Emma writes of her challenging first year

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A WOMAN who wrote about her action-packed and challenging first year in charge of a Northumberland farm will be signing copies of her new book in Morpeth on Saturday.

Emma Gray was only 23 when she was given the tenancy of Fallowlees Farm in Harwood Forest by the National Trust.

She grew up on her parents’ farm in Hawick in the Scottish Borders and was working as a shepherdess on a farm in Northumberland when she moved to Fallowlees once the heavy snow in December 2009 and January 2010 had cleared.

‘One Girl and Her Dogs’, published today, details the joys and heartbreaks of her initial 12 months at Fallowlees. She had to make some tough decisions in order to make ends meet for her and her four main dogs and the small flock of sheep she kept at the farm. As well as working as a full-time shepherd, she also took part in sheepdog trials around the county (and sometimes further afield), ran her own farm and trained dogs for other people, not to mention trying to keep up a normal life as a 20-something woman.

Emma will be joined at the book signing in Waterstones, which will take place between 2pm and 3pm, by her prize sheepdog Roy and possibly one or two other animals from the farm.