November 14, 2012
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.
I have recently completed a PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies at Victoria University of Wellington and I will graduate on the 18th of May 2011
My thesis is titled: ‘Social and Literary Constraints on Women Writers in New Zealand1945 to 1970’. It explores the reasons why so few NZ women writers attained literary prominence during the period from the end of WW2 up to the feminist movement of the 1970s. Among other things I explore the writing of Māori women and their particular difficulties with being published. My thesis was supervised by Dr. Alison Laurie and Associate Professor Prue Hyman.