August 11th, 2015 § Comments Off on ‘Emily’ § permalink

Next up is a poem for Emily, keen reader and Goodreads reviewer. She asked for a Shakespearean sonnet, so the only thing to do was to shamelessly repurpose one of the Bard’s more famous poems (original here: http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/116.html ).


I pray, let not your Amazon review
Admit impediments. Praise is not praise
When it moans about the postal date due,
Or that the book’s reading took many days,

O no; it is an ever-fixed five star,
That overlooks our work, and is never taken;
It is the comfort to every wandering author,
Whose worth’s unknown, and whose faith is shaken.

For a writer lives by labouring in the dark,
Not knowing if their words are spilt in vain,
Yet find one for whom that book made a mark,
And our time’s well spent, it is worth any pain,

If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor any book was ever loved.

Grab your own poem by donating here: https://www.justgiving.com/Tim-Leach-Dig-Deep


August 11th, 2015 § Comments Off on ‘Sho’ § permalink

Next up is my friend Sholeh. She’s Iranian, which gives me an opportunity to parody ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’… Grab your own poem by donating here: https://www.justgiving.com/Tim-Leach-Dig-Deep


Come fill the cup, and let old Timo sing,
Of that fair Sho, and the joy she brings,
Yet elusive too, and seldom seen,
She’s there! Now gone, a bird upon the wing,

You’ll see her in the crowded room,
Where the hookah burns, the smoke rings bloom,
Brown eyes flash, laughter sparks the heart,
Now she’s gone, and this place is as a tomb,

You’ll hear her, where there is wine and song,
A daf is beating, a woman calls “Play on!”
And answers the drum with aching voice,
The music must not cease, the night is long,

A dancer above all, this you’ll find,
With words and thought, body and mind,
Beauty is motion, only the dead are still,
A moving phantom whom none can bind,

Years pass, no trace is seen, you think her gone,
But she shall return, where there is wine and song,
The music has not stopped,
and so the dancer dances on.




August 11th, 2015 § Comments Off on ‘Tess’ § permalink

Anonymous donor unmasked as my good friend Tess, so she gets a bonus haiku. Grab your own poem here: https://www.justgiving.com/Tim-Leach-Dig-Deep


Listen! Her kind heart
speaks soft – the sound of black ink
upon white paper.











Check out her fab artwork here: http://www.tessalyons.co.uk

‘Limerick for Anonymous’

August 2nd, 2015 § Comments Off on ‘Limerick for Anonymous’ § permalink

Two weeks to go to the Dig Deep Ultramarathon!

I’ve promised to write a poem about anyone who donates (https://www.justgiving.com/Tim-Leach-Dig-Deep), one pound per line. My first donation was from…anonymous. Hmm, tricky!

However, I do not fear a challenge…

‘Limerick for Anonymous’

I said I’d make every poem eponymous
And a great artwork, like a Bosch (Hironymous),
But wait, what is this?
You’re taking the piss!
You’ve signed your donation “anonymous”.

‘The King and the Slave’ paperback now out!

July 30th, 2015 § Comments Off on ‘The King and the Slave’ paperback now out! § permalink

The small paperback of ‘The King and the Slave’ is now out! Portable! Cheap! And found between Halldor Laxness and Steven Leather at all good bookstores…


Dig Deep Ultramarathon

July 30th, 2015 § Comments Off on Dig Deep Ultramarathon § permalink


On August 15th, my friend Lucy and I are running the Dig Deep Ultramarathon in the Peak District. 30 miles, over 3000 feet of ascent, many tears and much suffering.












I’d like to raise a little money for Mind, mental health support being an area that I think needs a lot more love and money, particularly in this age of austerity we seem to stuck with.

So here’s the deal – I’m selling poetry by the pound. Make a donation, and I’ll write a poem about you. £3 buys you a haiku, £5 for a limerick, £14 for a sonnet (Shakespearean or Petrarchan, your choice), and so on. If you really want to test me, stick in £36 and I’ll try and do a passable sestina…

Do not be deceived by the fact that I’ve got a couple of novels out – my skill as a poet pretty much starts and ends with comedic rhyming couplets. But I’ll do my best, so pull some change out of your electronic pocket and donate if it strikes your fancy.

The Just Giving page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/Tim-Leach-Dig-Deep

June Newsletter: Small Books, New Books, Greek Books

June 19th, 2014 § Comments Off on June Newsletter: Small Books, New Books, Greek Books § permalink

This is an edited version of my newsletter. If you’d like to sign up and get this straight to your inbox, you can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/V1i4P


Small Books!

For those who didn’t know, the paperback of The Last King of Lydia is now out! It’s small, it fits in a little bag or a large pocket, and it’s green. VERY green.

 Available from Amazon…

and Waterstones…

or here is the ISBN to hand to your lovely local bookstore for them to order if they don’t have it in stock: 9780857899194

To celebrate the release of the paperback, I’m also holding a giveaway on Goodreads. There are 10 copies to be won, and the giveaway finishes on the 23rd of June. You can enter for free here (you need to create an account on Goodreads, but that’s also free):

Goodreads Giveaway

New Books!

More News! The sequel, The King and the Slave, is coming out on the 4th of September. For a sneak preview of the book, you can take a look here:

The Lost Army

It’ll be launched in London, Warwick, Sheffield, and maybe beyond – more details on events closer to the time…

Greek Books!

Last but by no means least, the Greek edition of the book will be coming out this month! Very excited by this (there’s also a Turkish version in the works.) More news on this when I get it!

That’s all the news that’s fit to print at the moment. If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it do consider leaving a review on Amazon, they always make my day and really help to promote the book:

Write a review

Many thanks, and until next time…

All the best,



Goodreads Giveaway

June 2nd, 2014 § Comments Off on Goodreads Giveaway § permalink

To celebrate the paperback release of The Last King of Lydia, my publisher and I are holding a giveaway on Goodreads. Ten copies to win, closing date 23rd June.

Enter here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/94076-the-last-king-of-lydia

Last King of Lydia Paperback Released!

May 1st, 2014 § Comments Off on Last King of Lydia Paperback Released! § permalink

Pinch, punch, first of the month and no returns.

The paperback of The Last King of Lydia is out today. It’s smaller. It’ll fit in a bag or a big pocket. And it’s GREEN. What’s not to like?

Cover Art Double Bill

February 24th, 2014 § Comments Off on Cover Art Double Bill § permalink

It doesn’t rain but it pours – provisional artwork and copy for the paperback of The Last King of Lydia and the sequel, The King and the Slave…