first book, The Speakers, was published in 1964. A portrait of the orators at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, it was greeted with critical acclaim. He went on to write his epic poems Whale Nation,Autogedden, Sacred Elephant and Falling for a Dolphin, which were all published
by Jonathan Cape.
They were also released as audiobooks by Naxos and have won numerous awards.
Heathcote is also an award winning playwright. His first full length play, AC/DC, won a hat trick of prestigious awards: the
Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Play, the George Devine Award and the John Whiting Award. AC/DC was
chosen as part of the Royal Court's 50th anniversary celebration in
His later play, The Local Stigmatic,
first played at the Royal Court
in 1966 and has since been made into a film by Al Pacino. The Immortalist was
produced by the National Theatre in London
and New York.
Heathcote has written and advised on a number of
feature films including Looking for Richard, Hotel, and Malatesta. He has also written extensively for radio and television, including
Hancock's Last Half Hour and What the Dickens?
In 2011 Roy Hutchins launched a show of Heathcote's newer poems entitled Zanzibar Cats which has had a UK Tour and a run in Edinburgh where is won the prestigious Herald Archangel Award.