Emma Decent is based in the north west of England and has been writing and performing for over 15 years.

Emma’s latest project is I Don’t Know What I’m Supposed To Be Doing, a new autobiographical show about herself and her mother. Her first solo show was Beyond Dreams of Aberystwyth was developed in 2013 with support from the Arts Council of England. The Show toured since 2013 and the story also unfolds as an Online Book which you can read in full as 20 Chapters on this website.

Emma’s Poetry & Spoken Word includes raw, funny and vibrant performance poetry and prose. She has appeared at open mics all over the country and been guest poet at events in Manchester, Preston, Wakefield and beyond. She was chuffed to have her first ever slam win at the famous Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill, Chicago in 2010.

In Spring 2014 Emma qualified in Preparing to Teach in the Life-Long Learning Sector. She delivers workshops in performance and creative life-writing to accompany her shows where she encourages others to tell their stories. Emma teaches other classes to adults in creativity and writing, see Teaching and Events for more details. 

See Events for details of all Emma’s up-and-coming shows and activities.

Emma also writes freelance journalism from time to time, and writes a Blog here, where she (occasionally) documents her on-going creative journey.

Previous work includes Magic Words, a popular spoken word night Emma ran and hosted in Todmorden in 2012. In the 1990’s Emma was a lively participant on Manchester’s queer theatre and cabaret scene, and was co-writer and producer of Manchester’s fondly remembered queer pantos Snow White and the 7 Dubious Stereotypes and Little Red 30-Something and Her Queer Adventures in Wonderland at the Green Room in 2002 & 2004. See Past Projects for more about Emma’s earlier work.

To contact Emma please email emmadecent@talk21.com

‘Emma writes and reads with tenderness and grace. As both performer and promoter her strength and clearheadedness are immediately apparent. Whether writing about seismic family events or her love for her dog her words are full of insight, humour and heart.’
Jane Steele (actor & writer)

‘You were the highlight of the evening for lots of people. Stop in again when you’re this side of the pond.’

Marc Kelly Smith (the ‘Slampapi’, Uptown Poetry Slam)

‘Emma’s dynamic subtlety leaving you feeling both fulfilled and entertained, something that doesn’t happen too often.’
Gerry Potter (poet)