Tragically, Leslie Esdaile Banks has died.
She was a prolific writer in the genre we love and she was a voice we don't often hear. In a genre that has an extreme lack of WOC writers and where POC protagonists are an extreme rarity, she was almost unique and brought a much needed perspective.
To compound this tragedy she died before her time – and her family are burdened with medical bills due to lack of medical insurance. Living under the NHS, I can't imagine such a thing but my heart goes out to her daughter Helena – who has set up a fund to help her pay these bills. Please help if you can.
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