Emily Diamand

Children's writer
University of Leeds, Environment

Emily Diamand is an author of children’s fiction who writes fantasy adventure stories with an environmental theme. Her first novel Flood Child won The Times prize for children’s fiction in 2008, going on to be published worldwide. She has since published three more novels and her work has been shortlisted for the Branford Boase award, several regional awards and has been nominated for the Carnegie prize.
After becoming a published author, Emily developed creative writing workshops for children and adults, which she has led in schools and libraries across the country, as well as for literature festivals. Emily is also involved in activities to promote reading, having been one of the founding trustees of a community library in North Yorkshire, and she is currently patron of reading at the David Young Community Academy in Leeds. Prior to entering the world of publishing, Emily studied environmental science, gaining a BSc and an MSc, and worked in organic farming for a number of years. She went on to become a senior researcher at Friends of the Earth, and in this role she authored a wide range of science-based materials across various topics and formats: from research papers and technical reports through to press releases and online content. She continues to write and edit materials for non-governmental organisations. She lives in North Yorkshire with her husband and son.

Emily Diamand

Fellowships

University of Leeds, Environment 2015-17