Sometimes in life, a writer and poet must struggle with the work-life balance, which can often get knocked askew by things in the real world. In the cold, harsh dawn of reality, the other side of Leilanie Stewart author is fighting a battle that will be going to court in mid-January next year. I have now metamorphosed from writer into litigant in person! Alas, a starving artist must be her own solicitor since there is no such thing as legal aid and court fees are so high in the UK!

A big hairy mess...fighting the legal fight

A big hairy mess…fighting the legal fight

But some things are worth the fight, for if we do not fight for our rights, we lose them.

My poetry and fiction may be on a temporary hiatus as I practise writing non-fiction in the form of legal documents, but I will be back with renewed passion once this 5-month-and-counting-nightmare is over. Keep you posted ✌


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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