The energy and images in this intriguing debut reflect the innocence and anxieties of a student facing an unknown future through the juxtaposition of two unusually distinct paths, as an archaeologist and a glamour model. There is a deceptive simplicity and a subtle, veiled humour in these honest, distinctive and playfully inventive poems.
Leilanie Stewart has a BSc (hons) in Archaeology and Palaeoecology from The Queen’s University of Belfast. She has worked as a Field Archaeologist, a model, an English teacher in Japan and a creative writing tutor in London. Her poems have appeared in Weyfarers, Neon Highway, The Journal, Decanto, Erbacce and Sarasvati among many other magazines.
'Leilanie Stewart has a unique narrative style, with an expressive vivacity and immediacy that radiates joy and a love of life. Her poems have a subtle sense of humour and at times an edge of satire that captures the naïveté of youth.' – Ken W. Simpson