Leo Aylen


Children's author, Author of books for adults, Poet, Scriptwriter

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
After dinner speaking
Commission


Website: http://www.leoaylen.com

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Awards:
Poetry Prizes Arvon (2ce) Peterloo (2ce)Bridport
BAFTA nomination
Cecil Day Lewis Fellowship
Royal Literary Fund Fellowship

Audiences:
Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


Details

Leo's latest book is The Day The Grass Came (Muswell Press, 2012).


“The visceral intellectualism with which he attacks his subjects is exemplified in The Day the Grass Came which defines an ambitious work — and triumphs. The shorter poems are just as impressive.” 
Melvyn Bragg


“I am overwhelmed, thrilled, lit up. Virile, vital, virtuosic. Stupendous. The underlying connections forging the whole piece into one great organic entity are profound and muscular. The earth moves.”
Simon Callow


“There is very real achievement here.”
Geoffrey Heptonstall, London Magazine


“There is an energy in this collection which could leave readers gasping.” 
Martyn Halsall, Church Times


“A fiercely committed collection of profundity and passion.” 
Dennis Hamley, Oxford Writer


He has performed poetry and given workshops in a thousand schools of all ages from Key Stage 1 to Sixth forms 


See Leo on YouTube: -- 
Poems & Puns: Leo Aylen in Frome http://youtu.be/qJ7Tq1dgvCI 
The Day The Grass Came http://youtu.be/JvNFWwojtu8 
Goodbye chalk streams? (with Prunella Scales)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulL9Qw-IVyk

 
Leo Aylen on ‘Walrus’ TV poetry for Schools http://youtu.be/3lz9RIfsqmQ
Zululand & Jumping-Shoes http://youtu.be/XSQpSzh_4tA
The never-ending bypass going nowhere http://youtu.be/ubq695R8uMA 
Dancing the Impossible http://youtu.be/UGk6CV-tdMI 
Somewhere in the Sky http://youtu.be/MlBwfa_GDp0 


This is a recording by a Berlin company. Somewhere in the Sky has been published in six anthologies, and is the title poem in one. It has been translated into Catalan, and featured in the Hong Kong Festival of Speech


Leo has performed his poetry in hundreds of universities, schools, libraries, as well as in theatres, cathedrals, night clubs, prisons, at festivals, and on radio and TV, on three continents. The age of his audiences has ranged from small children to senior citizens.


He has had 3 solo shows on American nationwide commercial TV (CBS)

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Leo has been touring a two-person show of his poetry called An Assortment of Sibyls, appearing with Prunella Scales in the Frome Festival, Bristol Festival, at Salisbury Playhouse, and the Theatre Royal, Bath and with Sara Kestelman in the Shoreham WordFest.
He has created a sequel to An Assortment of Sibyls, called The Trouble With Women Is Men, which was performed at the 2015 Frome Festival with Sara Kestelman,and the Belfast and Ashbourne Festivals in 2016 with Ruth Madoc.


He has several solo programmes prepared for festivals including an autobiographical talk of humour, anecdotes, and poems, called Why I’m not a Policeman.He performed The Day The Grass Came as a one-person play at the Pentameters Theatre. London NW3 in the autumn of 2016.


Over 100 of his poems have been broadcast by the BBC, mostly Radio 4, where for 4 years he was regularly commissioned to create poems out of current news stories.


Leo co-wrote a major Hollywood movie Gods and Generals, starring Robert Duvall (Warner Bros 2003).


In 2007, he completed Chaos & Pattern, a 5-film documentary series on world-beating scientific experiments, the series aimed at encouraging teenagers to take up careers in science and engineering.
(website: www.chaosandpattern.com ) .


He is one of the few poets to be listed in www.literaturefestivals.co.uk

He was in the first running team to do the Land’s End – John O’Groats run.

Books
9 poetry books. Most recently The Day The Grass Came. Also Dancing the Impossible; New & Selected Poems, Rhymoceros Poems for Children. Two books on the classical Greek theatre, and a traveller's history of Greece. Published in over 100 anthologies.
The Day The Grass Came (isbn:9780956892058)
Poems
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Dancing the Impossible: New & Selected Poems (isbn:3-7052-0051-8)
“Nothing safe and conventional. Vigour, enjoyment of playing with the fire of words and images, and an exuberant appetite for rhythms and sounds.” Alan Brownjohn
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Rhymoceros (isbn:0-333-47047-8)
Poetry for children. “I recommend his poems because they are funny and active for old and young people He did brilliant actions. Tom, age 8.
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Organisations:
Writers Guild of Great Britain Society of Authors BECTU Equity
Poetry Society PEN

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Geography and Travel, History and Biography, Humour, Mind, Body and Spirit, Poetry, Science and Technology, Stage and Screen

Book Type:
Non fiction for adults, Fiction for children (any age)

Keywords:
POETRY, PUNS, JOKES, WILDLIFE, AFRICA, ZULUS, GREECE, MYTHS, LEGENDS, FILM, HOLLYWOOD, TV, WALES, CHALK STREAMS, WATER VOLES,PRUNELLA SCALES, MAGGIE STEED, FESTIVALS, WEST COUNTRY, SPACE TRAVEL, ASTEROIDS, NEANDERTHALS, FAIRGROUND, REVOLUTION, GUY FAWKES