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

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


Momentous News! Carol Leeming MBE To Be Resident Assistant Director At Curve Theatre Leicester


Momentous news!! Carol Leeming MBE later this year will be Resident Assistant Director at Curve Theatre Leicester . To find out more about this exciting new appointment at an iconic successful theatre, in the heart of the  Midlands producing  thrilling new shows that tour nationally, the West End London, and internationally. See below Curve Website link to the latest article and lively podcast below.


Carol Leeming FRSA At Buckingham Palace London delighted to receive MBE!


Carol Leeming was accompanied by close family and friends as guests and was thrilled to receive her MBE Award for services to arts and culture in Leicester, as poet and playwright, from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace March 7th 2019. Traveling from Leicester that morning,  for the Investiture Ceremony held in the Grand Ballroom of Buckingham Palace, it proved to be a rare and wonderful insight, into tradition and ceremony. This important  occasion provided, a unique opportunity also to meet and network with other recipients,  from arts media and entertainment. After the hour long ceremony Carol ad her party made their way to Soho for a Lunch celebration, followed by sight seeing around Soho Covent Garden and West End.


The Celebrations Continue!!!…Carol Leeming MBE FRSA Made Alumna of the Month De Montfort University Leicester

Carol Leeming Photo Credit Nina Ali copy as

After the maelstrom of excitement, the delight for polymath Carol Leeming, being made MBE in the New Years Honours list 2019 . Carol Leeming is also made Alumna of the Month 2019 at De Montfort University Leicester. The last few years have seen Carol receive several of prestigous awards and accolades for her work in arts and culture. Carol herself plans to continue to pursue excellence, and importantly inspire other to achieve their best, regardless e.g. of their backgrounds.

A strong advocate for lifelong learning, equalities and for diversity to be at the core of excellence in 21st century arts an culture. Carol says” I did not have the best of starts in my life, there was definitely no linear plan.  I cherished a long held dream, then focused my keen curiosity, innate talents and gifts, to learning to excel. Equally important are the key people you encounter, who see something in you, crucially are willing to give you a chance, support and champion you on your journey. Finally, much is learnt from what doesn’t actually work, as well as what does work and is successful”. Read De Montfort University Article link below:





Jubilation! Carol Leeming Made MBE Queen New Year Honors List 2019

Carol Leeming,  is thrilled  and over the moon, to receive a MBE  in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List for 2019 for her contribution to arts and culture in Leicester as poet and playwright. This life changing momentous event, crowns a successful run of successful acknowledgement and recognition for Carol and her work recently over the last few years.  After experiencing initially world wide success in Dance music as singer/songwriter, performer in the nineties, cumulating with a co- written song, in the mega successful world hit British film Trainspotting. At the end of the ninetiesCarol ceased her globe trotting, returned to Leicester due to family reasons, and  busily set to work on two fronts,  developing new talents for herself, as a poet and playwright, along with using her previous experience in the creative industries, at the highest level of the music industry,  to be a mentor for early career and emerging African Caribbean and other BAME artists in Leicester.

Carol soon recognized it was also important to be a champion and advocate, for the under represented artists and creatives from BAME communities, firstly within Leicester then later across the East Midlands. This strand of work  was about creating platforms i.e. events to showcase the talents of the artists/creatives she was working with. This started at Haymarket theatre,  BBC Music Live Leicester Event, later Leicester Black History Season Events, e.g. Dare to Diva branded events with partners, e.g. Nubian Star Lounge,  African Family Days and Style Up Event. Subsequently as regional Creative Manager at Mainstream Partnership, this lead to regional showcases in Performing and Visual Arts for BAME artists and creatives.  Carol created further regional events  which included , Creative Artist Salons, involving artists, programmers, artistic directors, curators and directors, e.g. in the wake of the McMasters Report, discussing what is excellence in the arts in 21st century Britain.

