Leslie Tate

Author and Poet

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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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“We thoroughly enjoyed your visit. Your experience was of tremendous value. We appreciated your passion for good English. Thank you once again for a very informative talk.”

Brian Hammond, convener, Chilterns U3A Writing Group 24 August 2015

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“Thank you so much for a brilliantly informative and enjoyable poetry workshop. It was a fascinating overview of what the poem is, and is not (or perhaps I should say, an overview of the conflicting schools of thought!). You picked a lovely selection of poetry for your handout – and I for one, am certainly

Rosemary Bartholomew, Chair, Hastings Writers’ Group 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

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“Just to say how nice it was to meet you and Sue today and how much we enjoyed your talk. Various comments were made to me about what a good speaker you are and I’m sure you will have given the members of our growing Creative Writing Group much to think about.”

Carol Tacq, Huntingdon U3A 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.