First book of the trilogy “Lavender Blues: Three Shades of Love”, Purple is a coming-of-age novel, a portrait of modern love and a family saga. Set in the North of England, it follows the story of shy ingénue Matthew Lavender living through the wildness of the 60s and his grandmother Mary, born into a traditional working-class family. Both are innocents who have to learn more about long-term love and commitment, earning their independence through a series of revealing and closely-observed relationships.
Leslie wrote his Lavender Blues trilogy while attending a University of East Anglia Creative Writing Course. He is a novelist, poet and teacher, with an MA in Creative Writing, whose stories are driven by language and character. Leslie admires Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Carol Shields, Marilynne Robinson and Michael Ondaatje. He runs mixed-arts shows, a poetry reading group and a comedy club, and has led writing workshops at universities, libraries and festivals. He uses music and art as part of his performances which offer surprising insights into prose and how authors ‘reread the world’. He often performs with his wife, author Sue Hampton. Calling themselves ‘Authors in Love’, they live together in Hertfordshire. www.leslietate.com
Leslie is an exceptional performer who has established a following through his innovative talks and shows. His widely-read blog shows him to be both a poet and a critical thinker. He has an authorial voice which is powerfully immediate and deeply reflective and his trilogy about modern love will interest everyone who enjoys adventurous writing about contemporary relationships. Leslie gives his readers an immediate feel for the changing roles of modern men and women.
Leslie will be touring promoting his books at the following events: