Carol Leeming FRSA

Location
Leicester, Leicestershire
Genre
Horror, SciFi & Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Other, Performance Poetry, Plays and Scripts, Poetry

Writer Biography

I am a Leicester born, multi-award award-winning author, published poet, director, playwright, dramaturge, screenwriter and tutor. A feature of her work is magic realism narratives, with compelling characters, with distinctive voices from marginalized communities. Carol’s most recent award in 2017 is the East Midlands Outstanding Woman In Arts, Media & Music. Other awards include Ena Young for Poetry Leicester Writers Club 2017, Penfold Award Media Leicester Writers Club 2016 and Writing For Listeners Siobhan Logan Award 2014 Leicester Writers Club. Shortlisted for Imison/Tinniswood Award for Radio Drama Society of Authors/Writers Guild I write articles for Great Central Magazines on the arts, also copy writing for marketing. A script consultant for Seven Five Film.

The first edition of my self published debut chapbook The Declamations of Cool Eye sold out and the second edition will be available shortly. This debut chapbook was launched at a successful screening of her brief film poem, titled Enchanter, it featured the poem Drawing from the chapbook. l later received the Leicester Writers Club Penfold Media Award in 2016 for the film poem. A new second poetry collection is in preparation.

I am currently an Associate Artist as Writer/Director at Curve theatre Leicester. My plays and poetry have been broadcast nationally on BBC Radio 4 Reality Check and New Orleans Walk BBC Radio Leicester. My innovative choreopoem play The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva was staged at Curve theatre for the Cultural Olympiad 2012. I was later appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Carol’s play Vex was performed at Brighton Dome Theatre. My second choreopoem in production for Curve and national touring for 2019 I am an Apples & Snakes poet, I have read at Literary Festivals e.g. Simon Says Festival, Literary Leicester First Story, Leicester New Writing Festival, and Surrey University Poetry Festival 2017.

