Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Launching Second Book of Poetry

"One For The Pot" is Launched.

The second in a series of ten books of poetry was published today.'s publishing service, 
Kindle Direct Publishing is just a boon for authors.  One for the Pot is poetry about Africa, about growing up in Kenya in the 1950's.

David Sentance who like the author grew up in Kenya in the 50's has introduced the work thus:

Once you spread your wings in Africa there was no going back to the soft life. Dr. Neil McLeod, has deftly captured this unique, lost civilization, by sharing his unbounded childhood curiosity and joy, as only an accomplished bard might.  The universal emotions he captures in his poetry, course, like swift clear trout streams off Mount Kenya’s flanks, where a flash of rainbow red on a fly, set the heart racing as birds fluttered in the forested panoply ahead.  Treasured memories, thanks for bringing them streaming back to restore the soul, Mzee Neilo.  Asante sana!

The book contains twenty one original poems from the perspective of a young child.  The reception of the works on has been most favorable.  Should you get a copy for your own your kind reviews would be much appreciated.

So two down, and eight to go!

Monday, July 08, 2013

My First Book Of Poetry

My First Book of Poems

“A Ship In A Bottle” is dedicated to our three children Roddy, Maran and Oliver

With thanks to my editors Ryan Blank, who also wrote the introduction, and Maddie Merritt, and with the patience of my wife Nancy and our children, I am celebrating the publication of my first book of poems on’s CreateSpace. The volume is called “A Ship In A Bottle” and is available here:

CreateSpace is really effective production and marketing channel for writers.  They make it as easy as possible for you to produce your own book, and be paid for it if people buy it.

This first volume will be followed by nine others.
One for the Pot
The Clan Remembers
The Aching Heart
The Thorn Wi’ Me
My Silver Box
When the Spirit Moves
A Cartload of Stories
The Persimmon Tree
Songs and Poems of Frances McLeod

You can also read my poetry on