Leone Annabella BettsHello and welcome.  As you’ve no doubt guessed by the name of this website, I am Leone Annabella Betts.  I’m a writer/illustrator, currently based in Yorkshire.  I specialise in children’s illustrations, children’s stories, screenwriting and, more recently, poetry.

Online, I am probably best known as the principal writer/illustrator of the Father Christmas letters at Rooftop Post, which have sold as hard copy in their thousands and been downloaded free in their hundreds of thousands.  Beyond that, I have a broad portfolio and have designed a number of greetings cards and other artworks for various individuals and firms.  I have also co-created three short ebooks for children, including the rhyming Christmas picture book, “Santa’s Cat“.

Over the last few years, I have been pushing my limits as a writer by developing feature-length script ideas with co-writer Keith Dando.  Thus far, our scripts have placed well in a number of international screenwriting competitions and working with a writing partner has taught me to tell stories all over again.  I don’t have as much time for screenwriting as I would like, but hope to free up more in the near future.

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.  If storytelling is what I love best, teaching is very close second.  It has brought me into contact with so many wonderful people and I would lose something special without it.  At the moment, I can be found tutoring online and occasionally lecturing, most recently at the Northern Film School in Leeds.

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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