Money for Writing Lies

Louisa Leontiades On Writing, On Writing-General

There’s an argument afoot that the changes should come from the top. That we have no chance of making it in this world “when society rewards lying and cheating, and punishes whistleblowers”. Honesty in our society is not rewarded.

A Recovering Yummy Mummy

Louisa Leontiades Beastly & Beautiful, Cultural & Political, Swedish Living

Richmond in the outskirts of London is a simply beautiful town. It nestles on the bank of the Thames with a the biggest park in Europe containing deer, nature walks and the most breathtaking view from Pembroke Lodge (throw in a few scones with jam and cream from their coffee shop and you’d make even the Gods on Mount Olympus jealous). We …

God Moves in Mysterious Ways

Louisa Leontiades Complicated Roots, Maternal Narcissism

But here was another curious thing. My parents were together in the same room. Yet they were divorced. My father was around a lot more often in my dream, it seemed. And they were going to the supermarket together. What was that all about?

Birth Trauma

Louisa Leontiades Birth, Complicated Roots, Parenting-General

Pethidine locked me away in my own pain prison far away from the delivery room. I rocked myself moaning quietly in the foetal position whilst blue shadows flitted across the room ignoring me, now I was ‘manageable’ and in an altered state of reality.

The Maternal Narcissist

Louisa Leontiades Complicated Roots, Maternal Narcissism

If I were to tell people my schooling was paid by three scholarships they might smile politely. If I were to tell them I studied piano for 12 years and was accomplished enough to perform in public, they might be impressed. If I were to tell them that I won every form prize in my junior school, won countless competitions for speech and drama, poetry reading, …

What’s your Online Battle Cry…And does anyone care?

Louisa Leontiades On Writing, On Writing-Publicity

The other day I was accused of being sexist because I ‘tweeted’ out against female genital mutilation. The pushback was that I should have apparently been non-gender specific because male genital mutilation in the form of circumcision happens to. My boyfriend said ‘Isn’t that like saying “How dare you sponsor a child in Africa? What about all the children in …