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

She has won the Graeme Lay Short Story Competition, and received the Lilian Ida Smith Award. 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.

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

Leanne’s ancestors came from Dalmatia and Yorkshire. She was born in Kirikiriroa and now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau in the rohe of Ngāti Whātua, where she works as a librarian. She holds a Master of Creative Writing (First Class Honours) from AUT Auckland University of Technology Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau. Instagram Twitter


Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf Hailman Review

Lucy Writers Platform Hailman Review

Lucy Writers Platform Interview

Radio New Zealand, Standing Room Only Hailman Interview

takahē magazine Hailman Review

Radio New Zealand, Standing Room Only First fox Interview

TSS Publishing, UK

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

Books and Beyond, Planet FM, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland