Emma Farry (she/her) is a Lebanese/Scottish author and entrepreneur who lives in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her award winning books Beloved and Freedom Song have been used as resources for mental wellbeing. They are designed to provide comfort and support to those navigating difficult times.
She teaches mindfulness and meditation to women in crisis, through her work with Shakti International, a care group for migrant women facing domestic violence and also through Women’s Refuge NZ and the Auckland Women's Centre and at various schools.
Emma is currently at work on her second novel. Her first, Redemption, was published in New York in 2001. She is an alum of Otago and Canterbury Universities where she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism. She has worked in journalism the UK, Malaysia and, New Zealand.
She draws strength from her rich Lebanese heritage as well as the Scottish determination and Celtic love for nature she inherited from her mum.
Emma acknowledges Tikanga Māori and the kaitiaki (guardianship) of the tangata whenua in their protection of Muriwai Beach where she lives. She pays respect to them and their elders, past, present and future.
Emma's books Beloved and Freedom Song are a representation of her values through words. Her journey of loss and grief and finding grounding and connection through the chaos has helped her understand the importance of acknowledging challenging emotions and finding peace within.
Recently launched 'Mental Health Conversations' Podcast
Emma is working with Ayesha Asif, her Communications and Marketing manager on a series of Podcasts "Mental Health Conversations", giving people the tools to access their inner riches. The podcast aims to teach self-compassion and shares tools that help us to connect more deeply with ourselves and our world through meditation and grounding exercises.
Some Facts About Emma:
- Her first novel "Redemption" was published in New York by Face to Face Press in 2002. You can still buy it on Amazon.
- Emma is a keen photographer and all images on her social media channels and those featured in her book 'Beloved' are her originals.
- Emma has meditated every day since 1997, and still feels like a beginner in this practice. The deep benefits she receives from meditation are something she wants to share with the world.
- Emma and her friends started Saama, New Zealand’s first multi-cultural talent agency.
- Emma is a Reiki master.
- After her post-graduate diploma in journalism, Emma worked at her first newspaper job at the Otago Daily Times in Dunedin. Back then journalists wrote their stories on typewriters, people still smoked at work and the bosses were all male.