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Gary Ley (born 1956) is a Welsh novelist and sculpture technician.[1] He is based in Rhossili on the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea.[2]

Gary Ley
Born1956 (age 62–63)
Occupationwriter, sculpture technician
Known forTaking Ronnie to the Pictures, Strange Tunnels Disappearing


Born in Swansea in 1956, Gary Ley studied geography at university.

He had a career as a teacher and lecturer, before being involved in the setting up of a sculpture business in 1988.[1]

His first novel, Taking Ronnie to the Pictures, was published in 1998, and is notable for having been a runner-up in Seren’s First Novel Competition.[3] It deals with the subject of child abuse, employing flashbacks and having a narrative that moves between Texas and Wales.[4][5]

In 2002 Ley published his second novel, Strange Tunnels Disappearing. It is set in the 1980s against the backdrop of the internal conflict in Peru; its main characters are a British aircraft salesman and a Peruvian politics lecturer associated with the Shining Path. The imagined persona of the 19th-century railway builder, Henry Meiggs, features prominently in the novel.[6][7]

Ley has also had poems published in periodicals.


  • Ley, Gary (1998-09-22). Taking Ronnie to the Pictures. Bridgend: Seren. ISBN 1-85411-193-0.
  • Ley, Gary (2002-04-18). Strange Tunnels Disappearing. Bridgend: Seren. ISBN 1-85411-302-X.
  • Gary has also been a prolific poet over the years, and had some of his poetry published in Welsh periodicals.


  1. ^ a b "About the Artists". Sculpture Culture. Archived from the original on 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Sculpture Culture. Archived from the original on 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
  3. ^ "Authors: Ley, Gary". Seren. Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  4. ^ "Taking Ronnie to the Pictures". Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  5. ^ "Taking Ronnie to the Pictures". Seren. Archived from the original on 2007-06-24. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  6. ^ "Strange Tunnels Disappearing". Retrieved 2008-04-23.
  7. ^ "Strange Tunnels Disappearing". Seren. Retrieved 2008-04-23.[permanent dead link]