Michael O’Leary’s latest artwork is a pen and pencil drawing of singer, songwriter and poet Mahinarangi Tocker (1955-2008).

O’Leary was asked to contribute the artwork for a special tribute issue to Tocker in broadsheet: new new zealand poetry no. 10 (November 2012), edited by Mark Pirie.




Public are welcome to the authors’ launches of Silver Owl Press publications at Petone Jail Museum in Jackson Street, Petone, 12.30, Friday 23 November and St Peters Hall Beach Road, Paekakariki, 1-4pm, Sunday, 25 November.

Dr O’Leary’s PhD thesis on three decades of discrimination against women writers preaches what he practised and reintroduces writers worthy of attention.

Few women writers are prominent in the period 1945 to the late 1960s, deliberately under-represented and trivialised by male writers and publishers. Dr O’Leary, poet, painter and publisher of works by men and women, uncovers this era dominated by openly hostile misogyny which only ended when women ‘started doing it for themselves’. In the process he reminds us of neglected reputations, including that of the cover artist Anne McCahon.

David McGill recreates the pioneering 1840s when Maori and Pakeha cultivated the Hutt Valley until the lust for land culminated in bloodshed at the Battle of Boulcott Farm.

Michael O’Leary reinterprets a controversial image of the Battle of Boulcott Farm for the cover of David McGill’s novel of the events leading to this conflict and its aftermath. A young Scot and a Maori lad are caught up in the hopes, dreams and stratagems for control of this Promised Land by Governor Grey and Te Rauparaha, explorer Charles Heaphy, botanist William Swainson and his daughter Mary, the adventurous Midshipman McKillop and the dispossessed Rangatahi.

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