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.


  • Chris Kenworthy

    Chris Kenworthy: Our writing competition 2019 is now live. The theme is 'context'. Deadline, word count and inspiration here: http://bit.ly/LWAPCOMP2019

    Sun 3rd Nov 2019 at 16:02

  • Mark James Barrett

    Mark James Barrett: Hi there, if you are intending to come to the LWAP (late) Summer get together on Saturday, could you please let me know. The forecast is good, looking forward to seeing you those that can make it. Thanks.

    Mon 16th Sep 2019 at 10:14

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Someone left there phone in the room, I think it might have been you Amanda. Tried to call it to make sure but realised you'd left the WhatsApp group and we didn't have your number. It's behind the bar now though

    Thu 22th Aug 2019 at 22:21

    • Amanda

      Amanda: Hello. I did pick it up thank you!!!! Such a scatterbrain.

      Thu 12th Sep 2019 at 08:58

  • Amanda

    Amanda: Hello I’m coming tonight but may be 15 mins late....

    Thu 22th Aug 2019 at 16:21

  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: Should I have had the call for submissions for Thursday? Not seen it yet.

    Sun 18th Aug 2019 at 09:44

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I just sent it out. Sorry for the delay!

      Sun 18th Aug 2019 at 14:12

  • Amanda

    Amanda: Hello i can’t make the session tonight.... 8th Aug ..... I’ve been struck down with a sickness bug?? I have feedback for Adam and Ian and will pass on next time. Sorry to let you down!

    Thu 8th Aug 2019 at 14:55

  • Amanda

    Amanda: Hello i can’t make the session tonight.... 8th Aug ..... I’ve been struck down with a sickness bug?? I have feedback for Adam and Ian and will pass on next time. Sorry to let you down!

    Thu 8th Aug 2019 at 14:55

  • Mark James Barrett

    Mark James Barrett: The LWAP Summer Party has now been postponed until Saturday 21st September. Thank you.

    Thu 25th Jul 2019 at 12:14

  • Kat

    Kat: Good morning,

    I hope this finds you well. I’m writing to invite you to contribute a piece of writing to Leeds/Dortmund 50, a literature project I’m running in collaboration with Leeds 2023 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the twinning up of Leeds and Dortmund (Germany).

    Leeds/Dortmund 50 brings together a number of writers and writers’ groups from both our cities, resulting in a festival at Chapel FM at the beginning of October this year. The project originated in Writers in Transit, a poetry dialogue between myself and the Dortmund poet Ralf Thenior. For more information: https://www.leedsdortmund50.com/

    Sadly I don’t have the capacity at this stage of the project to involve as many writers as I would wish in direct exchanges, but I do warmly extend this invitation:

    If you’d like to be involved in Leeds/Dortmund 50, you are invited to contribute a new piece of writing (in any form) on the theme of Neighbourhood. Your own neighbourhood, an imagined neighbourhood, neighbourhood as a concept, what separates or unites neighbours, walls and bridges - anything that works for you.

    The deadline is Friday August 16th.

    On the way there, I can offer two free writing sessions on the theme: Thurs 4th and Thurs 25th July, 7.30-9.30pm, Chapel FM. Obviously these are entirely optional.

    Once I have all the writing in my sweaty grasp, I will schedule an event for the festival in which all the pieces can be read in an atmospheric and intimate context upstairs in Studio 3. (I’m thinking along the lines of Radioh Europa, recently seen in the Transform Festival). I will also try and get as many of the pieces as possible translated into German, but that depends on how many pieces we have and how many translators I can arm-twist. We hope to have a sizeable listening audience in Germany.

    All you have to do at this stage is, first, let me know you’d like to contribute, then write the poem/fiction or whatever it turns to be. No word limit, but not a novel!

    I really hope you can be part of this international cross-border project,

    All best, Peter.


    Mon 22th Jul 2019 at 12:39

  • Mark James Barrett

    Mark James Barrett: Some of you aren't on the WhatsApp group so I thought I'd better post here as well just in case: LWAP Summer Party at my place on Saturday 27th July from 4pm. All are welcome.

    Fri 12th Jul 2019 at 12:30