Leanne is the author of short story collections Hailman (2021) and First fox (2017) published by The Emma Press.

She has been a finalist for the Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction, highly commended for the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition, shortlisted for the Sargeson Prize, and longlisted for the Short Fiction/University of Essex Prize. She has won the Graeme Lay Short Story Competition, and received the Lilian Ida Smith Award.

Leanne’s stories have been selected for Best Small Fictions 2021 and Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand. Most recently her stories have appeared in Landfall, ReadingRoom, Short Fiction Journal, and Turbine|Kapohau 20.

Leanne has Dalmatian heritage and was born in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. She now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland where she works as a librarian. She holds a Master of Creative Writing (First Class Honours) from AUT Auckland University of Technology. Instagram Twitter


Lucy Writers Platform Review of Hailman

Lucy Writers Platform Interview

Radio New Zealand, Standing Room Only Interview about Hailman

takahē magazine, Review of Hailman

Radio New Zealand, Standing Room Only Interview about First fox

The Peripatetic Studio, UK Interview

TSS Publishing, UK Interview

Women Rule Writer: literary blog by Nuala O’Connor, Ireland

Books and Beyond, Planet FM, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland