Michael O’Leary’s New Zealand cricket novel, Out of It, republished by HeadworX in 2012 [original first edition by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, 1987], has been reviewed by Benjamin Golby in The Cricket Monthly, the international cricket magazine online. Check out the article at the link below:

http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/1086778/fantasy-cricket

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Michael O’Leary’s books published by HeadworX are now available at Lulu’s leading online bookstore:

Collected Poems 1981-2016

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Out of It: A Novel Cricket Novel

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Main Trunk Lines: Collected Railway Poems

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Toku Tinihanga: Selected Poems 1982-2002

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Paneta Street

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Make Love and War

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Sounds of Sonnets, with Mark Pirie

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In the spirit of the Beatles who put out a Christmas record for their fans, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa (PANZA) and HeadworX offer to you, our friends and clients, this small token for your enjoyment.

Poems on David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, surfing, tennis, Christmas, poems in ‘inscriptive text’ by Niel Wright, and a short play by B. E. Turner.

Contributors: Michael O’Leary, B. E. Turner, F. W. Nielsen Wright, and Mark Pirie.

Download and view the free pdf of this book (file size 479KB):

http://markpirie.com/books/esaw-christmas-surprise-2016

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ESAW Christmas Surprise 2016 edited by Mark Pirie

Recently, Michael O’Leary appeared in Jacket2, USA, in the series of commentaries written by Vaughan Rapatahana on the small press poetry and performing scene in New Zealand.

Michael was interviewed for the article on Māori male poets:

Ngā Kaituhi Whiti Tāne Māori — Māori male poets‘ by Vaughan Rapatahana, in Jacket2 Commentaries, USA, 2015

Vaughan Rapatahana’s articles also covered the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa that Michael O’Leary co-founded with Dr Niel Wright.

“One such example of sterling input is the invaluable Poetry Archive of New Zealand. As Mark Pirie points out to us, ‘I co-organise the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa  (with Dr Michael O’Leary and Dr Niel Wright, the founders) collecting poets back to the nineteenth century. There are more good poets than people realize reading mainstream historical anthologies of New Zealand poetry. I have realized this fairly recently after wasted years of looking at and learning from selective, academic anthologies ever since I was a student. Since 2010, I have edited the quarterly Poetry Archive newsletter Poetry Notes. This has featured many forgotten historical New Zealand poets and presented highly original research by myself, Rowan Gibbs, Niel Wright, and Michael O’Leary. The National Library of New Zealand online research tools like Papers Past have been vital to this rediscovery of early New Zealand poetry too. Poets like Robert J Pope, Ivy Gibbs, and A. Stanley Sherratt have had their work republished.’ It needs to be made clear that these three guys receive no emolument for their earnest endeavours and do rely on donations of both funds and poetry texts to proliferate their resource, ‘so very good historical and contemporary poets don’t get missed.’ Stalwarts all, indeed.”

Article: Slam, slam … & thank you Mams, Vaughan Rapatahana, in Jacket2 Commentaries, USA, 2015 (https://jacket2.org/commentary/slam-slam-thank-you-mams).

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At this year’s Winter Readings in Paekakariki, “Poetry Gees”, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop published an anthology of the six readers (with photography by John Girdlestone), and reinstated its poetry prize.
Poetry Gees was a tribute to the pop group Bee Gees and an event marking the return of a popular poetry reading series in the Wellington region organised by HeadworX Publishers and ESAW 2003-2008.
The Earl of Seacliff Poetry Prize began in 2007, when the Earl, Michael O’Leary, awarded a prize to an emerging artist’s poem on the Poetrywall at that year’s Winter Readings taking place at the City Gallery. Evelyn Conlon, a young poet, won the prize.
Further awards were given to collections published by the Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop: Will Leadbeater 2008, Jill Chan 2009, Robin Fry 2010 and Barry Southam in 2011.
When ESAW went into hiatus, apart from a few publications in recent years, the prize also went into hiatus.
This year saw the reinstatement of the award at Winter Readings, with the Otago-based writer Jeanne Bernhardt being awarded the prize.
Jeanne read a mixture of new and old poems and was surprised and pleased to receive the award – kept secret – at the end of the event.
Other readers were Rob Hack (also MC), MaryJane Thomson reading from Lonely Earth (HeadworX), HeadworX editor Mark Pirie, Basim Furat (currently visiting New Zealand from Sudan), Siberian-born Polina Kouzminova, and ESAW publisher Michael O’Leary.
Poet and Poetry Archive co-founder Niel Wright attending the event was also acknowledged through Mark Pirie’s reading of his Bee Gees poem ‘Staying Alive II’.
(From Beattie’s Book Blog, 20 July 2016)

