Leone Ross is a Jamaican/British fiction writer, editor and academic. She writes literary fiction, magic realism, horror and erotica. She is a two-time novelist and short story writer. Her work has been translated into Spanish, French, Slovak and Turkish. Her first novel, All The Blood Is Red (ARP) was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Literature. The Washington Post described her second novel, Orange Laughter (Picador) as “delicious…”; it was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour Watershed Fiction favourite and named by Wasafiri magazine as one of the most influential British novels of the last 25 years. Her first short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway published in June 2017 (Peepal Tree) was widely acclaimed: the Times Literary Supplement called her  “a pointilliste, a master of detail”. The Guardian called the collection ‘remarkable…searingly empathetic, outrageously funny…”. BBC Radio 4’s Good Read programme said it was “incredible…so sexy.” Ross’s short fiction has been nominated for the V.S Pritchett Prize, Salt Publishing’s Scott Prize, the 2018 Jhalak Prize and was runner up for the 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Collection. The book is presently shortlisted for the prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize. One of Ross’s short stories has just been named among the best thirty chosen for Penguin’s 2018 Best British Contemporary Short Stories collection alongside Zadie Smith, Neil Gaiman and Hilary Mantel (ed Philip Hensher). She has judged several international writing competitions. Ross is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Roehampton University in London, where she is Commissioning Editor for their imprint, Fincham Press.

Further reading

Read: ‘Carousel’ in Pree Magazine

Review: Come Let Us Sing Anyway, The Guardian, July 2017

Follow on Twitter: @leoneross

Writing Prompt: Write the beginning of a story where the main protagonist must return to their hometown.