Leanne Moden is a poet, performer and workshop leader, based in Nottingham in the East Midlands.
She has performed at events across the UK and Europe, including WOMAD Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, Sofar Sounds, Stanza Newcastle, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, the Beverley Folk Festival, and Bestival on the Isle of Wight, as well as Prima Vista Festival in Estonia and Dia Mundial de la Poesia in Spain.
Leanne has given performances at the Fourth Wave Feminist Festival in Hackney Downs, Trinity College Cambridge, the Whitworth Museum in Manchester, and she even did a set as part of the TEDx WOMEN talk at UCL in 2016. In 2019, she performed her first solo poetry show as part of PBH's Free Fringe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Leanne also competes in UK poetry slams and she has been a national semi-finalist at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, as well as a finalist at Hammer and Tongue, Poetry Rivals, the Roundhouse Slam, the Axis Slam, the Superheroes of Slam, and the Anti-Slam. She won the Oooh Beehive Slam Semi-Final (2020), the Peterborough Good Shout Slam (2019), and the Cambridge Hammer and Tongue Regional Slam (2012).
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She facilitates creative writing workshops in schools, community centres, libraries and museums, and organises poetry events around the country, including the Paper Crane Poets collective, based in Beeston in Nottinghamshire.
Leanne was Fenland Poet Laureate in 2013, and her first pamphlet, ‘Liaisons’, was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2015.
She is a New Associate at New Perspectives Theatre and is involved in commissions with the Newark Book Festival and Writing East Midlands. She is also part of the team at UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature.
Photo credit: Lizzy Doe Photography
What people are saying about Leanne
“Leanne Moden is a breath of fresh air for an art form so often concentrated on oneself, looking around her with a humorous but curious gaze many can't achieve. Her work is both beautiful and dirty, bold and timid, but at all times open, honest and a joy to hear.”
Hollie McNish, Ted Hughes Award Winning Poet
“She's like a rhyming stand-up...perpetually confused by the world and riffing on the complexities of modern life.” Luke Wright, Fringe First Winning Poet and Broadcaster
"Leanne Moden is a lemon sherbet of a poet. A sugar candy shell masks sharp, delicious surprises fizzing with wit and offering lots of guilty pleasure."
Mark Niel, Milton Keynes Poet Laureate
"Leanne has a razor-sharp eye for detail and a turn of phrase that'll stay with you. [Her] poems are joyous, uplifting and filled with lines that jump out and grab you by the heart."
Jess Green, BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion
“Leanne Moden is a talent well worth watching. With curve ball quips and smart attention to craft she takes poetic social commentary to new audiences.”
Hannah Jane Walker, Apples & Snakes