Winter readings 2016

Mark Pirie, Basim Furat and Michael O’Leary outside St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki

About Jeanne Bernhardt

Jeanne Bernhardt is a former recipient of the Louis Johnson New Writers Bursary from Creative NZ in the late 1990s, and the author of 7 books, including Wood and Fast down Turk from Kilmog Press, Dunedin, and Baby is this Wonderland? and The Snow Poems/your self of lost ground from HeadworX. She was included in the ESAW mini series of poetry booklets. Painter of mountains, drawer of leaves and comix, felt maker and wood carver, likes to roam, solitude and being in nature.

Poem by Jeanne:

How is the Writer?
(words for my father)

Eleven years since you died.
I stare at things
Imagine they are broken
The centre of old rocks
Live alone
Content

Divorce is a strange concept
Separation
A little death

Sometimes I imagine you turn up at my door,
I do not immediately invite you in,
We pause there

Assess the sky, the situation
Your car still running
It is a fleeting visit
You were in the neighbourhood, so…

Your watch and glasses still working,
Ah, I say
For time and shock
Reluctance

All the time in the world
But no space
I have eaten my heart
Like an adult

How are your brothers and sisters? you ask
How is the writer this morning?

Calling out through the years
And sunlight
Shadows of a gone tree

Try to be happy.

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Title: DIE BIBEL being the authoritative history of Dr Michael John O’Leary, Earl of Seacliff

Author: Michael O’Leary

Publisher: Steele Roberts

Launch details: Sunday, 24th July 2016, 3pm at Paekakariki Railway Station – special launch price $30 per copy

Description:

In 1998 the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature described Michael O’Leary, the Earl of Seacliff, as a publisher, poet, novelist, performer and bookshop proprietor who has made a colourful contribution to the literary scene: “Under his Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop imprint he has published his own prolific output as well as various other writers, both alternative and main stream.”

The Companion noted that Michael’s poetry and novels explore his heritage, “the poetry more conventionally, the prose in an alternative vein which owes something to Joyce and Beckett.”

Since that time Michael has completed masters and doctoral studies in New Zealand publishing and literature at Victoria University, and has continued to write, publish and sell books from his seaside earldom at Paekakariki.

Throughout Die Bibel he often uses his poems to express his thoughts and feelings, and to pay tribute to extraordinary people and events in his life. One of many highlights is Psalm 34, ‘It’s not the leaving of Wellington’, an odyssey around the capital city.

Die Bibel is the lively, candid journey of a man who has lived a singular life in Aotearoa New Zealand and has made an indelible contribution to its literature.

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Back cover author photo (at Paekakariki Railway Station): Lindsay Rabbitt

Front cover: Nigel Brown’s portrait of the Earl of Seacliff

In the spirit of the Beatles who put out a Christmas record for their fans, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa (PANZA) and HeadworX offer to you, our friends and clients, this small token for your enjoyment.

Poems on the railway, Auckland, cricket, netball, excerpts from Niel Wright’s Poetic Fish Hooks, and a prose piece by B. E. Turner from the recently published ESAW anthology Of Paekakariki edited by Sylvia Bagnall.

Contributors: Michael O’Leary, B. E. Turner, F. W. Nielsen Wright, and Mark Pirie.

Download and view the free pdf of this book (file size 527KB):

http://www.markpirie.com/books/esaw-christmas-surprise-2015

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ESAW Christmas Surprise 2015 edited by Mark Pirie

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In the spirit of the Beatles who put out a Christmas record for their fans, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa (PANZA) and HeadworX offer to you, our friends and clients, this small token for your enjoyment.

Poems on football and cricket, Aztec Pyramids, the art of poetry, historical 19th century verse and an excerpt from Michael O’Leary’s recently published autobiography Die Bibel.

Contributors: Michael O’Leary, Rowan Gibbs, Harry W Emmet, F. W. Nielsen Wright, and Mark Pirie.

