Royston author Emma Anderson was invited to Parliament for World Down Syndrome Day.

Emma, who just turned 40 and has Down Syndrome, wrote I, Emma with help from her mum Mirka, who is also her carer.

In her book, Emma describes her life experiences, including exhibiting her artwork at the Tate.

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald arranged for Emma and Mirka to present the book to the All Party Group for Downs, led by Sir Liam Fox MP, on March 19.

The All Party Group was instrumental in bringing forward the Down Syndrome Act 2022.

Sir Oliver first met Mirka 30 years ago, when he helped press for mainstream schooling for Emma.

Mirka said: "We were honoured to be invited to Parliament by Sir Oliver and to be able to present Emma and her book I, Emma to the All Party Group. 

"A copy was donated to the Parliamentary Library.

"We were especially honoured that it took place in  the middle of Down Syndrome Awareness Week - making it a double celebration of the Down Syndrome community and their very special contribution to our society."

Emma wrote the book by dictating it to her mother. It follows her childhood, including her family dynamics with sisters Caroline and Sophie, her early interest in the arts and the development of her unique style.

A description of the book reads: "This book is not just a biography; it's a heartfelt tribute to Emma's extraordinary life as an artist, her remarkable triumphs and her indomitable spirit in the face of challenges.

"It's a narrative that intertwines personal anecdotes, emotional depth and inspiring moments, providing a holistic view of Emma's life and her impact on those around her."


In 2017, Mirka made a documentary film about Emma called The Sky's the Limit, which aims to alter perceptions of people with Down Syndrome and has won multiple awards.

Speaking about the book, Mirka said: "She dictated the book to me - her mother and carer - to show people that where there is a will there is a way!"

I, Emma is available to buy from Amazon.