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Neil Leadbeater was born and brought up in Wolverhampton, England. He was educated at Repton and is an English graduate from the University of London. For over 30 years he worked in various administrative posts in the NHS, first in England and then in Scotland. He now lives in Edinburgh and has made Scotland his home. His many and varied interests embrace most aspects of the arts and, on winter evenings, he enjoys the challenge of getting to grips with ancient, medieval and modern languages. Author, poet, essayist and critic, his work has been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad. His latest collection of poems, Librettos for the Black Madonna, was published by White Adder Press in 2011. He is a regular reviewer for the on-line magazine Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) (USA) and an external contributor for the UK to the Romanian journal, Orizont Literar Contemporan (Contemporary Literary Horizon) which is based in Bucharest. His work has been translated into Romanian and Spanish.
The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Neil Leadbeater and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Old Man in Managua
Sits on the fault line
This evening like no other
He’s still in the building that is falling down;
The freestanding furniture of his arms and legs
As long as there is light
Working late with wheels and axles –
And I thought of the fish boys
I was born in 1937, read English at Oxford, qualified as a Solicitor and worked mainly in the civil service, being at different times a Registrar of Criminal Appeals in the Supreme Court, and head of Conveyancing and Matrimonial Litigation for the Official Solicitor, acting principally on behalf of the mentally ill. I then took early retirement. All this time I had been writing poetry. Having had poems published in Understanding Literary Magazine, Krax, Monkey Kettle, Candelabrum, The Journal and Isthmus, and won 17 prizes in international competitions, I have had eight books of poetry published, some in the US, not by Vanity Publishers! I do not live in a city but in an English village named Shenley, not far from the city of St Albans, just north of London, UK.
The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Geoffrey Hoffman and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Today Near Watford Market
Loud in the High Street an atheist raged,
Circling like wolves, the true-believers snarled,
The atheist, careless of heavenly reward
today near Watford Market I saw God.