Earl of Seacliff Mini Series relaunched

March 12, 2019

ESAW MINI BOOKS

After a hiatus of some years, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop (Editor-in-Chief Dr Michael O’Leary and Technical Editor Brian E Turner) recently published six chapbooks of new work by authors who have had a longtime association with the press. These mini-books are produced in a standardized format. They are of 24 pages A6. The front cover is usually a grayscale picture of the author while the back cover contains the name of the book and relevant details. These chapbooks are in the now forgotten tradition of the Broadsheet where poets were able to cheaply self-publish their works for distribution through non-commercial outlets.

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Title: Family&Friends&Others (No. 29)
Author: Michael O’Leary
ISBN 978-1-86942-177-9
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

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About the Book

A collection of new poems and some previously published. Some of have been collected in O’Leary’s Collected Poems 1981-2016 (HeadworX, 2017). Subjects range from family and friends to important pop influences on O’Leary: Paul McCartney, the Beatles, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen.

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Title: Timbuktu and other irreal plays (No. 30)
Author: B E Turner
ISBN 978-1-86942-178-6
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

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About the Book

Four plays originally published online by The Café Irreal – International Imagination.

The irreal defined as: “Within the psyche is the mind and within the mind are the two moieties, the real and the irreal, the left and the right. In the real we cling to the wreckage of safe certainty but in the irreal we enter the unsafe world of dreams, absurdities, impossibilities, the place where the accepted laws of nature and logic are broken. And why should we enter this realm which we are so reluctant to experience? Because it is the centre. It is the source of creation and the next step on the way we should all have the courage to follow.”

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Title: Wild Approximations (No. 31)
Author: Bill Dacker
ISBN 978-1-86942-181-6
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

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About the Book

Some poems from Bill Dacker’s lifetime as historian, community worker and poet travelling between river side (Clutha Matau) and harbour side (Port Chalmers) homes.

Dacker was awarded the Earl of Seacliff Poetry Prize for 2018.

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Title: Coasting Along Without Drive an essay on cryptotalk (No. 32)
Author: F W Nielsen Wright
ISBN 978-1-86942-180-9
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

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About the Book

The core of this mini book presentation is 4 poems as individual leaflets with the poem in reformed and normal spelling. The book also contains extensive literary and biographical notes. Cover portrait of the author by Michael O’Leary.

About the Author

Dr Niel Wright has published 8000 original poems since 1950, all but four consistently in rhymed verse. No English language poet in the last 70 years has written more verse in rhyme and shown the unprecedented novelty he has in doing so.

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Title: Electrimotive: Music poems (No. 33)
Author: Mark Pirie
ISBN 978-1-86942-179-3
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

 

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About the Book

New poems on music and pop influences by Mark Pirie. Subjects are diverse and typically range across musical genres: jazz, blues, soul, country, pop, rock, metal and classical.

About the Author

Mark Pirie is a Wellington poet, editor and publisher.  In the 1990s he worked a late shift radio show on Radio Active 89FM, where he developed a lifelong listening affair with music. Bareknuckle Books published his selected poems, Rock and Roll, in 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. Pirie has published three mini books previously with ESAW, a biography Tom Lawn, Mystery Forward and written and edited a number of poetry collections, including the Winter Reading series, and a selection of early poems, Giving Poetry a Bad Name.

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Title: There’s More (No. 38)
Author: Peter Olds
ISBN 978-1-86942-176-2
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

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About the Book

New poems from the well known New Zealand poet Peter Olds, focusing on local places and life in Dunedin.

About the Author

Peter Olds was the Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago in 1978. In 2014 Cold Hub Press published his Selected Poems (You Fit The Description). In 2017 Cold Hub brought out Taking my Jacket for a Walk…. Olds has published three mini books previously with ESAW, and one collection (Music Therapy), in 2001.

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