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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.

June 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).

May 2016: ‘Think of the world’: Collected Poems 1986–2016

And another project: my collected poems of 30 years, some 670 poems, 250 previously unpublished (498 pages). It is now available FREE (see above).

This 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.

Throughout the focus is on the war waged by modernity on nature and on the human spirit as a constituent part of the natural world.

December 2015: The True History of Pocahontas

The True History of Pocahontas is a literary film script which endeavours to tell the story of Pocahontas/Matoaka right.

In 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).

November 2015: The Reawakening

The Reawakening: Religion and the Future of Humanity, my work on the history of religion, is now available FREE (see above).

Here is a synopsis (PDF 800K).

May 2014: A Fifth Poetry Collection

A Spell, A Charm, my fifth poetry collection, is now available from Hybrid Publishers in Melbourne.

Here is the media release (PDF 280K).

And 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 pages:

Sample poems:

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.

All my publication details:

Read about my older publications and order hard copies of them.

Free PDF Novels

Have a look at a couple of complete PDFs of unpublished novels.

PhD Thesis

Look at my Thesis.

Interview with the Author

And you can read an interview I did a few years ago with Cordite magazine.

The 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 compliment).


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