(Mantle Lane Press, March 2017, £4 pocket-size format)
ISBN: 978-0-9515040-9-3

From the back cover:
“Claire relives her past but her memories are fragmented, shattered like the remains of a toy kaleidoscope.
A troubled childhood, the loss of her baby, and the end of her marriage are seen through a distorting lens, twisted and unclear.
What really happened? And can Claire find a way through the mirror maze of memories to discover the truth?

Kaleidoscope is a compelling and disturbing tale of a disintegrating life.”


NEW in May 2017!!! Listen to Sarah read a short audio extract from the novella!


A short extract from the novella can also be found on the Red Lighthouse website and it can be purchased from Mantle Lane Press online bookshop here.

Signed copies – for posting to the U.K. only (not overseas) are also available using the paypal link below. (Please include details of whom the signed copy should be made out to, otherwise a default unsigned copy will be sent.)

Kaleidoscope (£5.50, including P&P for posting to U.K. addresses only)



“…The writing is precise and evocative. Through the fragments, a clear image of Claire builds as someone shaped by her childhood as an ignored but responsible sister to a prettier, sociable younger sister, someone whose grief was sidelined in favour of focus on physical issues and someone who slipped through the safety net health visitors are supposed to provide. Despite the distorting mirrors, the shiny images, Sarah Leavesley is firmly in control, as the body of a kaleidoscope keeps all the pieces in check but still allows the viewer to see what they want.” Emma Lee, full review here


Thursday 5th October – An Unconventional History of Maidenhood, Mothering and Mistresses
Waterstones, Birmingham – Thursday 5th October 19:30 – 21:00

Katy Wareham Morris will be performing poetry from her collaborative pamphlet with Ruth Stacey, Inheritance. Ruth Stacey will be sharing poems from her collaborative pamphlet with Katy Wareham Morris, Inheritance, and her collection, Queen, Jewel, Mistress. And Sarah James (aka Sarah Leavesley) will be reading from her poetry collection, Plenty-Fish, and from her brand new novella, Kaleidoscope.

There will also be a book signing. Waterstones address: 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL