Last Thursday 7 April, the Poetry Cafe in London held the Poets at 3 event. The afternoon line-up was full with 30 poets reading. There was a loose theme of ‘Rain’ to match the spring weather in London, but I chose to read my poem ‘Warfare’ from my recently published collection, A Model Archaeologist. You can watch a video of my reading above.
Poets in the afternoon is a monthly event held by the Poetry Society, although as I work in a secondary school, I don’t often have the chance to attend afternoon open mic sessions. With a relaxing two week break from my day job as an English support teacher, I took the opportunity to read. Here’s my photo album of all the poets reading on the afternoon.
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.
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Leilanie is an outstanding poet!
Thank you, Dr. Subhendu, that’s very kind of you!