Download and view the free pdf of this book (file size 766KB):
http://www.markpirie.com/books/esaw-christmas-surprise-2014

In the spirit of the Beatles who put out a Christmas record for their fans, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, HeadworX Publishers and the Poetry Archive of NZ Aotearoa (PANZA) would like to offer to you, our friends and clients, this small token for your enjoyment. Poems on All Black Kieran Read, retired NZ cricketer Chris Martin, pop hero John Lennon, the Wahine disaster, Christmas, cricket and more.

The cover artwork is by Michael O’Leary and features mythological Maori hero Maui controlling the sun.

You can download the free ebook from this website:

http://www.markpirie.com/books/esaw-christmas-surprise-2013

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Title: Polynesian Legends

Author: A. Stanley Sherratt

Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop/HeadworX Publishers

Release: November 2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1- 86942-141-0

Extent: 44 pages

Category: NZ Poetry

Format: paperback

Cover art: Māui controlling the sun by Michael O’Leary, 2013

About the Book

Polynesian Legends

A. Stanley Sherratt’s powerful early sequence of Māori myths/legends has remained unpublished since 1924, when it was first serialized in the Christchurch Star.

Discovered in 2013 by editor Mark Pirie who has republished the text, this new publication includes an introduction by Māori literary scholar Dr Michael O’Leary, giving details of Sherratt’s life along with a brief history of Aotearoa legend telling in English.

About the Author

A. Stanley (Sherry) Sherratt b. 1891 was a Canterbury Railways clerk/official. He was educated and grew up in Kaiapoi, and afterwards spent much of his working life in Christchurch. Railways posted him to a number of places outside of Christchurch, including Invercargill, Greymouth and Kaiapoi from where he published his Polynesian Legends sequence.

During WWI, he served as a probationary officer in the territorial forces, Corps of New Zealand Engineers, New Zealand Railways Battalion (South Island).

Sherratt published the bulk of his poetry in the ChristchurchStar newspaper 1923-24, and was part of the Star group of poets 1922-26.

Stan Sherratt later retired to Nelson with his family.

Note: This is a joint publication between Earl of Seacliff and HeadworX.

You can download and view a free ebook version here:
http://www.markpirie.com/books/polynesian-legends

Sample Poems:

TAWHIRIMATEA, THE STORM GOD (No. 2)

Out in the west see the clouds swiftly massing;
Feel the chill sting of the wind that is passing;
Hear the wild gulls as they wheel in the sky,
Warning us mortals with dolorous cry.
God of the tumults, Tāwhirimatea,
Father of storms, with destruction, is near
Seeking anew his great vengeance of old,
Smiting his brothers with tempest and cold.

Dark is his face in the sky with his wrath
Flashing, his eye, as the lightning springs forth—
Threat’ning and deep comes the thunder, his voice—
Shrieking, the winds, in their mad flight rejoice.
Great is the pow’r of the God of the storm;
Awful, his wrath, in its terrible form,
Wreak’d on his brothers for tearing apart
Rangi and Papa, those dear to his heart.

MAUI FALLS BEFORE HINE-NUI-TE-PO, GODDESS OF DEATH  (No. 15)

Up ’mid the tow’ring mountains
  White with snow,
Up where the swirling white mists
  Softly flow,
Up ’mid the dark cold peaks and
  Caverns deep—
Goddess of Death was lying,
  Fast asleep.

None had her cold dominions
  Ever sought,
None to her gloom steeped boundaries
  Had been brought,
Never was need for her at
  Watch to keep—
Nothing disturb’d her long and
  Peaceful sleep. 

Up from the world below
  To this white realm of snow,
Māui came stealthily
  To conquer Death;
Sturdy and bold was he,
  And from all fear was free—
He would fight fearlessly
  To his last breath.

Goddess of Death awoke,
  Ere Māui made the stroke
That would have freed mankind
  From Death’s great pow’r.
Māui was slain instead,
  First of the sacred dead;
Honoured and great was he
  To his last hour. 

Up ’mid the tow’ring mountains
  White with snow,
Up where the swirling white mists
  Softly flow,
Up where the dark cold peaks are
  Headstones all—
Goddess of Death sleeps not, but
  Waits for all.

Poems © A. Stanley Sherratt