To celebrate National Poetry Day this Thursday 6 October, here’s my reading from my latest poetry collection, A Model Archaeologist.
I’m really delighted with the lovely casebound hardcover of my 80 poem collection. Having a hardcover version also makes for a great memento for my bookshelf at home and as a copy for the British Library for legal deposit, where it’ll be available to peruse in the reading room, if you live in Yorkshire.
Can you tell in this video that I’m actually suffering from an awful strep throat infection? If you compare this video to my others, you’ll notice that I actually sound like I either chain smoke 80 a day (I’m a non smoker, btw) or you’ll hear the weariness in my sigh at the end (lol). I had considered recording the video again, but my throat felt like sandpaper and I might actually have ended up with laryngitis at the effort.
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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