Short stories & travel reports from a life spent living, working and exploring the globe.
Who is Leighton?
I’m a forty year old Englishman born in Hammersmith, London; which means I’m a QPR fan. I didn’t have a say in the matter. I grew up in Buckinghamshire, went to military boarding school in Wales and later found myself drifting across Scotland at the beck and call of my father’s job. What am I gonna do with my life? I thought, again and and again. I had no clue, but loved the idea of getting away from this rainy island and discovering the world, one country at a time.
“Congratulations!” said a woman called Laura one day, handing me a piece of paper that would change my life forever. I’ll never forget the day I became certified to teach English as a foreign language. Qatar… Slovakia… India… Belgium… China… The Netherlands… Cambodia… Spain… all countries I subsequently called home and places that served as springboards for further global adventures.
Writing has been in my soul since I was a kid and no matter where I went I always put pen to paper, finger to keyboard. I tried and failed to write a novel, completed a mediocre screenplay and knocked out countless album and film reviews. I never dreamt I could make a living out of it, but luckily a big bald Dutchman called Oscar thought differently.
“Welcome to your weekly dose of Hollywood Buzz!” I cried and people seemed to think I said it well. From there I became a professional voice over and writer of movie, music and celebrity news. I penned a series of actor and director biographies and interviewed the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, the American Pie crew, Kaiser Chiefs and Kate Nash. For a while it looked like I’d stay in Amsterdam forever; but alas the domestic dream just wasn’t meant to be and after a tumultuous period of personal rediscovery, foreign shores began wooing me once again.
What is Leighton Literature?
So here I am as the aforementioned forty year old. I think I’ve lived a pretty interesting life, with lots of cool stories to share. One by one I’ve been documenting these tales here in the My short storiessection, colourful instalments of my life’s good, bad and ugly parts. It’s an ongoing project, with a new collection coming out every year.
In the meantime I’m perpetually busy with my ever-growing library of travel reportsfrom all the places I’ve been to across the world. With over five hundred pieces published there’s much to read and the library is only getting bigger with a new article out every single day!
Music has always inspired me greatly. Most of my short stories are peppered with pop culture references and come with a carefully selected theme song. You can also check out some of my most cherished records in My album reviews.
To answer the above question a little more succinctly, Leighton Literature is my life online. It’s the places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen and done, the people I’ve met, the music I love and the stuff I’m passionate about. Whatever you choose to dip into you’re very welcome, enjoy your stay!