3rd of April, 12pm: Stephanie Gerra & Em Fleming

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Born of Italian and Spanish parents, Stephanie grew up and continues to live in the heart of Bloomsbury, an area she loves and which informs much of her writing.  Her background is in media, theatre writing, performance and psychology.

In the noughties she toured far and wide with satirical cabaret outfit Doris Karloff and more recently, has performed regularly at spoken word events and festivals with the three spoken word ensembles she co-founded: Bloomsbury Voices, Future Perfect Writers and Juke Box Story.

Stephanie is passionate about family, food and foreign places – all subjects of her first novel, ‘Recipe for Love’ which is currently being considered by several agents.  Stephanie is building the next Future Perfect show with Em Fleming – Unraveling – debuting this May at the Harrison and she is a keen blogger.

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Em Fleming is a writer and performer who regularly works with the Future Perfect writing collective in and around London.  In 2012 she co-founded Not The Brontës, a music and poetry group, as a way to explore her Northern heritage.

Em’s had work chosen for storytelling night White Rabbit and for one of the first Jukebox Story events. Over the last four years she’s appeared in spoken word shows at the Bloomsbury festival, Streatham festival and at the Camden Fringe.

Last year she came third in the national Poetry Rivals competition and is published in their winners anthology Twist My Words. She’s also had short fiction published in the anthologies First Time Mum and Here’s One I Made Earlier and has some work available for download via the Ether Books app.

Em is currently building the next Future Perfect show for the spring, and working on putting together an e-book of poems. This September she is taking up a place on the MA in Creative Writing at Manchester University. Originally from West Yorkshire, Em now lives in South London with her husband and son, works part time in Student Support and is Vice President of the Streatham WI. She has a thing about keeping busy, I guess.

Visit her website, here.

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