Nowadays I write literary fiction and experimental verse – a world away from dabbling in travel writing which I did when I was in Japan. I worked as an English teacher back in 2004 and I wrote a piece on my hometown, Belfast, for Nova City magazine, a publication aimed at Japanese people who wanted to learn and practice their English. I wrote the article in English, and it was translated into Japanese once it was accepted for publication in the magazine. I tried to keep it short and lively, focusing on the history of Belfast and some of the famous people who come from Northern Ireland, such as the writer C. S. Lewis. The article included a blurb about my background and upbringing in Belfast, along with a family photo, picture of my graduation and a snap of my Archaeology days. My name was misspelled though (Lenanie instead of Leilanie). English might be confusing for Japanese people, since Hiragana and Katakana are phonetic alphabets and English isn’t, but how do they think we feel trying to learn Kanji!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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