Five of my poems are published in The Open End Magazine this month – a batch inspired by archaeology, genetics with a few rogue wolves thrown in there for good measure. Since nearly all of my recent magazine publications have been based on archaeology themes (such as in Morphrog and Jellyfish Whispers) this brings me to the question…why am I not still working in my former career as a Field Archaeologist?

Digging deep

Digging deep

Archaeology is the study of humanity. Where our ancestors lived, what they ate, what they did. Funny then that during my time working as a professional archaeologist, people were what I was missing! Often I was working in a deep trench or cesspit by myself, digging for eight hours a day with only lunch breaks to catch up with colleagues in our site port-a-cabin. I decided that this was too lonely an occupation and changed career to teach English in Japan, for the now bankrupt Nova corporation.

Keeping my spirits up!

Keeping my spirits up!

The whole time I worked as an archaeologist in Northern Ireland, I never once found gold. But now I’ve found my nugget…working my experiences into my poetry and fiction is a whole lot more satisfying than digging in the dirt on an often fruitless search. This time the rewards are brighter and shinier too. Want proof? Read my debut collection, A Model Archaeologist (available from my publisher Eyewear Publishing and from my online store Meandi Books) and find out more!

Scrubbed up

Scrubbed up

Isn’t it funny where life takes us?

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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