ESAW publishes Lockdown mini book

July 16, 2020

A new anthology of 2020 national lockdown poems written by Alex Jeune, Margaret Jeune and Mark Pirie has been published by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop in their relaunched mini series.

Title: Lockdown: COVID-19 New Zealand (No. 39)
Authors: Alex Jeune, Margaret Jeune and Mark Pirie
ISBN: 978-1-86942-194-6
Price: $10.00
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: June 2020
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

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Photo by Margaret Jeune, 2020

About the Book

No. 39 in the ESAW Mini Series is an anthology of poems selected as a sequence that covers the nationwide Lockdown period in New Zealand, from March to May 2020. The poems are written by three Wellington poets Alex Jeune, Margaret Jeune and Mark Pirie and records their individual responses to the Lockdown, from quite different personal perspectives of the period. The book is a snapshot of three New Zealand writers’ personal views and does not purport to capture everyone’s feeling and thoughts over the lockdown period. Also included are several of photographer Margaret Jeune’s lockdown photos.

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Photo by Margaret Jeune, 2020

About the Authors

Alex Jeune was born in Wellington in 1986. He grew up in Otaki and Levin, and attended Levin’s Waiopehu College. He moved to Lower Hutt in 2008 to study at Victoria University of Wellington. He graduated with a BA in Chinese and Sociology. He has had his poetry published in Valley Micropress, in the Horowhenua Writer’s Group anthology, Iridescent Blue, and in broadsheet in May 2019. He has read his poetry at the Titirangi Poets in Auckland and at “Poets to the People” Cafe in Kāpiti and at the Fringe Bar Open Mic in Wellington City. He is a lay preacher in the Hutt City Uniting Congregational Parish. In 2020, he appeared in the HeadworX anthology, Three Poets.

Margaret Jeune was born in Auckland in 1956 and grew up in Wainuiomata. She has a BA in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood. She has three adult children and four grandchildren. She has been writing since childhood and has had her poetry published in Valley Micropress, Elderberries and Horowhenua Writer’s Group anthologies. Three books of her poetry were published by HeadworX in 2019 and she featured in the May 2019 issue of broadsheet. She was also included in the HeadworX anthology Three Poets in 2020. A book of her photographs, A Photo Journey, appeared from ESAW in 2019. She works as an Early Childhood Teacher and is currently employed by Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens as a relief teacher. She has read her poetry at the Titirangi Poets in Auckland and at “Poets to the People” Cafe in Kāpiti and at the Fringe Bar Open Mic in Wellington City.

Mark Pirie is a Wellington poet, editor and publisher. Pirie has published four mini books previously with ESAW, a biography Tom Lawn, Mystery Forward and written or edited a number of poetry collections, including the Winter Readings series and a selection of early poems, Giving Poetry a Bad Name.

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