Bibliography

Selected Publications
The Declamations of Cool Eye by Carol Leeming Selected Poems Poetry debut Chapbook Published by Dare to Diva Sept 2016 Fearless Lestah, Valley Dreamers Highfields Fantasia in Welcome to Leicester Anthology Dahlia Press 2016 Song for Guests Journeys in Translation Project Website https://journeysintranslation.wordpress.com/song-for-guests/ Song for Guests Overland Overseas Poetry Anthology Hidden Stories published by Affective Digital Histories Ed. Corinne fowler Choreopoem Love The Life You Live…Live The Life You Love 2015 http://phoenixleicester.tictail.com Storm poem also published in Crystal Voices: 10 Years of Crystal Clear Creators Anthology Ed. Maria Taylor 2015 ‘Storm’ published in a limited edition literary magazine Hearing Voices published by Crystal Clear Creators Editor Maria Taylor Vol. 1 http://www.crystalclearcreators.org.uk/pages/publications.html Highfields Fantasia & ‘Valley Dreamers’ featured in a ground breaking Anthology -Out of Bounds Black & Asian Poets Edited by Jackie Kay published by Bloodaxe Online/E Publishing & Other Landmark poem Molly’s Letter International Womens’ Celebration Day Leicester University displayed outside George Porter Building on Campus Poem ‘Beating Butterflies’ published in‘ The Hat You Wear’ Manchester Independent Book Sampler Poetry Literature North & Comma Press Kindle Amazon 2012 http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B0089O7ZBQ/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 Other Roles & Editing: Foreword Writer Birds Without Sky Poetry Collection by Malka al –Haddad published by Hammond House 2017 Copy Editor & Writer Mainstream Partnership Communications, East Midlands E Newsletters & Brochures Press Releases etc. (7 years) Articles Publications: Oxford Academic University Press Contemporary Women’s Writing Black Women Writer Black Arts Brixton 80’s https://academic.oup.com/cww/article/2972851/Women, Contributor Arts Music articles Great Central Magazine Leicester Writer /Contributor FD2D Magazine Print & Online Leicester & East Midlands Arts Reviewer Box Magazine Print Leicester Arts Reviewer A.N Magazine Print & Online International
Contributed To
Other Roles Articles & Editing: Foreword Writer Birds Without Sky Poetry Collection by Malka al –Haddad published by Hammond House 2017 Great Central Magazine Articles Arts & Music Copy Editor & Writer Mainstream Partnership Communications, East Midlands E Newsletters & Brochures Press Releases etc. 7 years Oxford Academic University Press Contemporary Women’s Writing Black Women Writer Black Arts Brixton 80’s https://academic.oup.com/cww/article/2972851/Women, Writer /Contributor FD2D Magazine Print & Online Leicester & East Midlands Arts Reviewer Box Magazine Print Leicester Arts Reviewer A.N Magazine Print & Online International https://www.a-n.co.uk/join_in/article/133837
Performances & Workshops
Surrey University Poetry Festival 2017 Welcome to Leicester Readings African Caribbean Centre 2017 Overland Oversea Readings DMU 2016 Everybodys Reading Event Attenborugh Centre 2014 SPRING & AUTUMN Poetry Events Embrace Arts 2013 & debut performance ‘Autumn’ Choreopoem 2014 Guest Poet Shindig Event Nine Arches Press The Western Out of Bounds Poetry Anthology Bloodaxe Renaissance One Book Launch London National Library 2013 Poetry Brothel Strawberry Fields Festival Leicestershire 2013 The Naked Company Film Launch Exchange Bar Leicester 2013 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva A Choreopoem Cultural Leicester University Literary Festival Fringe Event Grassroutes Project Olympiad Show Curve Theatre Leicester 2012 Brightside Leicester Word Leicester Y theatre Black Drop Nottingham Speak Easy Nottingham Black Science and Culture Festival National Space Centre Leicester Taste Festival, recorded and broadcast BBC Radio Leicester Black History Season 2004 Writing School, Adult Education Leicester Love in the 21st Century - Performances Leicester Haymarket Theatre Beltane Fayre Festival - Poetry Marquee Motte Leicester The Big Session Folk Festival – Beat Route Poetry Tent De Montfort Hall Images of Women March 2007 Soundswrite Women’s Poetry Group Peepul Centre Pinggg…K! Poetry Night Leicester Duffys Bar Workshops De Montfort University Local Student Poetry Workshop 2016 Embrace Arts & Curator Bobba Cass SPRING & FALL Events 2013 Crystal Clear Creators Young Peoples Poetry Group Leicester City Council Literature Officer Coventry City Council Reader in Literature Soundswrite Womens Poetry Group Leicester BBC Radio Leicester Writing School Leicester Soundscapes Poetry Course & NAWE Conference Presentation with Val Moore Apples & Snakes East Midlands Performance Poets Course Radio Drama Plays Writing School Leicester Apples & Snakes Black Readers & Writers Group spoken Word Performance Poetry Lichfield West Midlands
Prizes & Awards
Leicester Writers Club Ena Young Poetry 2017 East Midlands Womens'Award Outstanding Woman in Arts Music & Media 2017 Leicester Writers Club Penfold Award Media 2016 Leicester Writers Club Siobhan Logan Award Writing for Listeners 2014 Society of Authors/Writers Guild Imison/Tinniswood Award shortlisted First Time Radio Playwrights African Caribbean Citizens Forum Lifetime Achievement Award contribution to Arts & Entertainment African Caribbean Citizens Award Contribution to Arts & Entertainment Winner Margret Penfold Award for Media Film Poem Enchanter Leicester Writers Club 2016 Winner Siobhan Logan Award Leicester Writers Club Writing for Listeners 2014 Shortlisted Award Richard Imision/Tinniswood for a first Radio Play ‘Reality Check Society of Authors & Writers Guild 2005

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  • Teaching
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  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    Introduction to Screen Writing Certificate University of East Anglia Screenplay Writing, Film Making, Acting Phoenix Digital Media Centre Film School Bernadine Evaristo Workshop Prose Centre for New Writing Leicester University Poetry Business Peter & Anne Sansom Workshop Poetry North DMU Fox Spirit Press Guide to Publishing Options Course Adele Wearing Inscribe Mentoring Dorothea Smartt & Kadija George Editing Poetry & Literary CV Benji Reid Dramaturge Poetry Physical Theatre Dalgit Nagra Poetry Workshop Kala Kahani & 2 Funky Arts Noel Grieg Dramaturgy-Creative Writing Sol B Rivers Playwriting Course Kay Adshead Playwriting Mentoring Anjan Saha Fiction Writing Tiata Fadhozi Devising Drama Member De Montfort University N-Lab Seminar Group (Digital Narrative) Member NAWE National Association of Writers in Education Amplified Leicester Social Media De Montfort University Member of Transliteracy Network De Montfort University BBC Radio Play & Situation Comedy Writing Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze Mentor Poetry De Montfort University Screen Writing E Media Writers Day Speculative Fiction, Fantasy and Magic Writing the Future, The Past & Other Worlds WEM

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    Artist Website
    www.daretodiva.org