I’ve just finished reading The Day The Grass Came. I am overwhelmed, thrilled, lit up. Virile, vital, virtuosic. Stupendous.The words demand to be spoken out loud; and the underlying connections forging the whole piece into one great organic entity are profound and muscular. The earth moves.                     Simon Callow

The visceral intellectualism with which he attacks his subjects is exemplified in The Day the Grass Came which defines an ambitious work — and triumphs. The shorter poems are just as impressive…………………… Melvyn Bragg

Prizewinner in Arvon(2ce), Peterloo (2ce), & Bridport competitions, Leo Aylen has published 9 poetry collections; been published in 100 anthologies, and had 100 poems broadcast on BBC R3 & R4, as well as on radio and television in Britain, Europe, America, and Africa.

He has held a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at McMaster University, Ontario, and has been Poet in Residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey; Poet in Residence at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond; Cecil Day Lewis Fellow; Royal Literary Fund Fellow..

Leo has been sole subject of 3 American nationwide TV programs. (CBS).


Leo Aylen’s biographical documentary – Dynamo: a life of Michael Faraday – was quite excellent. Faraday’s passion for investigation and his genius for perceiving the essentials of a problem were vividly communicated.  This was a genuine popular scientific educator. Maurice Richardson    THE OBSERVER

From the first scrape of the plane on the white-wood coffin to the final laconic account of the body stiffening in death, Leo Aylen’s The Death of Socrates was strangely gripping………….. THE DAILY MAIL

As a writer-director he has made 15 films for TV (BBC & ITV), and
been nominated for a BAFTA award for The Drinking Party.

He has worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. He co-wrote Gods and Generals (Warner Bros 2003, starring Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels, directed by Ronald Maxwell, Executive Producer Ted Turner).

He created Chaos & Pattern, a 5-film series of educational documentaries on science & engineering (2007).

See film page for Gods and Generals, and more Chaos & Pattern clips.