Leigh was born and lives in Sydney Australia he started writing poetry in the early 1990’s, after writing for over a decade he decided to self-publish for family & friends, three rough edit compilations of his works. The titles of these compilations are representative of the themes that run through his poetry.
Leigh's first compilation was ‘Compound Constitute’, which was assembled into two parts, the first part, was organised into chapters based on the themes of the five forms of matter, (air/gas, earth/solid, water/liquid, fire/plasma & ether/life). While the second part, was themed on the circle, which represents matter/elements being bound together into compounds, (time, seasons, landscapes, philosophy, interactions & outcomes).
The other two compilations, ‘Dream Cast’ and ‘Circles Upon Circles’, are organised chronologically, with the chapters being the name Leigh gave to the notebooks into which the ideas & concepts for each poem were handwritten.
For the compilation ‘Dream Cast’, Dream is representative of perceptions, beliefs & bias and ‘Cast’ is representative of reality, projections & images. It is a statement on how our perceptions become our reality, and that we continually create these realities, dreams, aspirations for ourselves, yet the catalyst for this creation, our perception, is fallible and evolving.
For the compilation, ‘Circles Upon Circles’, the title is an acknowledgement that from microscopic to macrocosmic we perceive patterns, shapes, rhythm, cycles and layers that repeat in varying scales, represented by time and change.
A few years after publishing the three compilations, Leigh decided to take his work to a public audience, with the release of the ebooks ‘Dreamland Castaway’ and 'Compounds Constitute', these works are a complete rewrite of ‘Dream Cast’ and 'Compound Constitute'.
Leigh's latest work is 'Transit Transient'. It is set out like a diary, with the dates the poems were written recorded for each title. Written almost exclusively while travelling on public transport, to and from the author’s place of employment on train trips of about 40minutes duration. Nearly every poem was composed on a single trip, with observational themes for the poems being landscapes, cityscapes, transport, technology, society, nature, seasons, time, transience and human interactions.
Leigh presents the above themes and concepts in a short-form poetic style, as a snapshot of a scene or a feeling in the moment it's felt. Additional themes include landscapes, nature, seasons, elements, metaphysical, astronomy, time, cityscapes, technology, transport, perceptions, philosophies and human interactions.