Sometimes in life, a writer and poet must struggle with the work-life balance, which can often get knocked askew by things in the real world. In the cold, harsh dawn of reality, the other side of Leilanie Stewart author is fighting a battle that will be going to court in mid-January next year. I have now metamorphosed from writer into litigant in person! Alas, a starving artist must be her own solicitor since there is no such thing as legal aid and court fees are so high in the UK!

A big hairy mess...fighting the legal fight

A big hairy mess…fighting the legal fight

But some things are worth the fight, for if we do not fight for our rights, we lose them.

My poetry and fiction may be on a temporary hiatus as I practise writing non-fiction in the form of legal documents, but I will be back with renewed passion once this 5-month-and-counting-nightmare is over. Keep you posted ✌

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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