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Poetry & Spoken Word

Emma speaks from the heart with edgy, witty and inspiring words. Often inspired from a very personal place, her performance poetry and prose has been described as honest, insightful, funny and celebratory. In the last seven years Emma has had guest spots all over the north of England, including her first slam win at the famous Uptown Poetry Slam in Chicago in 2010. She performed a collection of her spoken word in her show My heart is a place where flowers grow at festivals in the North West and Yorkshire in 2011 and 2012. Please see below for examples and links to Emma’s poetry and spoken word work.

‘I Don’t Know’ SCENE 1

Emma turns her theatrical one-woman show ‘I Don’t Know What I’m Supposed To Be Doing’ into short poetic film form. The story …

Words in the Wild

A reflective walk with Emma Decent and her poetry and prose. A magical and unique experience of landscape, writing and performance. On …

Every Day

A poetic film inspired by the landscape of Cornholme, Todmorden. ‘Every Day’ features prominently on Words in the Wild, Emma’s 2020 performances …

The Quiet Space

Continuing a new idea for sharing her work, Emma has made a short meditative poetic film inspired by the lockdown.

Words in the Wild pamphlet

If you would like a booklet of Emma’s work she has created a pamphlet of all the pieces in the 2020 Words …

Nice things people say

‘Emma Decent is a writer and performer with the rare quality of captivating her audience and never letting them go, her work …

‘I Don’t Know’ trailer

I Don’t Know What I’m Supposed To Be Doing Watch a trailer here and see Events for next performances.    

Old Wound

A poem by Emma Decent about a magical healing. Performed at ‘Wild’ women’s poetry event, Todmorden 2010.


A poem by Emma Decent about being with someone you love at the very end of their life. Performed at ‘Wild’ women’s poetry …