The Robin Hood book launch event was held on Tuesday 24th July at the Centerprise Trust in London. There was a good turnout of contributors reading their published poems from the book. It was great to get back into reading my poetry live – since doing radio and open mic events in Cambridge in 2009, I hadn’t done any readings for an audience. It was also fun to have my work appear alongside some major names in poetry, such as Michael Horovitz, and to learn a thing or two about reading to an audience from great performers such as poet and actor, Keith Chopping.

Contributors at the Robin Hood book launch in London

Alan Morrison, editor of The Robin Hood book is fighting the good fight against austerity. Aside from inspiring readings on the night, there was a sadder note to the evening as we found out that the venue itself, The Centerprise Trust building, is on the soon-to-be-closed list. Hopefully enough funding can be raised to secure such a place that caters to both local and international cultures. It would be a shame to lose a culturally dynamic venue hosting a library, cultural cafe, bookstore and venue for spoken events.

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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