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Emily York

Emily York

Emily joined our board of trustees in November 2020

About Emily

Emily is Audience Development Manager at The Mighty Creatives, an arts and cultural charity who fight for the creative voices of children and young people across the East Midlands. She has worked in the Education and Arts sectors for the past 6 years after studying English Literature at the University of Leicester.

I have witnessed first-hand the transformative effects that creativity can have on people’s lives and I believe every child has the right to have equal access to rich arts and cultural opportunities. One of my career highlights was working as Artistic Director for Emerge Festival, a Shakespeare-inspired verbal arts festival in Corby, co-produced by young people from the community.

There’s nothing more welcoming than opening a new book. Reading, to me, allows us to explore the intricacies of humanity as well as other imagined worlds, it helps us learn more about ourselves and each other.

A huge influence for me is Margaret Atwood. Especially her speculative fiction Maddaddam Trilogy (Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and Maddaddam) with its commentary on society, science and nature. Another favourite of mine, albeit not science fiction, is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which I read annually at Christmas (an edition introduced by Margaret Atwood, of course).

I am also an avid collector and reader of graphic novels, particularly those by Daniel Clowes, my favourites of his are Ghost World, Patience and Death-Ray. I’m also interested in graphic novels that document true events or are packed with social critique, like Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Palestine by Joe Sacco and Never Goodnight by Coco Moodysson.

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