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of Emma-Jane Barlow

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Hello there! And welcome to my author website. I’m EJ. It’s nice to meet you. If you want to know more about me, my books, and my creative life, then continue on this website to find out more…

Have a beautiful day!

EJ

Coming Soon…

Sins &

Sunflowers

Second edition (2023)

My Books

Darkness & Light

First came the darkness, then came the light. Darkness & Light is a poetry collection documenting the emotional journey of overcoming mental illness and finding the strength to be whole again. In this book, I hope you find comfort in my words, feel a part of my story in yours, see the beauty in the ordinary and if like me, you have ever lived in the shadows, I hope you find your light — Emma-Jane Barlow

The First Line Poets Anthology

Created by Emma-Jane Barlow in 2020, the First Line Poets Project is an online collaborative initiative that pairs up writers from across the globe to write poetry using first lines as inspiration. This anthology is a compilation of work from past and present members of the project. The poets in this book are like individual fingerprints; no two are the same. Some speak in different mother tongues, some have only just found writing and others have been writing from the moment they could hold a pen.

The talented poets who were selected to be published in this anthology share their bravery, passion and vulnerability in these poems, written just for you — Emma-Jane Barlow

Thirty

Tomorrow is my 30th birthday.

Every year, on the night before my birthday, I write a post about my year. I’ve been doing this for ten years now. I write and reflect on my life and it’s a tradition that has stayed with me since I started this blog during my time at university. In preparing for this post, I read the last few entries for twenty-seven, twenty-eight and twenty-nine and I marvel at how my life has been shaped into this beautiful new story, with new characters, new opportunities and new twists and turns. That is all we really are. Stories. I am going to continue to tell mine because words are my legacy, every word I put down is something to leave behind, long after I’m gone. But I’m not going anywhere. I feel like I am only getting started.

The A Word

In March 2022, it was confirmed that I am Autistic. Suddenly, the last 29 years of my life made sense. I reflected on my childhood and teenage years and every struggle I had experienced. I did extensive research, from books, podcasts and videos and it all pointed towards the A word.

Twenty-Nine
What if my destiny is to claw my way to greatness? — Emma-Jane Barlow (From Weeds, Sins & Sunflowers, 2022) It is the eve of my 29th birthday. Every year I like to reflect on the year that has passed but before I started to write this, I read my last two birthday...
Twenty-Eight
Tomorrow is my 28th birthday. And like I do every year, I am writing a birthday eve blog post. This is something that I like to do, to reflect on my life for the past 365 days. 28. Sometimes I feel like I fit into the mould of "old soul", I have been through so much...