Thomas Hoskyns Leonard,  Literary Works (2009 - 2014)
 
 
I began writing my novel In the Shadows of Calton Hill during October 2011It was inspired by my friend Allan’s sudden departure, in the rain, following supper at Massimo’s Italian restaurant at the top of Leith Walk, when I got to fantasizing about what he was up to, and the plot has evolved from there. The main character Professor Simon Southwood is based on
a slightly wackier version of myself, but his buddy Bart Sobievski is quite different from Allan.
Please click on the title to access a draft of the entire novel (updated 22nd August  2012), fully colorized and sectionalized.  This is an unconventional  and humorously written crime thriller set in Edinburgh and other parts of  Scotland during the years 2000 - 2001.
Some of the subject matter is quite serious and numerous social messages are implied (See Author’s Notes). The  key issue of psychiatric malpractice is  addressed and  satirised  in  Chapters  2,  6, 16 and 17.  The Archangel Gabriel (pictured below) puts in an appearance  in  Chapter 2,  and in  later chapters
I would be glad to e-mail an edited version (November 2012) of the manuscript to interested professional groups (e.g. blockbuster film makers!)
 

 
Eighth of April 2014:  Please click on A DEVONIAN SAGA for several sample chapters of my new novel, a murder and family ancestry mystery set during my teenage years in Plymouth, which refers to factual accounts of the double murder of the choir girl Emma Doidge and the organ blower William Rowe outside St, Peter's Church, Peter Tavy in 1892.
 
While I currently plan to self-publish the entire novel, when completed, on this website, any offers from publishers or agents would also be considered.
 
 
I had previously taken two years to complete  a  384 page  novel  entitled              Grand Schemes on Qinsatorix.  Please click on the  title  to  access  a
colourized  and  sectionalized  version  of  the  entire  novel.
 
I  do  not  regard  this  story  as  science  fiction,  since  very  few  fictional
technological advances are introduced, and I prefer  to  describe  it  as  a
futuristic  fantasy  and  adventure  story  set  on another planet.  While  the
novel is by no means as Chaucerian as Irving Welsh, it should perhaps be
toned down a bit,  as readers’ tastes appear to be becoming increasingly conservative. In the meantime, please enjoy the interspecies love scenes!
 
 
My sequel Prince Hamlet Visits Qinsatorix stars Prince Hamlet of Denmark, a Prince Harry look-alike who is sold into slavery in  the Imperial Court on Qinsatorix. There he encounters Princess Natasha, who has antler-shaped breasts, and the Omni-Omnesian,
a pagan deity with seven tentacles. The first two chapters have been well-received by the ladies in the Edinburgh Creative Writers  Club. Please click on  the title for a colorized version.
 
   

Princess Natasha of Trystonia
by Fabio Cunha

 

Prince Hamlet of Denmark
by Fabio Cunha

 

Prince Hamlet enslaved on Qinsatorix
by Fabio Cunha

 
 

You might also like to read my short stories, without downloading. Click on the title to view:

The first of these is based upon my own recent experiences  when I was  (extremely well)  treated by the N.H.S. for  a  melanoma  on  my  wrist.  The second is a revision of the very first story that I ever wrote.   The third is based upon a piece of flash fiction that
I wrote for the Edinburgh Writers' Club.  The fourth is not written in appropriate mode for  publication as  a  short  story,  but  could
be turned into a script for a television play. The fifth supplements the fourth, but is in need of substantial revision. The sixth story is
co-authored with Allan Turkington and the seventh is an adult satire of children's fiction. 
The eighth  fictionalization  relates  to the ongoing Hopetoun tramp / Missionaries of Charity saga.  Please click here for an amusing response from the Catholic Cardinal
of Scotland.  The ninth story is based upon a tale recounted to me by a little old lady in a bar in Edinburgh's New Town.
I very much appreciate the comments and criticisms I've received from Allan,  Eystein,  the Edinburgh Creative Writers' Club and
my relatives.
 

Tom's literary advisor Eystein Thanisch

 
 
I  find  that  composing  poems or reading a colleague's composition can be very useful for relaxing the mind, for example:
 
 

Gabriel, the Dark Knight
of Heaven
by Hugh D'Arcy

 

(¹ with Nicola Romanski)

Nikolai (Nicola) Romanski

 
I greatly appreciate the advice that I've received from other poets and writers.
 
Click on the title to view.  Happy reading, and please feel encouraged to think creatively and to write for yourself!
 
If you would like to read Scottish poetry with various evocative themes, then please google Scott Forster's blog 'The Beauty in Many Places'.
 
The Mayflower Rose by Fabio Cunha
 
 
Please click on May the road rise up to meet you for an adaptation of an old Irish verse that may be used as a blessing for the
recently departed.
 

 
         The amended verse 'To My Aunt Gloria' was published in The White Rose, the parish newsletter for Old St.Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, in December 2012. Everybody is welcome to attend the wonderfully spiritual High Mass at the church. The choir and organ playing are exceptional, you won't miss out on the bells and smells, and there's never a dull moment during the homilies. Tom read the blessing at his ninety-year-old aunt's funeral in Exeter during early November 2012, and he attended Evensong at Exeter Cathedral in the evening.
 
Exeter Cathedral
 
         According to Tom's interpretation of Matthew 25, absolutely everybody, including so-called 'sinners', are acceptable in the 'Kingdom of Heaven' as long as they're decent, reasonably generous, and forgiving to other people. According to James the Less 'faith without deeds is worthless'.
 

Please click here for my ODE TO UNCLE JOHN

 

Tom's great nephew Romeo

 
 
 
 
 
  © Thomas Hoskyns Leonard, 2012 - 2014