Leslie Tate

Author and Poet


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“Thank you for coming and giving us such an enjoyable session. I’ve had very positive feedback from my group already.”

Meg Gardner Petersfield U3A Creative Writing Group 24 August 2015

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“Just an email to say thank you for the presentation you and Sue gave us last Thursday. It was an inspiration to meet you both and you left us with much food for thought and discussion.”

Anne Newhaus, Harlow Writers 24 August 2015

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“On behalf of Swanland U3A, I would like to thank you most sincerely for your presentation ‘A novelist’s view of Creative Writing’ which I know was well received by the audience on Thursday, July 1st. Your talk certainly lived up to its title and was delivered with great style and enthusiasm for the subject, which

Hazel Wood, Swanland U3A 24 August 2015

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“Entrancing, captivating. Seriously – so much insight to enrich my reading and I’d like more events with this quality of speaker. A handout of all the art references would have been even better.” “Excellent. I enjoyed the link between art and writing and especially the writers’ reading and talking through their own work. I’d like

From a Ham Library talk 24 August 2015

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“Thanks very much for your visit to Stoke Library last week, I really enjoyed it. Paul, one of the writers who came along said ‘Thanks for a great day with authors today’.”

Lesley Martin, Coventry Libraries 24 August 2015

Leslie writes:
Working with my wife, Sue Hampton, our talks and workshops focus on:

  • What makes a good book?
  • What inspires original, creative work?
  • How do authors relate to music and art?
  • What’s the difference between poetry and prose?
  • Who are the most interesting modern writers?
  • What voice and point of view does an author or poet use?
  • How does language and character shape plot?
  • How do writers make us pay attention?
  • Why write?

We use pictures, music, handouts and discussion to offer a varied and multi-sensory approach to fiction and poetry. We stress the ‘feeling’ side of fiction, aiming to engage both readers and writers, while giving insights into language, character and technique.
We have also given several creative presentations at festivals.

Get in touch if you want to know more.