After continuing to develop as a creative writer, this led to a BBC Radio 4 Stages of Sound commission and radio broadcast,  which was shortlisted for the Imison/Tinniwood  Award (Authors Society/Writers Guild). A further pivotal point was Carol’s participation, in the 2012 Cultural Olympiad – the national and international profiled programme of arts that accompanied the Olympics in Britain that year. Carol’s contribution of a ground breaking choreopoem (text music physical theatre& still &moving images) titled The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva produced directed and performed by her (with themes of music industry exploitation/celebrification) had its world premier at Curve theatre in 2012 – it thrilled audiences for several nights. Carol was then elected to be a Fellow of the Royal Society For The Arts.  Eventually Carol’s poetry gained further attention, was published in several poetry anthologies, including one by the prestigious Bloodaxe poetry publisher. Hailed as a chorepoet , her writing is referenced by Dr Corinne Fowler, Associate Professor, Post Colonial Literature, Director of the Centre for New Writing, University of Leicester, in the Cambridge Companion to British Black & Asian Literature(1945-2010) Cambridge University Press Ed. Deidre Osborne   More creative  writing commissions followed, along with literary festival appearances also. Carol’s Debut chapbook The Declamations of Cool Eye has sold out to be reprinted as well a new poetry collection is in preparation.

Further theatre work as playwright, was a short play titled  VEX  (theme NGO corruption/Indigenous People& Land) e.g Brighton Dome theatre production as part of Angry Women Show. Roles as Director and Dramaturge for the play A Scholar & A Statesman by Pamela Roberts. Carol over the years has received a number of awards for her creative writing and arts work e.g. from Leicester Writers Club, 2017 East Midlands Outstanding Woman in Arts Media & Music .  A second choreopoem written produced and directed, by Carol titled Love the Life you..Live the Life You Love  (themes gender /identity/racismhad a successful preview production at Curve theatre 2018.  Along with work as a Dialect Coach for Curve’s production, the highly praised Memoirs of An Asian Football Casual, directed by Nikloai Foster adapted by Douglas Irvine from Leicester’s Riz Khan’s Memoir. Carol has co- written with Su Andi & Dorothea Smartt an article, titled Women Black Arts Brixton in the 1980’s: A Conversation for Contemporary Women Writing Oxford University Press, arts & culture articles for lifestyle  magazines, and is regularly invited, as arts & culture commentator by BBC Radio Leicester, Cultural Exchanges De Montfort University. Carol has served on the Boards of Arts Council England East Midlands and  Demon FM Radio De Montfort University. Carol is looking forward to more exciting arts creative  projects,  with such an incredible  start to 2019!


Carol Leeming FRSA Chair Symposium: Re-Imagining Fredrick Coles Bodleian Library Oxford University


Carol Leeming FRSA at Bodleian Library Oxford University

Carol Leeming FRSA, during Black History Month 2018 , was appointed by Black Oxford  Untold Stories led by Pamela Roberts FRSA,  to be the Chair for a fascinating Symposium at Bodleian  Library on the Fredrick Cole of  Sierra Leone , the first ever Black Oxford Scholar in the 1900’s.

Pamela Roberts of Black Oxford Untold Stories,  firstly, outlined the paucity and inappropriateness of  images available,eg caricature of Fredrick Cole, ie. of such an important and significant Scholar, to have graduated at Oxford University.  A plaque of Fredrick Cole was unveiled in the previous year, opposite the Law Faculty at Oxford University, attended by Pamela Roberts and Oxford University dignitaries.  The Symposium panel consisted various academics, creative practitioners,  who referred to the negative images of Africa past and present, eg. the racist caricature of Cole, Oxford University archive of publications of caricatures of the period, Fredrick Cole’s life at Oxford, Portraiture of Black Success, and making and erecting Statues. The event included a brief dramatic performance by two actors, who brought Fredrick Cole and a University rival to life, in a recorded argument they both had. There was also a lively discussion with attendees and many useful suggestions offered from the audience, as to the ways of moving forward, to best honour the legacy of Fredrick Cole in Oxford and beyond.


Double Whammy! Carol Leeming Special Guest Speeches: For Leicester Everybodys’ Reading Festival 2018 & Leicester Black History Month Launch 2018

Carol Leeming had a busy night of it, giving speeches firstly, alongside Leicester Author and Patron Bali Rai of the Leicesters’ Everybodys Reading  Festival at the Central library.  With Carol then going on afterwards to give a speech and poem, for the  launch of Serendipitys’ Black History Month Launch at 2 Queens which featured a performance by Zimbabwean artist Nora Chipuire now based in NYC.