June 2020 Free Stuff!
I have now decided to stop selling my works through Lulu and just give them away instead! (I believe that as human societies get more selfish we should respond by geting more generous). So thanks to the National Library of Australia you can read the following works for free online:
The True History of Pocahontas
‘Think of the world’: Collected Poems 1986–2016
The Reawakening: Religion and the Future of Humanity
October 2019: Wordfall
Over the years I have given a lot of thought to how to present fairly traditional poetry in new ways, thus, for example, my Collected Poems (see below) presents the poems in reverse chronological order, latest to earliest. In my latest collection Wordfall there is no collection. Instead readers can visit the web page and click a button to generate random poems from the ‘collection’. Here it is.
2016: Missa Mundi
In Missa Mundi,
I provide alternative texts for the four pieces of the Catholic liturgy
most commonly set to music: the Mass, the Requiem, the Te Deum and the
Stabat Mater, expressing a green, worldly spirituality. These are
suitable for replacing the traditional words in sung settings. Here is
the document (PDF 600K).
2016: ‘Think of the world’: Collected Poems 1986–2016
another project: my collected poems of 30 years, some 670 poems, 250
previously unpublished (498 pages). It is now available FREE (see above).
collection has a unique arrangement: in place of a chronological or
thematic organisation these poems are arranged in sections from my most
recent work back through earlier years to my earliest work, written in
the UK. This allows the reader to follow my inspiration and development
back to its source and, I hope, appreciate the consistency of purpose
throughout his body of work.
the focus is on the war waged by modernity on nature and on the human
spirit as a constituent part of the natural world.
2015: The True History of Pocahontas
The True History of Pocahontas is a literary
film script which endeavours to tell the story of
this historically-informed screen play John Leonard strips away
the myths surrounding the life of Pocahontas and delivers a
compelling account of her tragic life at the moment of the
foundation of the Virginia colony. He demonstrates that in this
case at least, the truth is even more fascinating the myths.’
Camilla Townsend, Historian, author of Pocahontas
and the Powhatan Dilemma (Hill
and Wang, 2005).
It is now available FREE (see above).
Reawakening: Religion and the Future of Humanity,
my work on the history of religion, is now available FREE (see above).
is a synopsis (PDF 800K).
Fifth Poetry Collection
Spell, A Charm,
my fifth poetry collection, is now available from Hybrid
Publishers in Melbourne.
is the media release (PDF 280K).
here is a recording
of the Canberra launch on 15 July. (mp3, 28 mins, 29 mb). I
have also made a Youtube
version, which has a slideshow of my photographs and other
images to accompany the audio.
Elsewhere in these
I used to have a page of
sample poems here, but now that you can see complete PDFs of many
of my works, there is no need for this. See this page and Publications.
my publication details:
Read about my older
order hard copies of them.
Have a look at a couple
of complete PDFs of unpublished novels.
Look at my Thesis.
with the Author
And you can read an
interview I did a few years ago with Cordite
Practicalities of Writing Poetry
This is an article
of mine which appeared in Overland
magazine in 2007. It was
described by one reader as ‘schoolmasterly‘ (which I took as a
See my Wikipedia
to Main Page