About Carol Leeming MBE

Poet Playwright Director Singer Songwriter Musician Composer Curator

Speech Bubble Poetry Night Carol Leeming Headlines with Poetry Reading Loughborough University

Carol Leeming MBE FRSA headlined a popular Speech Bubble Poetry Event 9th December 2019 , this a regular event held at Loughborough University in the Students Union building. The Event has two professional poets to headline (the other professional poet was Jamie Thrasivolou) and slots for Creative Writing Students of the University and an Open Mic for other Poetry Spoken Word Guests.

Carol read poems from her sold out debut chapbook The Declamations of Cool Eye, as well as new poems from here forthcoming book The Eclipse of Dread due to be launched published by Dare to Diva in 2020. With a range of poems covering food, football, the elements and the the season of autumn,  all of which was very well received by the audience,

The  Speech Bubble Event was curated by a Student Fellowship Winner Ames, the event was well  supported by an keen attentive younger audience, along with exciting Leicester poets Richard Bowers  (Modern) Cathi Rae (Your Cleaner Hates You) to published by new publisher Soulful Group Publishing.The event was well supported also by  Loughborough  University Staff Nick Slater Director of Arts, along  with Kerry Feathersone Creative Writing Lecturer




Visiting Lecturer: Self Publishing & Vocal Coaching Workshop for Creative Writing Students At De Montfort University Leicester

Carol Leeming MBE FRSA was Visiting Lecturer  at DMU invited by Creative Writing Lecturer and  Celebrated Author Rod Duncan.  This was for third year Creative Writing Degree Students at the University. The topic covered was Creative Writing in relation to  Self Publishing and the publishing sector overall.

Later in the day, the  Students took part in a Vocal Coaching Workshop to help assist and develop their skills reading their own work for public presentation.





Carol Leeming MBE FRSA Leaves Curve Theatre & Joy as Vocal Dialect for the Play Memoirs Of an Asian Casual Wins Asian Media Award

Carol Leeming MBE FRSA has left Curve theatre, after her terrific hard work on My Beautiful Laundrette by Hanif Kureishi. Carol has resumed working as a freelance artist after her short stint to work on other theatre music and literature projects.

Carol has expressed much joy at the play Memoirs of An Asian Football Casual  winning the Asian Media Awards Manchester 2019.  As Carol was the Vocal Dialect Coach for the production featuring Hareet Deol and Jay Varsani. With Carol getting last year a special mention in the Leicester Mercury for her excellent work on this show.





Carol Leeming MBE New Resident Assistant Director Curve Theatre Leicester

Carol Leeming MBE is thrilled she is now working full time from August 2019, as Resident Assistant Director at the excellent iconic Curve Theatre Leicester. Her first project is to assist acclaimed Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster with My Beautiful Laundrette by Hand Kureshi  https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/my-beautiful-laundrette/

This eagerly anticipated production is set to open at Curve late September Fri 20th to run to Sat October 5th 2019 and tour thereafter. This play has a stunning cast of actors, creative team, and specially created music from the Pet Shop Boys. A new stage in theatre for Carol begins with a great start, as part of a wonderful team at Curve. See more information link  here scroll to end of page for podcast  Carol Leeming MBE New Resident Assistant Director Curve Theatre Leicester



The Sir Peter Hall Director Award The Royal Theatrical Support Trust 2019

Carol Leeming MBE visited London recently, and took part as a Judge on a Panel, alongside Chair Nikolai Foster Artistic Director Curve, with other highly esteemed colleagues, from across theatre, to select a Director, for the The Royal Theatrical Society Support Trust, Sir Peter Hall Director Award. This proved to be a truly inspirational, fascinating and rewarding experience. For further information visit:


LeicesterShire Music Hub Begins New Chapter in Leicester City with BAME & Culturally Diverse Communities

Carol Leeming MBE FRSA, has now successfully completed a consultancy,  for LeicesterShire Music Hub (LMEH) that took place during April May 2019. Carol produced and submitted a final written Report to Leicester-shire Cultural Diversity Music Education and presented this report to the Executive and LSMS Staff.

Overall, the consultancy met its objectives, to  promote awareness of LMEH and its work, to recruit BAME and Culturally Diverse Music Educators and Makers in Leicester City to engage with LMEH. With a view to establishing a Network to address issues faced by the participants in the consultation. Importantly also  to recruit BAMe & culturally Diverse key participants to become members of the LMEH BAME & Culturally Diverse Music Education Network in Leicester, and to register their interest for governance roles within LMEH going forward.

This marks a new chapter for all parties concerned, there is much excitement and enthusiasm for the first LMEH BAME & Culturally Diverse Network meeting scheduled for this October 2019 in Leicester City. With further meetings planned by LMEH with De Montfort University and Leicester City Council, to explore the possibility for LMEH to have a base/presence in the city.






A New Chapter: Culturally Diverse Music Education Consultation In Leicester City for Leicester/shire Music Education Hub

Carol Leeming MBE FRSA, Director of Dare to Diva, was appointed by Leicester/shire Music Education Hub (LMEH) in February 2019 , as Consultant and began work in March through April 2019. Carrying out consultation, with key people, musicians, tutors , academies, music project workers, etc. who are engaged primarily in Culturally Diverse Music Education, in the community in the city of Leicester.

For this work, Carol is using the framework of the Arts Council England Creative Case for Diversity,  with a view to a finding out about, current Culturally Diverse music making/education activities in the community, to identify the specific issues they may face in community settings, and cases of best practice. To also find out the level of awareness, of these key workers, groups organizations etc, as to the role and function of Leicester/shire Music Education Hub.

This will help begin a process to build trust, to encourage their attendance at a city wide consultation event in May 2019,  to further gather information, to establish a  meaningful dialogue with LMEH. As to the best ways for further engagement with LMEH,  to explore how best to identify  new voices e.g. to create a Culturally Diverse Music Network for the city and recruit new voices/representatives  to the LMEH organization.  After this event a final report will be prepared by Carol and submitted to LMEH for their further consideration. Thereby, hopefully initiating a new exciting chapter with regard to addressing overall Culturally Diverse Music Education in Leicester city. Leicester-Shire Music Hub https://leicestershiremusichub.org/about-us