Welcome to Leeds Writers and Poets

Leeds Writers and PoetsLeeds 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.

We are a small group of writers and poets who get together a couple of times a month to give feedback on each other's writing, take part in workshops and generally share the experience of writing.

We have members of all levels, from those who are just starting out to people with several novels under their belt.

We have an ethos of inclusion and support, and welcome writers and poets of all levels of ability – the only pre-requisite is a positive attitude and willingness to give as well as take.


  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: I've just got back from a festival and am working on a late submission for Thursday. Should be in by this afternoon, if you have time for it.

    Tue 7th Aug 2018 at 12:19

    • Kat

      Kat: I have also only just put my submission in...

      Tue 7th Aug 2018 at 20:12

  • Russell Lloyd

    Russell Lloyd: Sorry, folks, away caravaning next week. Hope it goes well??????

    Fri 3rd Aug 2018 at 21:27

  • Kat

    Kat: Sent out the call for submissions already - get me all organised! And Ian is the official moderator this time - so Andrey, better get your timer ready...

    Thu 2nd Aug 2018 at 19:29

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I'm not sure how I feel about being the timer mule for everyone else.

      Sat 4th Aug 2018 at 09:51

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: You don't have to feel, you just have to time

      Sun 5th Aug 2018 at 19:34

    • Kat

      Kat: It's been a while since a comment has made me snort tea out of my nose : )

      Tue 7th Aug 2018 at 20:13

  • Kat

    Kat: Hachette creates new award for northern children's writers
    Published July 13, 2018 by Katherine Cowdrey
    Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) and New Writing North (NWN) are creating a new award for debut children’s writers from the North of England.

    The prize is aimed at debut writers of middle-grade and young teen fiction who currently live and work in the North of England. At stake is a publishing deal for their book with the Hachette Children’s Group, whose fiction list includes authors such as David Almond (Skellig), Cressida Cowell (Wizards of Once and the How To Train Your Dragon series), Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor), Will Mabbitt (Embassy of the Dead), and Patrice Lawrence (Orange Boy).


    Tue 31th Jul 2018 at 09:46

  • Kat

    Kat: A message from Sonam junjuha .
    Email Address Kaurandbaleemcreatives@gmail.com
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in this.. ‘All of the World is a Stage’ We are looking for creative individuals (Artists, writers, musicians) based in Yorkshire to take part in a showcase/exhibition called All of the World is a Stage. There are no limits with content, as the aim of this event is to simply share original content. Both the organisers of this event are passionate about art and writing and we would like to enable others to show their work to the public. As it stands we are planning to hold the event in spring 2019, at Leftbank Leeds however this is subject to change. It is open to anyone however we are conscious of mature content so we would prefer ages 17 and over. If you are interested in participating, know anyone who would like to or have any questions, please contact us as soon as possible. Email: Kaurandbaleemcreatives@gmail.com IG: @kaurandbaleemcreatives

    Tue 31th Jul 2018 at 09:44

  • Kat

    Kat: To Hull and Back writing competition: https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-competition/

    Fri 27th Jul 2018 at 13:17

  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: Thanks for a great do, Mark and family. Looking a bit thin on the ground for Thursday. Might a critique work better? Any thoughts?

    Tue 24th Jul 2018 at 18:11

    • Kat

      Kat: Fine by me - prob a good idea if it's just the three of us : )

      Wed 25th Jul 2018 at 17:32

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I was thinking of making it too, forgot to add myself! Could do it as a critique if there's time for people to send in stuff. (I've got nothing to submit, but I'm happy to just read.)

      Wed 25th Jul 2018 at 18:52

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: Ah. I've just seen these messages. I'd be willing to do a session tomorrow.Would you be able to get a link out tonight Kat?

      Wed 25th Jul 2018 at 19:02

    • Adam Wolstenholme

      Adam Wolstenholme: I could get my submission in by tomorrow afternoon and read the others by the evening, though I'm aware not everyone is on a disgustingly long teachers' holiday ...

      Wed 25th Jul 2018 at 19:46

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: In case Kat isn't able to get a link out, Adam, would you be able to email me your piece tonight? I've jsut remembered i have all your contact details so will send you and Andrey mine now, and we can work backwards from there

      Wed 25th Jul 2018 at 20:32

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: Sorry Adam, i just realised i misread your post and you said you'd be submitting tomorrow, my bad.

      Wed 25th Jul 2018 at 20:38

    • Kat

      Kat: Ye of little faith. Sorting the link out now...

      Wed 25th Jul 2018 at 20:42

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: Hahaha,cheers.

      I have plenty of faith. Mostly in my ability to panic, rush and needlessly complicate the scenario

      Wed 25th Jul 2018 at 20:54

    • Kat

      Kat: The perfect organiser!
      On a different note - I risked putting in a reasonably long piece because there shouldn't be too many submissions today and I'm keen to get your feedback on as much of this novel as possible. If it's too long feel free to stop at any natural breakpoint. Thanks!

      Thu 26th Jul 2018 at 08:45

  • Dan Collins

    Dan Collins: Hi all, just looking at the schedule I see I'm down to do a workshop this Thursday - I'd love to do one but can't do this Thursday I'm afraid - sorry Ian :-(

    Mon 23th Jul 2018 at 18:08

  • Dan Collins

    Dan Collins: Hey Mark, so sorry I couldn't make it on Saturday - I've been really busy at work and completely forgot about having a social life! I haven't been logging into this page, I remembered about your party, logged in hoping I hadn't missed the date, only to discover it I was too late. Thanks for hosting and I will definitely make sure I don't miss the next social! Cheers. Dan

    Mon 23th Jul 2018 at 18:05

  • Mark James Barrett

    Mark James Barrett: Thank you to everyone who was there on Saturday, I had a great time with you all. Has anybody lost a pair of Armani sunglasses? They are in my kitchen!

    Mon 23th Jul 2018 at 10:04

    • Ian Sietniekas

      Ian Sietniekas: Thanks very much for all your hosting prowess, it was a really good day. I think Richard may have been wearing sunglasses when I arrived?

      Mon 23th Jul 2018 at 21:22

    • Richard

      Richard: Nope. If it's sunny for longer than a week I've no chance of keeping hold of my sunglasses; they went at Donny races ages ago.

      Tue 24th Jul 2018 at 07:40