I recently read her newly published collection by Peepal Tree Press and fell in love with it. If you are looking for a new read, I highly recommend Come Let Us Sing Anyway.
Especially, if you are a writer, I also suggest that you follow Leone Ross on Twitter because she is doing a unique meme series called #TheArtOfTheSentence. Those little memes carry with them invaluable tips for your writer’s toolbox. She’s also put together a meme series #TheStoryBehindTheStory, a set of tiny interviews pertaining to each story in her Come Let Us Sing Anyway collection, well…all but one story.
OH! And, as if it just couldn’t get any better, stay tuned to the very end of the interview because Leone reads a beautiful snippet from, “And You Know This” as featured in her wonderful collection.
Leone Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor, journalist and academic of Jamaican and Scottish ancestry. She was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All The Blood Is Red was long-listed for the Orange Prize, her second novel, Orange Laughter was chosen as a BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour Watershed Fiction favorite. In 2015, Leone was one of three judges for the Manchester Prize for Fiction.
From headless schoolgirls, to talking food and threesomes, pretty much anything can happen in these witty, weird and wonderful short stories by Leone Ross. Ranging from flash fiction to intense psychological drama, magical realism, horror and erotica, these strange, clever, frank and sometimes very funny stories have a serious side too. Carefully crafted over 15 years, they explore unbounded sexualities, a vision of the fluidity of the person, and politics – from the deaths of black people at the hands of the police, to the deep shifts that signal the subtle changes in the nature of capitalism and much more. These stories may sometimes tickle, sometimes shock; but will always engage both the intellect and the heart.