PUBLISHING

Neil McLeod began, in1979, to expand his career in Wildlife Photography into the areas of publishing. Early publications included books on Australia's  major Zoos (nine titles in all), animal behaviour, Australia's Natural Heritage areas, and children's Wildlife stories.

This publishing venture blossomed in a number of directions  :  Australia's Mountain Cattlemen (1984), Clydesdale (1985) and Horse Australia (1986) being major productions from this time.

In addition, his work in the Kimberley area in the late seventies led naturally into publications on Aboriginal people  :  Kardu Thipmam, a History of Black People in Australia (Educational Kit, 1982), The Birrirrk, Our Ancestors of the Dreaming, told by David Gulpilil (1983),  From the Ochres of Mungo (1984), Little Bit Long Way, Story by Jim Howes and Bobby Nganjmirra (1986) and much later Kunwinjku Spirit (1997) being important publications arising from his passionate commitment to making Aboriginal art, life and culture visible to the nation's mainstream consciousness.

Kunwinjku Spirit : Creation Stories from Western Arnhem Land, was put together with immense care and intensive consultation. These are drawings and stories collected by Neil McLeod from his Aboriginal father, Nawakadj Nganjmirra, Artist and Storykeeper. The book is unusual not only in that it is bilingual, but in that it places prime emphasis on the Aboriginal language text which appears first on each page, with the English translation beneath it. It is also meticulous in acknowledging the vast amount of input from many people. As the title page states : "This hardcover book traces the mythical ancestry of the Kunwinjku People of Western Arnhem Land through the work of artist and storykeeper Nawakadj Nganjmirra. This book was made possible by the generous contributions of many people. " There follows a detailed account of all those who contributed, with thanks to, amongst others, George  Chaloopka and Pina Guiliani for sharing their deep knowledge of the Kunwinjku language and tradition, Andrew Managu for transcribing and translating the oral Kunwinjku language, Steve Etherington for final editing of the Kunwinjku/English language, Thompson Yulidjiri for verifying and completing many of the stories and drawings, and an extensive list of the names of the Aboriginal people who authenticated the stories, drawings and paintings, and allowed photographs to be taken in their country.

In addition, Neil McLeod's photographs feature extensively in the Macmillan Aboriginal Technology Series, (author Alex Barlow) : Boomerangs and Throwing Sticks (1994),The Spear(1994),  Housing (1994) Women's Technology (1994), Fire (1994), Fibrecraft (1994) and Trade (1994).

Similarly in the Macmillan Aboriginal Art Series, (authors Alex Barlow and Marji Hill), Neil McLeod's photographs feature prominently  :  Rock Art (1997), Passing on the Traditions of Aboriginal Art 1997), Art in Arnhem Land (1997), and The Many Forms of Aboriginal Art (1997).

 Educational Kits abound, with both Text and Photographs by Neil McLeod : Australian Aborigines - Homelands Song and Dance, Australian Aborigines - Art and Craft (Coterie Publishing), Australian Native Animals, Australian Wildlife and Their Babies (Childerset), Tasmania's Wilderness (Bluebird Educational), Animals of the Night, Wildlife in Australia's Top End, Australian Zoos, BHP Part 1,Part 2, The Great Cats, Zoo Doctor, Australia's Far North, Camouflage Colours in Animals, Healesville Sanctuary, Mountain Cattlemen, Australia's Amazing Frogs(all titles of Platypus Educational Programs), and Trees for Life, an Educational Multi-Media Program (book, film strips, slides and video) of considerable significance (Publisher L & S).

In addition, Neil McLeod's photographs appeared in the educational magazines Challenge, Pursuit and Explore, and the educational kits Environment Caring, Australian Insects (Peter Leyden), Koalas (Platypus Educational Programs), How Animals Communicate , Watch Out (Rigby),  Papermaking :  Zelf  Papiermaken (Cantecleer BV, De Bilt Holland) and Australian Goat Husbandry (Night Owl Publishers).

Dorr/McLeod Publishing, a partnership between Barry Dorr and Neil McLeod, produced many titles, among them Kardu Thipmam, a History of Black People in Australia, and the highly successful Nobody : the Story of an Orphaned Skeleton. Other Dorr/McLeod  titles include Beaky and the Currawong, Birds of Australia,  Australia's Great Barrier Reef,  Australia's  Mountain Cattlemen, Southwest Tasmania : a World Heritage, Australian Mammals, Elsie and Willy,  Australian Wildflowers, Yum and Yuk Party Cookbook, The Nullarbor Witch, The Muddle Book, and The Geebung Polo Club, winner of the Catalogue Book Design Awards, 1984.