About me

Hi 👋 My name is Emma and I live and work on the unceded land of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people in Kamberri/Canberra, Australia.

My first novel, ‘Now that I see you’, was the winner of the Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 2021. I am recently completed my second novel with funding support from artsACT and am currently developing an interdisciplinary live performance work that combines my writing and performance practices. In 2024, I am a resident artist at The Street Theatre.

I also write freelance about the arts, mental illness, gender and sexuality for a number of publications, particularly HerCanberra and RiotACT. Before this, I edited and wrote for Leiden, and in 2017 we published ‘Building a Conscious Wardrobe (and other fun things)’, a book championing conscious consumerism.

I love teaching and speaking about writing and creative practice as well as supporting other artists in the development of their work.

In addition to my own creative practice, I am engaged in a number of arts advocacy roles:

I am also an arts worker, supporting:

It's me.

Comments and mentions

City News, Arts diary - Resident Street Announcement, 7 May 2024

HerCanberra, How I Got Here: writer, author and arts advocate Emma Batchelor, 12 June 2023

HerCanberra, Five events you can’t miss at the 2022 Canberra Writers Festival, 7 July 2022

Michelle Potter…on dancing, Writing Dancing, 13 March, 2022

HerCanberra, Fashion, but make it sustainable: A Canberra Girl’s Guide, 12th August 2021