Good and bad news this week. Bad first: I have spent my half term week off with three sequential illnesses. I had norovirus on Valentine’s Day night after tidying up behind a student who had vomited in class at the secondary school where I work on the last day of term. Just as I recovered from a bout of the vomiting bug myself, I developed strep throat. I had barely begun to convalesce from this when I was unlucky enough to catch conjunctivitis from my toddler after cleaning his eye myself. But hey, bad luck comes in threes, right? So, hopefully I’ll be on the mend soon. 

Gods of Avalon Road library display

Gods of Avalon Road among a library display for mature reads

News to cheer me up came at the perfect time: my novel Gods of Avalon Road is in the process of being acquired for loan by Libraries Northern Ireland. This is such great news; it’s always lovely to find oneself placed among the stock in a library. Hopefully this will bring my book to a wider range of readers, always the ultimate goal for any writer.


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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