There’s no better way of finding out that you’ve had work accepted for publication than getting a contributor copy in the post! Last week I came home from work, only to find my copy of Graffiti Issue 12 waiting for me. It was a lovely surprise to see my poem, Embroidery Soul, on page 32. It also cheered me up to read the interview with the editor, Rona Laycock. She described how she’d love to be writing all day everyday, but wrote that ‘unless you strike it lucky with a boy wizard or a sexy misogynist, that means doing a lot of other work’. I’m with you there, Rona! As much as I consider myself fortunate in my day job of running a creative writing group for teenagers, among other pursuits, I often dream (on rainy days like today) of a day when I can write full time. Preferably on a beach somewhere, sitting under a palm tree with my laptop on my knee and my author hubby next to me working on his own projects!


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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