In The Emma Press Anthology of Love, that familiar four-letter word takes on a world of meanings. Love is written across the sky for the whole world to see, and whispered to a partner at the bus stop in the rain. Love is transcendent and love is everyday, found equally in steamy texts and shopping lists, and the only reliable thing about it is that it’s never where you expected to find it.
Building on the success of 2015’s Mildly Erotic Verse, this book explores the diversity of modern romance. Often awkward, never perfect, romantic encounters and relationships are rooted in our own contemporary world of Tinder, Twitter and TV dinners. But they are also part of an enduring tradition: the cornerstone of our common humanity. In this book, thirty fresh, diverse and original voices speak to what love means right here, right now, bridging the gap between Hollywood imagery and modern lived experience, and forming an anthology open and welcoming to diverse understandings of romance, including a strong selection of work addressing LGBTQ+ experiences.
Emma was on the original working group at the formation of VERVE and has appeared every year either running our Children’s Festival, running workshops, hosting events and appearing at showcases for her excellent Birmingham based press Emma Press. She’s wonderful to work with and lovely to have involved!
Date: 25th Jan 2018
Extent: 112 pp