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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. 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 ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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