Leanne Hall was born and raised in Melbourne. She completed an Arts/Law degree and a graduate diploma in publishing and editing. Leanne began her writing career with short stories, which have been published in Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin and Best Australian Stories, among other periodicals.
In 2009, Hall won the Text Prize with her debut novel, This Is Shyness, which went on to be shortlisted for the Inky Award and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. The sequel, Queen of the Night, followed in 2012, and was also shortlisted for the Inky award.
Hall's most recent novel, Iris and the Tiger, was published in 2016. It won the Patricia Wrightson Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards), and was named a notable book in the 2017 Children's book Council Book of the Year Awards.
Hall's early novels are notable for their surrealistic Melbourne setting, while all her novels have a hallucinatory, fantastic component.
Hall has worked in the arts and educational publishing, and as a children's specialist in an independent bookstore.