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Leela Soma grew up in Madras surrounded by books and relatives who were involved in writing for journals on law and medicine, but she enjoyed writing for fun. Leela’s experience of having moved from Madras to Glasgow has been encapsulated in her collection of poetry, Madras to Milngavie. She’s also written novels and shorts stories and features on her travels.
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Write Now Live Initiative by Penguin Random House for BAME, LGBTQ and Disabled Writers

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Report from Leela Soma October 1st 2016 I was privileged to be selected by Write Now, one of the world’s largest publishing houses,  for their mentorship programme for BAME, LGBTQ and Disabled Writers. Fifty people were selected out of a thousand applicants for their London event. They have two more days in Birmingham and Manchester. […]

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A Summer Story – Full Circle by Leela Soma

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Full Circle Saturday 23 rd. August 1969, a day to remember, forever. They waved me off to my new life in Glasgow. My mum and the whole family. Tears glistened in their eyes, mine filled with tears and a nervous chill spread across my spine as I settled into the Air – India seat. The […]

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First Love – a poem by Leela Soma for Valentine’s Day

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First Love       My first love, teen fresh, skin aglow A pearly sunny summer, so, so slow, Kisses rich, fondles and caresses mellow Our hearts and minds entwined, not low. Your breath on my skin, touch so soft That summer blue, the azure sky, the lot Laughter and love, like a cloying sweet Wonder now, […]

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Diverse Communities with Leela Soma CCA Tue 4 August 2015

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Scottish Writers’ Centre Diverse Communities with Leela Soma CCA Tue 4 August 2015 7pm, Free and unticketed, Clubroom Ages 18+ The SWC is proud to present a ‘Diverse Communities’ open reading event, hosted by Leela Soma. This will be an evening of poetry recitals and short story readings, from members of Scotland’s diverse ethnic communities. […]

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The American Dream? – poem by Leela Soma

Tribes that stayed true to nature, Cherokee, ApacheSioux overpowered decimated and sent to reservationsThe red of their veins in the soil of the nation The blue of the settler’s eyes reflected in the skyThe white of foaming rivers trailing in the shipsOf enslaved men, women and children from Africa They built this nation forged in red, white […]

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Scottish Festival in Buffalo NY – Leela Soma

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Where ever I go to in the world I’m looking for connections. Anything that connects Scotland to the place I am visiting or any connections to India, the land of my birth. Each time I came to Buffalo I tried to find something that reflects that. It makes any travel more interesting, the personal within […]

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The American Association of University Women Book Sale, Buffalo, New York

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I’ve been to a few book sales in Glasgow, ( even one in my school days, bought Anna Karenina to impress all, never got beyond page 20!) especially ones for charity, but this was astonishingly huge in scale in every way. The number of books, two halls, and number of donations, the volunteers and the […]

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Leela Soma: Trip to Canada

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Canada! What excites me about Canada is the familiar yet different feel of the country. Coming from Glasgow, Scotland, I am reminded by every street name, town name of the origins of this country. Wiki:   “Scottish Canadians are people of Scottish descent or heritage living in Canada. As the third-largest ethnic group in Canada and among the first to settle in Canada, Scottish […]

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