Em was born in England but has lived most of her life in Scotland, with brief migrations to Germany and New Zealand.
She is a poet, novelist, mentor, editor, RLF fellow and founder of Scottish charity, Three Streams. Her writing preoccupations are with nature, spirituality (particularly mystical Christianity) and the masculine.
Em’s first full collection of poetry, Bird-Woman, was published by Shearsman in October 2016, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prize and won the 2017 Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award. Her second collection, Horse-Man, was published in September 2019 and was shortlisted for the 2021 Ledbury Munthe prize for Best Second Collection. Her first novel, Quinn, was shortlisted for the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize and was published by Oneworld in 2023.
She has a PhD in ecological poetry from the University of Glasgow, and currently lives on the west coast of Scotland.