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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 her short stories have been published by Penguin, Random House, Picador and Dutton Plume, among others and her work has been translated into Spanish, French, Slovak and Turkish. Her first novel, All The Blood Is Red (ARP) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Literature. The Washington Post described her second novel, Orange Laughter (Picador) as “delicious…” and it was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour Watershed Fiction favourite. The novel was 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…unforgettable…”. In 2018, Radio 4 called her work “rare…entirely unpredictable…brilliant.” The collection was nominated for the V.S Pritchett Prize, Salt Publishing’s Scott Prize, the 2018 Jhalak Prize, the 2018 Edge Hill Prize, the OCM BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Literature and was awarded runner up in the 2018 Saboteur Awards for best collection. Ross has judged the Manchester Prize for Fiction, the London Short Story Prize, the Wimbledon Bookfest Writing Competition, the Mslexia Short Story Prize and the VS Pritchett award.

Prior to becoming an academic, Ross was a journalist for 15 years.

She is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Roehampton University in London, where she is Commissioning Editor for their imprint, Fincham Press. She is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.


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