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Simon Leigh

I’m a retired university professor, born in Melbourne, Australia, educated at Sydney Uni., Oxford and UNB. My improbable memoir Wild Women (UKA Press, 2005/7), set in Fredericton, has been praised by Paul Quarrington as, “A well-written, witty, ribald and rollicking journey into the dark ways of men and women” and by PODGIRL (USA) who wrote, “Leigh is a master of voice and this novel should be required reading in creative writing classes.” I’m now 30,000 words into Death in Venice II, the sequel to Wild Women. It's all lies, but Wild Women only contains 6 lies, and if you can tell me what they are, you win YOUR NAME in the sequel.

My third collection of poetry, after The Bleeding Clock and Dying Flowers (Fiddlehead Press) is Short Strokes (2007.) It's $5.00, post free.


My poems and stories have appeared in Grain, The Bulletin (Australia); Equinox; The Fiddlehead; Mainline; Orphic Lute; Quarry; Ski Australia; Poetry Australia; Scarp: New Arts and Writing (Australia); The Grist Mill; the Antigonish Review; Parchment: Contemporary Canadian Jewish Writing; The Review of Contemporary Poetry; Gold Dust 2007 Calendar; Rhyme and Reason: Modern Formal Poetry; Sage of Consciousness, Sorrowland Press; Island Dreams (2005) and the anthology These Loved These Hated Lands.


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