Leonie is a poet and writer of narrative nonfiction, memoir and fiction, and lives in Glen Lonan, Argyll. She completed her MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling in 2016. Her travel memoir Marram was published by Sandstone Press in 2020, and her poetry pamphlet Ten Minutes of Weather Away won the Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Award in 2021.She is currently doing a PhD using creative writing research methods to look into Scotland’s ‘deer question’.
Leonie has delivered creative writing workshops to a variety of groups including carers, adult literacy learners, primary school pupils, Gypsy Travellers, ESOL learners and writers’ groups. Leonie has delivered sessions in person and online. She is passionate about exploring sense of place, and sense of belonging in its many forms (including dislocation and unbelonging). Much of her work is influenced by nature and landscape, and connection to the non-human world.
She likes to work in a relaxed embodied way with language, and has enjoyed working in collaboration with artists and musicians, encouraging creative sessions in the outdoors whenever weather and circumstances allow. Leonie is passionate about supporting people to discover and nurture their inner wordsmiths whatever their level of experience.
(Photo credit: Naomi Thomas, Lonan Images)