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.


Kargun (Brisbane: Cheryl Buchanan, 1980)

Yoogum Yoogum (Ringwood VIC: Penguin, 1982) 

Kudjela (Spring Hill QLD: Planet Press, 1983)

Ngutji (Spring Hill QLD: Cheryl Buchanan, 1984) 

Jagera (Coominya QLD: Cheryl Buchanan, 1990) 

New and Selected Poems: Munaldjali, Mutuerjaraera (Melbourne: Hyland House, 1995)

Minyung Woolah Binnung: What Saying Says (Southport QLD: Keeaira Press, 2004)

Dha’gun Jabree Djan Mitti (Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2007)

Dha'lan Djani Mitti: Collected Poems (Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2008)

Yerrabilela Jimbelung: Poems about Family and Friends (Southport QLD: Keeaira Press, 2008)