL 2021 Oxford University Press (OUP)

Perfect for aged 9-12 fun, contemporary MG

I’m Amber Roberts. Just your average teenager. Life revolves around school and my best mate, Vi. Nothing too dramatic, and certainly nothing dangerous.

Amber Undercover

Well. That’s how things used to be. But now, my life is way more complicated: Mum and Dad have a massive secret and Vi’s being all moody. But, bigger than that-I’ve just been recruited as a secret agent! That’s right. Me. An actual spy. Exciting? It would be, if I had a clue what I was doing . . .


Rising Stars Reading Planet for younger readers Hodder Education


Football Legends #5: Lionel Messi Biography for 8-12 readers Scholastic

And more… !


The fiction I write is usually contemporary and set in the ‘real world’, although I’m also passionate about examining historical periods – imagining how people would have felt and coped back then.

I’m particularly interested in unreliable narrators and exploring characters who may otherwise be perceived as ‘unlikeable’. 

Having studied Scriptwriting and being a huge film buff, I’m interested in adaptations, retellings and dual narratives. My scriptwriting background feeds into my strengths with characters and dialogue.

Experience of (happy to be approached as a sensitivity reader for): growing up in the care system, foster homes, being mixed race (BAME), parental drug addiction, mental health

Manuscript feedback, advice and mentoring available on request. Testimonials:

Sara Hills says:

“Receiving feedback from Emma is like receiving a gift. I’ve had the pleasure of having her insight on various flash and short stories over the past few years, and her advice is always incredibly constructive and comprehensive, as well as encouraging. She’s been able to provide guidance on my work as a whole as well as individual word choices, and my writing has only grown stronger from following her advice. She knows what she’s doing, and she’s the first person I seek out for advice on work I care about.”


Anna Caig says:

“Emma has a superb eye for what makes a story work. Her notes on character development, in particular, were such a help in improving my work. She also has a great eye for detail, and can get into the nitty gritty of your grammar and style with the same flair she brings to the bigger picture. It doesn’t hurt that she’s an absolute delight to work with too!”



MG and YA fiction and non-fiction, retellings, adaptations

Short stories for adults

Scripts: MA (Screenwriting), BA (Hons) Film Studies

Jenni Spangler says:

“Em has supported me through every stage of my writing over the last five years. She is my go to person for help with everything from plotting problems to line edits and there is no one in the world I trust more with my messy early drafts. Her feedback is insightful, to-the-point, and warm, and I always come away feeling positive and overflowing with ideas to improve my story. It’s hard to balance honest helpful criticism with encouragement and cheerleading, but Emma does it perfectly every time. I would recommend her to anyone serious about developing as a writer.”


JD Burns who I mentored for AMM (Author Mentor Match) says:

“As a writer, one of the most important decisions you will face is selecting someone to provide feedback on your manuscript. It can make all the difference in the growth of your story and your writing abilities – both positive and negative. There are many factors to consider in your choice, but for me, the most important is trust. You’ve poured all your skill, hard work and love into your story. You should expect nothing less from the person reviewing your work. I can assure you that E.L Norry will pour herself into your story and love it the same way you do. She is part cheerleader, sounding board, thought generator and yes – if you need it – drill sergeant. My own work has benefited immensely from her ability to spot weak points and provide numerous actionable suggestions to address them. She really is the best thing that ever happened to my story.


Short stories/novellas for reluctant readers – Badger Publishing