Leone Ross Faber

Leone Ross was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All the Blood Is Red, was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and her second novel, Orange Laughter,was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour Watershed Fiction favorite. Her short fiction has been widely anthologized and her first short-story collection, the 2017 Come Let Us Sing Anyway was nominated for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and the OCM BOCAS Prize.

Ross has taught creative writing for twenty years, at University College Dublin, Cardiff University and Roehampton University in London. She is editor of the first black British anthology of speculative fiction, due out in 2022 with Peepal Tree Press. Prior to writing fiction, Ross worked as a journalist. Leone Ross lives in London but intends to retire near water.

Books in order of publication:


This One Sky Day (UK: Faber & Faber, 2021; as Popisho by Farrar Straus & Giroux, USA)

Orange Laughter (Picador USA, 2001; Actes Sud, France, 2001; Farrar Straus & Giroux, USA, 2000; Anchor Press, UK, 2000; Angela Royal Publishing, UK, 1999)

All the Blood Is Red (Actes Sud, France, 2002; Angela Royal Publishing, UK, 1996)


Come Let Us Sing Anyway and other stories (Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 2017)

Short stories

“Peep Hole” in Outsiders, ed. Alice Slater (UK: Three Of Cups, July 2020)

“Why You Shouldn’t Take Yourself So Seriously” in New Daughters of Africa, ed. Margaret Busby (UK: Myriad Editions, March 2019, paperback July 2020).

“President Daisy” reprinted in The Peepal Tree Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories, eds Jeremy Poynting & Jacob Ross (UK: Peepal Tree Press, December 2018).

“Meat-Kind” in The Mechanics Institute Review, Issue 15 (Birkbeck University, 2018).

“Ecdysis” commissioned by The British Council as part of their Discover project – brings together BC UK and BC Turkey, June 2018.

“Adulting” commissioned by Spread The Word London. Ross was one of their City Of Stories Writers in Residence in 2018. Published in their City of Stories, Volume 2, September 2018.

“Carousel” in Pree magazine, ed. Annie Paul, Jamaica: Issue 1: Crossroads (Jamaica, April 2018)

“The Woman Who Lived In A Restaurant” originally published as a limited edition chapbook by UK: Nightjar Press, ed. Nicholas Royle, Oct 2015; reprinted in Best British Short Stories 2016, ed. Nicholas Royle, UK: Salt Publishing, 2016; reprinted in The Barcelona Review, Issue 88, 2016 [1]; reprinted in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, ed. Philip Hensher, UK: Penguin, October 2018

“The Woman Who Lived in a Restaurant” as a limited-edition chapbook, ed. Nicholas Royle (Nightjar Press, Autumn 2015)

“The Mullerian Eminence” in Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories,, ed. Jacob Ross (UK: Peepal Tree Press, September 2015)

“Fix” in The World to Come, eds Om Prakash Dwivedi and Patrick West (Australia: Spineless Wonders, November 2014)

“Smile” in Minuteman, 10 April 2013; collected in Minuteman (USA: Awe & The Abyss, June 2013)

“Roll It” in Kingston Noir, ed. Colin Channer (USA: Akashic Books: May 2012)

“Love Silk Food” in Wasafari magazine, Volume 25, No. 4, eds Bernardine Evaristo and Karen McCarthy (USA, September 2010); reprinted in The Best British Short Stories 2011, ed. Nicholas Royle (UK: Salt Publishing, October 2011)

“When the River” in Making the Hook Up: Edgy Sex with Soul, ed. Cole Riley (USA: Cleis Press, March 2010)

“The Heart Has No Bones” in the zine Incommunicado: Uncommon Book Map, eds Romy Ash and Tom Doig (Australia: Express Media, 2006)

“Breakfast Time” in Tell Tales, Vol. 2, ed. Rajeev Balasuramanyam (London: flipped eye, June 2005)

“President Daisy” in The Writer Fellow: An Anthology, eds Terence Brown and Gerald Dawe (Ireland: School of English, Trinity College, 2004)

“Breathing” in Fish Anthology 2004: Spoonface and Other Stories, ed. Clem Cairns (Ireland: Fish Publishing, June 2004)

“Contract” in Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract, ed. Carol Taylor (USA: Washington Square Press, January 2004)

“Art, for Fuck’s Sake”, in Carol Taylor (ed.), Brown Sugar 2: Great One-Night Stands (USA: Washington Square Press, January 2003)

“Covenant” in Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2000–2001, ed. Kwame Dawes (USA: North Carolina State University Press, 2001); in Leone Ross and Yvonne Brissett (eds), Whispers in the Walls: New Black and Asian Voices from Birmingham (UK: Tindal Street, 2001)

“Drag” in Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction, ed. Carol Taylor (USA: Dutton Plume, January 2001)

“Mudman” in The Time Out Book of London Short Stories, Volume 2, ed. Nicholas Royle (USA & UK: Penguin, October 2000)

“Tasting Songs” in Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, ed. Sheree R. Thomas (Hardback; USA: Warner Books, July 2000; trade paperback, Aspect, July 2001); reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: 14th Annual Collection, ed. Ellen Datlow (USA: St. Martin’s Press, 2001)

“And You Know This” in Wild Ways: New Stories About Women on the Road, eds Margo Daley and Jill Dawson (UK: Sceptre Press, March 1998)

“Façade” in Burning Words, Flaming Images: Poems and Short Stories by Writers of African Descent, ed. Kadija Sesay (UK: SAKS Publications, October 1996); reprinted in England Calling: 24 Stories for the 21st Century, eds Julia Bell and Jackie Gay (UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, July 2001)

“Phone Call to a Rape Crisis Centre” in Burning Words, Flaming Images: Poems and Short Stories by Writers of African Descent, ed. Kadija Sesay (UK: SAKS Publications, October 1996)


“A Fat Woman’s Love Letter To Water” in the Power Issue of Lighthouse Journal, Issue 18, ed. Anna de Vaul (UK: Gatehouse Press, Jan 2019)

“How to Write Weird Shit” in The Art of the Novel, ed. Nicholas Royle (UK: Salt, 2016)

Foreword to David I. Muir’s The Real Rock: Pieces of Jamaica (Jamaica: 2012)

“The People” in Discover Jamaica (UK: Insight Guides, 2000)

How Many Storeys? The History of Housing Associations in the UK (as L. J. Ross) (UK: Ujima Housing Association, 2000)

Afterword to Laurie Gunst’s Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey Through the Yardie Posse Underworld (UK: Canongate, 1995)

“Black Narcissus” in IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, eds Courttia Newland and Kadija Sesay (UK: Penguin, 2000)


Poetry (“Rooms”, “Ouch”, “Sex Myths”, “Incidents at 3 A.M.”) in Burning Words, Flaming Images, ed. Kadija Sesay (UK: SAKS Media, 1996)

Poetry in Creation Fire: A CAFRA Anthology of Caribbean Women’s Poetry, ed. Ramabai Espinet (Canada: Sister Vision Press, October 1989)

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