‘Neal‘s Poems are warm, graceful and keenly observed. Nostalgic and often hilarious, they should be required reading.‘ - Eoin Colfer

About the Author

Joe Neal was born half-way up a mountain in North Wales. He began his acting career in repertory theatre before attending Nottingham University. To supplement his income, he also trained as a journalist, working for the Western Mail, Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Daily Express. Described by director Jonathan Miller as ‘a sparky, idiosyncratic character actor,‘ he has performed on stage, radio and television in Britain and Ireland. Between acting work Neal writes extensively on the countryside and natural history as well as devoting time to poetry and short stories which he believes should be read aloud even to oneself.
A glutton for punishing experiences, he stood twice as an independent for Parliament in Britain and once in the EU elections for Ireland's eastern constituency of 11 counties. His published work has appeared in the Times. Daily Telegraph, Countrymnn, Ireland's Own, Waterlog, New Writer, New Society [now defunct), Scaldy Detail and numerous poetry magazines. Performed writing includes Revenge, The Reluctant Trombonist. Send in the Clown and Kites and Catullus. Neal is presently living in Ireland. He is divorced and has one son - and now a grandson and daughter-in-law. Telling it at a Slant is his first book of poems - also available as a recording.