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Name Leila Rasheed
User Name Steerpike`s sister
Home Page www.usborne.co.uk/bathsheba
Specialism Fiction
Groups Teachers Group   Creative Writing Teachers Group  
Location Other EU
Interests YA, 9-12, picture books: children`s books, books read by children, chooks and bildren...
Profile I have three children`s books published by Usborne, and a fourth was a special commission by the Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival. My agent is Julia Churchill at The Greenhouse Agency. I teach writing at Warwick University (and elsewhere on occasion). At the moment I spend a lot of time in Italy, where my parents in law run a very affordable self-catering retreat for anyone engaged on artistic or academic work: http://wassardelea.blogspot.com/

Published Works

  Steerpike`s sister's (a.k.a. Leila Rasheed, Michael Rose-Steel, Ziqian Chan, Victoria Heath)   Heaventree New Poets Volume 3 is published . (Available Now)
  • Contemporary poetry, third in the Heaventree Press New Poets series of pamphlets.

  •   Steerpike`s sister's (a.k.a. Leila Rasheed)   Chips, Beans and Limousines: The Fantastic Diary of Bathsheba Clarice de Trop! is published . (Available Now)
  • A funny, diary-style novel, aimed at 9 - 11 year old girls. Chips is due out in Feb 2008 from Usborne Fiction, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon - click through for a good synopsis.

  • Personal Blog Posts

     From the Bookseller This article in the Bookseller (the industry magazine for booksellers (duh :)) ) is depressing reading, but there's a good deal of truth in it: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/childrens-publishing-haemorrhaging-talent.html...
    ( from http://thewritingden.webs.com/apps/blog/...)
     Hallelujah... I spent the last half of last year writing the first draft of a novel which I'd hoped would be taken by a certain publisher. Blimey, it was like pulling teeth. The publisher turned out not to want it after all, and though my agent was still interested...
    ( from http://thewritingden.webs.com/apps/blog/...)
     The latest installment in the Epic Saga of the Bit of Land Yesterday was a bit of a lost cause as far as work goes, not so much for me as for my husband, who had to spend the whole day dealing with it. We were woken by my father-in-law ringing the doorbell, and the noise of a jack-hammer under our balcony. Turns ...
    ( from http://italybymistake.wordpress.com/2011...)

    Latest Work

    Thunderbolts of Zeus Part 5 by Steerpike`s sister Word Count: 1624

    This is the point at which I think the archaeology/ history might become a bit hard to follow. I have thought of a way to simplify it if necessary, but would really help to know if you found the history confusing. 
    6 Feb 2011

    Wild Dog Winter by Steerpike`s sister Word Count: 2476

    Synopsis: 16 year old Joo Russell's life is turned upside down when her father leaves to live with another woman. She obssessively tries to get him back, and drives her friends away in the process. It is only when her Italian mother decides to go on a winter holiday to find her roots, that Joo manages to finally find closure. 
    21 Apr 2010

    Moon Rabbit version 2 by Steerpike`s sister Word Count: 210

    Have tried to develop the ending so it is less abrupt. 
    22 Aug 2008

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