About Us

Leeds Writers and Poets was founded in May 2012 to provide a forum for aspiring writers and poets to gain quality feedback from other people with similar interests.

Our members range widely in age and attitude, and we write everything from sci-fi to romance to poetry to literary fiction.

Our focus is on improvement. So while we would never want to discourage any writer or knock their confidence, this is not the place for writers who only want to be told positive things about their writing.

Where We Meet

In normal times, we meet at the Cardigan Arms. For the foreseeable future, due to the pandemic, we have made all our meetings digital, via Zoom.


Group Achievements

Our anthology has been shortlisted for the National Association of Writers and Groups (NAWG)'s competition every time we participated (2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020).

Member Achievements

Katja Kaine

  • Katja has been shortlisted for the HE Bates Short Story award and published in the Wyrd Stories Anthology and on the Ether Books App.

She has had work published on the following online and print publications:

Adam Wolstenholme

Andrey Pissantchev

He has published several short stories of fantasy and horror in venues such as Every Day Fiction, Idle Ink and others. His first poem appeared in Spectral Realms No.13. You can read more of his work at: https://write.as/andrey-p/

Mark James Barrett