There’s no better way of finding out that you’ve had work accepted for publication than getting a contributor copy in the post! Last week I came home from work, only to find my copy of Graffiti Issue 12 waiting for me. It was a lovely surprise to see my poem, Embroidery Soul, on page 32. It also cheered me up to read the interview with the editor, Rona Laycock. She described how she’d love to be writing all day everyday, but wrote that ‘unless you strike it lucky with a boy wizard or a sexy misogynist, that means doing a lot of other work’. I’m with you there, Rona! As much as I consider myself fortunate in my day job of running a creative writing group for teenagers, among other pursuits, I often dream (on rainy days like today) of a day when I can write full time. Preferably on a beach somewhere, sitting under a palm tree with my laptop on my knee and my author hubby next to me working on his own projects!

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: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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