Leigh is a writer who above all loves a good yarn. His novels, stories and plays are tightly plotted, suspenseful, with a powerful sense of place. Some have a touch of gothic and the supernatural.
Individuals’ fears and fantasies come startlingly to life; personal dilemmas present themselves in the starkest, most confronting forms.
Leigh lives in Bellerive, Tasmania, with his wife and two teenage children in a charming weatherboard cottage with sweeping views of the Derwent River and Mount Wellington.
Since making a ‘sea change’ from Sydney to Hobart in 2001 he has had plays produced and/or read by Old Nick, Hobart Repertory, The Australian Script Centre and The Tasmanian Theatre Company. His play ‘The Mark of Cain’ was shortlisted for the 2005 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award.
Leigh has had short stories and articles published in a variety of journals and anthologies, and a manuscript shortlisted for the 2006 Varuna Award. In 2011 he published ‘The Shark and Other Stories’ through Ginninderra Press. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the University of Tasmania Prize for an unpublished novel: ‘Shadow in the Forest’. His second collection of stories, ‘Away’, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2014 with the assistance of a grant from Arts Tasmania.