Emma Greenwood is the Green Columnist and Fashion Editor at Liberti magazine. She’s spent most of her life in charity shops tracking down vintage pre-loved chic. Her greatest green/fashion regret is not buying an original 70’s black nylon all-in-one trouser suit with diamante jazzle and enormous flares. She eats the end of the cucumber, has recently taken the plunge to become vegetarian and only buys non-slave chocolate. When she’s not writing for Liberti, Emma is foot to the pedal with her current work in progress, a high-octane young adult protest novel about arson and teen militancy which was long listed for the Mslexia Children’s Novel Prize 2012. Emma is married to comedy guy Mark Greenwood and has two young children.
Most embarrassing moment.
Wearing a halter-neck swimsuit, diving into a pool in front of a handsome lifeguard, then discovering the halter-neck had turned breast-thong.
Who is your hero?
I always find this a hard one because people are so imperfect. I like certain aspects of a character and dislike others. I admire strong women: Elizabeth I, Emmeline Pankhurst (suffragette leader), and Madonna, but they all have faults (some more glaring than others!).
So many. Um… This year it’s been The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Such a strong concept: a world with men who hear each others’ thoughts as if they spoke them out loud; constant noise, but no misunderstandings, everything’s out in the open. The women’s thoughts are secret though, you can’t hear them at all.
Topiary. April and May are all about clipping. I’ve got box balls and spirals and cones and standards, but no peacocks…yet!
What inspires you?
People who attack life head on. I’m particularly loving Lucy Holmes and her No More Page 3 campaign at the moment.