The Beltane Spring Fayre Group

In Association With the Leicester Pagan Alliance

:: Carol Leeming::

Carol Leeming 


  • Her poetry started as a by-product of her singing and music. Some performances took place in the 80s at black women's events, but she really began at "The Word", run by Steve Carroll of Apples & Snakes in 2002/2003.
  • Carol performed and gave workshops on National Poetry Day, 2003 and 2004, for both Leicester and Coventry City Councils' Literature Development departments. For 2004 she wrote a poem specially written on the theme of Food for the National Poetry Society.
  • She gave performances on the East Midlands poetry circuit at the "Speak Easy" and “Black Drop”, Nottingham; and at the National Space Centre, Leicester, for the launch of the Black Science and Culture Festival 2005. Her poetry was read as part of the Taste Festival, recorded and broadcast by BBC Leicester.
  • Carol was a tutor to an East Midlands performance poets' course at Leicester College for Apples & Snakes.
  • She commissioned and contributed poetry for Leicester City Council's Public Art LED installation Sacred Spaces, for Black History 2005.
  • Carol is planning to publish poetry and tour in 2006.
  • She is an active playwright and teacher of writing. Her mentor is Jean “Binta” Breeze.
  • Regional Learning Advisor for First Stage BME (Black Minority Ethnic) theatre training scheme.
  • Worked with Noel Greig in the Creative Writing Workshops.
  • Playwriting course for Sol B Rivers (ACE).
  • Scene Writing course with Esther Phillips (Theatre Writing Partnership): Drama Turge/Literary Manager.
  • BBC writing workshops: writing for radio drama, and writing situation comedy (BBC3).
  • Attended Playwriting workshop with Kate Adshead at Leicester Haymarket, part of the “Post 25” group based there.
  • Founder and member of LACAF (Leicester Afro-Caribbean Arts Forum) Creative Writer's group.
  • Workshop with Jasmine Johnson, published novelist.
  • Co-wrote, produced and directed “Women in Pain” at Leicester Haymarket.
  • Wrote “Reality Check”, a play broadcast on Radio4 in May 2005 as part of BBC Roots - Stages and Sound, which was well received by the press.
  • Currently receiving an Encouragement Busrary for Leicester Haymarket.

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