Welcome to Leeds Writers and Poets
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.
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.
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
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
Andrey Pissantchev: I just had "Making Faces at a Baby on the Bus" published in a magazine called "The Weird and Whatnot"! Link: https://www.amazon.com/Weird-Whatnot-July-2019-ebook/dp/B07TZSD426/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1562929448&refinements=p_27%3AThe+Weird+and+Whatnot&s=books&sr=1-1&text=The+Weird+and+Whatnot
Some of you may remember this as the second story I ever submitted, back in 2017. Only took me around 10 submissions to get it out.
Fri 12th Jul 2019 at 12:07