Leslie Tate's writing adapts elements of his life. Living near London, teaching English to Asylum Seekers and university students, admirer of Lowell, Berryman, Joyce, Woolf and Marilynne Robinson, he is the partner of Sue Hampton, children's novelist. His wild 60s rebellion, seen as the first steps towards self-awareness, is the theme of his poetic, character-led novel Aphrodite's Children.
Leslie's second novel Frontliners deals with urban relationships in the 80s/90s. He often gives readings combining poetry, prose and commentary, and has appeared at Hackney Empire, Goldsmiths College, libraries, bookshops, U3As and writing festivals.
Believing in passionate complexity, he writes from head and heart about love, authenticity, generational change and matters of soul.