Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert are a married writer/poet couple. This blog aims to promote their publications and spoken word events and to recommend favourite poets or writers from magazines and anthologies in which their work appears. Reviews on literary events and competitions will also be published. The blog is managed by Leilanie Stewart.
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About Leilanie Stewart
I am a writer, poet, editor and literary blogger. I started writing poetry and short stories when I was a child growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My first poem was published in the Write and Shine Regional Anthology 1995 when I was 14. During my undergraduate days, I studied Archaeology and Palaeoecology. My choice of career inspired my work and I have incorporated elements of it into my writing since; my debut poetry pamphlet collection, A Model Archaeologist is available from London-based Eyewear Publishing and from my online shop Meandi Books. I have also published a satirical novella, Zombie Reflux, with archaeological themes and elements of horror.
In 2003, after working for over a year as an Archaeologist in Northern Ireland, I moved to Japan to teach English for 4 years. This career change kick-started my writing which was in a 2 year hiatus. I found that by teaching English grammar to students and by learning to speak Japanese at the same time, I was able to look at language more objectively, which helped my creativity. I also began publishing travel writing pieces in Nova City magazine, during 2004 and again in 2006.
After I moved back to the UK in 2007, I lived in Cambridge. Around 2009, I began publishing my stories and poetry in print and online journals and anthologies in the UK and US. I have also performed my poetry on shows such as 209 Radio Cambridgeshire and at spoken word events in Cambridge.
I continued promoting my work by moving to London in 2010 and getting involved in the poetry scene, through the Poetry Society and promotional events organised by my publisher, Eyewear Books. In addition to writing and promoting my own work, I ran creative writing workshops for gifted and talented young people between the ages of 12 and 19 in secondary schools in South and West London (2011 to 2016). After 6 years in London, I moved back home for a quieter literary life.
I currently live in Belfast with my husband, writer and poet, Joseph Robert. In 2015 I was the poetry editor for Ashmavegh Magazine and I’m currently the Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine (April 2016 to present). My second poetry collection is forthcoming from Canada based publisher, Fowlpox Press, in 2017.