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Leone Annabella BettsHello and welcome.  As you’ve no doubt guessed by the name of this website, I am Leone Annabella Betts.  I tend to use my whole name rather than just the first and second because when people see “Leone Betts” by itself, they’re often unsure of my gender.  Maybe that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things… but I think names should probably mean more than they do and it’s nice to think that if you read mine, at the very least you can tell that I’m female.  Apart from being a woman and slightly obsessive about language, I’m a writer/illustrator, currently based in Yorkshire.  I specialise in botanical painting, children’s illustrations, children’s stories, screenwriting and, more recently, poetry.

When I’m feeling brave, I also teach.  Or more officially, I lecture.  It isn’t really lecturing though, not with creative writing.  My classes are more like workshops – everything is about helping students build the very best narratives out of their own, individual story ideas.  My areas of expertise are English and creative writing, with particular emphasis on screenwriting.  At the moment, I can be found lecturing part-time at the Northern Film School in Leeds.

Online, I am probably best known as the principal writer/illustrator of the Father Christmas letters at Rooftop Post. Beyond that, I have a broad portfolio and have designed a number of greetings cards and other artworks for various individuals and firms.  In 2013 I co-created three short books for children, including the rhyming Christmas picture book, “Santa’s Cat“.

Over the last couple of years, I have also been developing feature-length script ideas with co-writer Keith Dando.  I don’t have as much time for screenwriting as I would like, but hope to free up more in the near future.

What is the point of this site?

God knows.  Hopefully, not to show off.  I set it up some years ago because I felt I should have a website… without having any real idea of what that website should be for.  Some vague notion of “having a web presence” was floating around in my mind at the time and occasionally still does.  I gave Facebook a go but didn’t like it.  Twitter I liked a lot more but fitting my comments into such a tiny number of characters sometimes makes me feel fit to burst.  On the other hand, I’m not a blogger.  The moment I tell myself I have to write a coherent article about anything that actually matters, writer’s block descends.  Which brings me back to this site.  The fact that it doesn’t have to be anything in particular is the reason it works.  For me, that is.  Whether it works for you as a reader is another question altogether but even if it’s not what you were looking for, I hope I haven’t bored you and thank you very much for stopping by.

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