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 a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). 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 and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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