I first met Emma through work. She was evaluating some of the theatre projects we were running with young people around mental health. Straight away you could see she was gentle, kind, creative, bright and intellectually challenging… I learnt a lot from Emma! Of course we stayed in touch… I was lucky enough to enjoy Emma’s company regularly at our small Manchester book club. One of my favourite memories was an evening we spent with Emma at her house in Whalley Range. We ate some home-made nibbles, drank wine and stood outside most of the evening in the back yard. It was Halloween and there were fireworks outside. Emma was very happy and had just come through a tough couple of months. Without needing to say anything, we all felt like we were celebrating something. Emma has the broadest collection of friends (all ages, backgrounds, interests). I think this is a great tribute to someone – it reflects how well Emma got on with everyone and found common ground and engaged people. Thinking about you a lot Emma.