Author photo for The Open End magazine...a multicoloured poet writes multicoloured poems

Author photo for The Open End magazine…a multicoloured poet writes multicoloured poems

Five of my poems are published in The Open End Magazine this month – a batch inspired by archaeology, genetics with a few rogue wolves thrown in there for good measure. Since nearly all of my recent magazine publications have been based on archaeology themes (such as in Morphrog and Jellyfish Whispers) this brings me to the question…why am I not still working in my former career as a Field Archaeologist?

Digging deep

Digging deep

Archaeology is the study of humanity. Where our ancestors lived, what they ate, what they did. Funny then that during my time working as a professional archaeologist, people were what I was missing! Often I was working in a deep trench or cesspit by myself, digging for eight hours a day with only lunch breaks to catch up with colleagues in our site port-a-cabin. I decided that this was too lonely an occupation and changed career to teach English in Japan, for the now bankrupt Nova corporation.

Keeping my spirits up!

Keeping my spirits up!

The whole time I worked as an archaeologist in Northern Ireland, I never once found gold. But now I’ve found my nugget…working my experiences into my poetry and fiction is a whole lot more satisfying than digging in the dirt on an often fruitless search. This time the rewards are brighter and shinier too. Want proof? Read my debut collection, A Model Archaeologist (available from my publisher Eyewear Publishing and from my online store Meandi Books) and find out more!

Scrubbed up

Scrubbed up

Isn’t it funny where life takes us?


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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