“These poems contain razor sharp observation, both funny and dark at once, this is a startling debut and Joliffe is one to watch.” – Salena Godden
Where do you call home?
Wherever we live, we all weave stories into places, draw ghost-maps of memories that we overlay on them, thick as cobwebs, light as air. Everyone’s maps are different.
This collection starts with poems of place, firmly pinned to the map, and then widens out, until we have poems that have no place at all, and are themselves citizens of nowhere.
Citizen of Nowhere is for anyone who’s ever felt a sense of being home, amongst the singing sirens of the city or in the calm of a quiet place.
It is also for anyone who has felt stateless: able to transcend the lines on a map, the borders and barbed wire, and connect to other humans everywhere.
Emma Joliffe likes to tell stories, sometimes in others’ voices. She writes bittersweet poems with humour, hope and humanity.
Emma has performed her work at gigs and festivals all over the country, winning slams, and appearing on channel 4’s Random Acts. Wherever she performs, from school assemblies to the upstairs of pubs, she always takes audiences on an emotional journey.A teacher and creative learning consultant, she is passionate about working with young people to help them find their voice and tell their stories. She lives with her partner by the sea and longs to own a dog.
“Citizen Of Nowhere is a beautiful poetry collection, Joliffe has written from the heart and soul of everywhere”
“These poems take you on an extraordinary journey, Citizen Of Nowhere is a citizen of the here and the now, a brilliant debut.”