Recently at my day job (as those of you who have been following my blog, or are connected with me on LinkedIn or Facebook know, I work in secondary education by day, and lead my literary life by night) children’s author, Caroline Lawrence visited with words of inspiration for the youngsters, not to mention a fresh perspective for the adults.

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Her motivational words for the budding young writers included talking about how her love of ancient Greek and Latin kick-started the idea for her Roman Mysteries novels and how, in order to write a successful storyline, she always follows her 7 plot beats. What impressed me the most is how she engaged with the pre-teen audience: sharing fascinating facts about Pompeii and humorous Latin inscriptions to entertain and educate the children.

Needless to say, there was a stampede in the aisle to get signed copies of her books after the event. I had also noticed quite a few girls, and some boys, in the audience jotting down her writing tips as she spoke: maybe a few more archaeological tales might be following from the young creative minds over the coming weeks – let’s see!


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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