Hello and welcome!  I’m Leone, a writer, artist, teacher and researcher based in the beautiful Holme Valley in Yorkshire.

I’ve always been fascinated by stories and how we make them up, which led me to complete my PhD at the Manchester Writing School in 2024.  My research explored how writers create and think about AI characterslike robots or talking computers.  Using ideas from something called posthumanism (a way of thinking that encourages us to look beyond traditional views of what it means to be human), I set out to discover how we could make sure these AI characters do not reinforce old, harmful ideas about gender.  In other words, I tried to work out how storytellers can avoid making these characters too much like humans, especially in ways that could lead to misunderstandings about what boys and girls (or men and women) can do or be.

The areas of storytelling I’m most interested in are children’s fiction and screenwriting.  I love crafting stories that ignite young imaginations and bringing them to life with illustrations.  I also enjoy helping other people with their creative writing, and I spend a good deal of my time teaching, and giving feedback on scripts, which I’ve been doing for over a decade.

Beyond that, I have a passion for botanical painting, poetry, and a growing interest in science fiction.  Of course, I also love to read.  In fact, I think reading is one of the most important things you can do if you want to get better at writing.

At the moment, I’m working on various projects that blend these interests.  I’m hoping to create new worlds and characters that inspire and entertain, and which will lead me to new areas of research.  Whether you’re a young reader, a fellow writer, or just curious about the magic of storytelling, I hope you find something here that sparks your imagination and encourages you to go on reading, writing, and celebrating the myriad of narratives we humans create.