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 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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