Leslie Tate

Author and Poet


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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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“I would like to thank you for a thoroughly entertaining and informative evening on 12th April. Everyone has spoken very highly of the event and has said how much they gained from hearing you both speak. You were an inspiration! Thank you so much for taking the trouble to travel such a long distance to

Theresa Richmond, Fosseway Writers Group 24 August 2015

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“Thank you both so much for coming yesterday and for your fascinating talk. It was very much enjoyed by our members – in fact your visit has given me an idea which I shall put in our next Newsletter. I think there may be other people like me who have written a lot (short stories

Meg Jones, Haxby and Wiggington U3A 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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“I have had some very positive feedback from your talk to our group last week. I think everyone enjoyed the afternoon very much.”

Penny Shaw Bushey 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.