Notes on my family

‘Louise Coulson is a person aged thirteen and a half. She likes to be left to her own devices....
About me


Welcome to my website. Please take a look around. I am a writer living in North London.

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'A warm, witty and moving look at one complicated family and the girl at the heart of it. Full of sincerity, intelligence and hope.’

- Anna James, a case for books.

Riff Raff Mentor
Books, Life, News, Thoughts on writing

Let’s work on your book

It’s time to take your writing seriously. Writing groups and workshops are great, as is showing your writing to your best friend, mum, cat, but there comes a time when you need to make a decision about how much you want to be a writer and how seriously you are going to take it. I am now offering a mentoring…

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Spring 2019 News

The sun is shining and there are daffodils on my mantelpiece. It must be spring! In February I attended the Bristol Teen Book Award reading party. I’d never been to Bristol before and fell in love with its hills, architecture, harbour, quirky cafes and colourful student vibe. I will definitely be returning to Bristol when I can. Not only did…

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#WriteMentor 2019

I am delighted to announce I am offering a writer the opportunity to work with me as part of this year’s #Write Mentor programme. #Write Mentor gives a pre-agented writer the chance to work with a published author.  I am offering one writer the chance to work with me on their query package which will include the first three chapters…

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The Riff Riff
News, Thoughts on writing

The Riff Riff Podcast

A few weeks ago I set off for Battersea studios to record a podcast interview with The Riff Raff. The Riff Riff are a writing community founded by Amy Baker and Rosy Edwards. They have a podcast, host live events and even have a mentoring scheme. If you’d like to listen to my writing advice and hear me talking more…

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Emily Critchley

Ten things I’d like my readers to know about me

‘Ten things I’d like my readers to know about me’ was published on Female First, August 2018. 1. I wanted to write a humorous novel about the absurdity of ordinary suburban lives. I decided to write from the perspective of a unique thirteen year-old girl called Lou. I set Notes on My Family in Essex, in the town where…

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