A Murri man, Lionel is a leading spokesman for Indigenous rights in Australia, particularly deaths in custody following the death of his brother, Daniel Yock, at the hands of police in 1993. His poetry expresses the need for innovation and urgency. In doing so, it is sometimes surreal, sometimes confronting and includes large amounts of Bandjalang dialect and vernacular.
Lionel's poetry, art and politics are explored in The Red Room Company's 'The Poet's Life Work' series, 2009.
Minyung Woolah Binnung: What Saying Says (Southport QLD: Keeaira Press, 2004)
Dha'lan Djani Mitti: Collected Poems (Salt Publishing, 2008)