B.C. Leale

B.C. Leale (1930–2018) worked as a bookseller for many years at Claude Gill Books in London’s Oxford Street, resolutely defending a poetry section that was full of surprises. His own work appeared in more than fifty publications, including Encounter, the London Review of Books, The Observer, the Times Literary Supplement and Ambit, Bang, but it was not until 1984 that his poems first appeared in book form: Leviathan (Allison & Busby), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and the surrealist collection The Colours of Ancient Dreams (John Calder). After he retired, he concentrated on his writing. In 2009 he celebrated the acquisition of his grave site in laconic style in the poem ‘The Plot’. He died in the summer of 2018 and is buried in that plot in Horsham cemetery. B.C. Leale’s literary executors, Martin Elliott and Bill Swainson, are currently preparing a New and Selected Poems by B.C. Leale with the aim of finding a publisher in due course.