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About Leah

With warmth and passion, I use spoken word poetry, autobiography and film to expose and challenge harsh realities of climate crisis, genocide, sexism and racism.


In collaboration with filmmakers and musicians, I have made award-winning poetry films that have been screened at feminist, eco, Jewish and poetry film festivals internationally.

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As a facilitator, I have extensive experience of leading poetry and expressive writing workshops nationally in arts venues, mental health facilities, women’s groups, community settings, schools and prisons. My facilitation style is rooted in my writing and performance practice, a background in psychology and 49 years of using and teaching peer-counselling.

In 2012 I was a Winston Churchill Travel Fellow, visiting women's prisons in the USA with poets & theatre companies. In 2013 I received a Royal Society for Public Health Award for my contribution to Creative Arts & the Criminal Justice System.

I have an MA in ‘Creative Writing & Personal Development’ from Sussex University. I am an International Fellow of the ImpACT research group, University of East Anglia School of Health Sciences & a former Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Keele University.

In 2016 I was Kent Creative Champion of the Year.

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