Monday, December 3, 2007


Dr Jack Ross & Jan Riemenschneider Kemp
[AoNZPSA Launch, Gus Fisher Gallery (17 July, 2004)]

NB: The bio/bibliographical information on this site was compiled between 2002 and 2004. Many of the details recorded here are therefore significantly out of date. If you would like to email me with additions and emendations, I will be happy to post them. Alternatively, you can record new information as comments at the bottom of your page.

We'd also like to add full photographic credits to any as-yet-unattributed images on the site. If you have information about these, we'd be very pleased to hear from you.

– Dr Jack Ross


Preface [2007]

Introduction [2004]

Poets (A-Z) :

A [6]

Fleur Adcock – [1974/LP & 2004/2006]
Rob Allan – [2004]
Julia Allen – [2004 & Taonga]
K. O. Arvidson – [1974/LP & 2004]
Nick Ascroft – [2004/2008]
Tusiata Avia – [2004/2008]

B [20]

Stu Bagby – [2004]
Serie Barford – [2004/2008]
Caroline Barnes – [2004]
Jennifer Barrer – [2004]
Helen Bascand – [2004]
James K. Baxter – [1974/LP & 2006]
Arthur Baysting – [1974/LP]
Jeanne Bernhardt – [2004]
Claire Beynon – [2004]
Graham Bishop – [2004]
Peter Bland – [2004/2006]
Jenny Bornholdt – [2004/2008]
Charles Brasch – [1974/LP & 2006]
Erick Brenstrum – [1974 & 2004]
Diana Bridge – [2004]
Bernard Brown – [2004/2008]
Diane Brown – [2004]
James Brown – [2004]
Alan Brunton – [1974/LP & 2004/2007]
Owen Bullock – [2004]

C [15]

Kate Camp – [2008]
Alistair Te Ariki Campbell – [1974/LP & 2004/2006 & Taonga]
Meg Campbell – [2004]
John Caselberg – [2004]
Tony Chad – [2004]
David Chan – [2004]
Jill Chan – [2004]
Lynda Chanwai-Earle – [2004/2008 & Taonga]
Janet Charman – [2004/2007]
Geoff Cochrane – [2004/2007]
Glenn Colquhoun – [2008]
Kay McKenzie Cooke – [2004]
James Moeroa Cummings – [2004]
Allen Curnow – [1974/LP & 2004/2006]
Wystan Curnow – [2004]

D [9]

Peter Dane – [1974 & 2004]
Lynn Davidson – [2004]
Leigh Davis – [2004]
Stephanie de Montalk – [2004/2007]
John Dickson – [2004]
John Dolan – [2004]
Lee Dowrick – [2004]
Mike Doyle – [1974/LP]
Grant Duncan – [2004]

E [5]

Michael Eager – [2004]
Lauris Edmond – [1974 & 2004/2006]
Murray Edmond – [2004/2007]
David Eggleton – [2004/2007]
Riemke Ensing – [1974 & 2004/2006 & Taonga]

F [8]

A. R. D. Fairburn – [1974/LP & 2006]
Fiona Farrell – [2004/2007]
Glenda Fawkes – [2004]
Sue Fitchett – [2004]
Lindsay Forbes – [2004]
Janet Frame – [1974/LP & 2004/2006 & Taonga]
Anne French – [2007]
Robin Fry – [2004]

G [9]

Bernard Gadd – [2004]
Kathleen Gallagher – [2004]
Jane Gardner – [2004]
John Geraets – [2004]
Ruth Gilbert – [1974]
Denis Glover – [1974/LP & 2006]
Paula Green – [2004/2007]
Tony Green – [2004]
David Gregory – [2004]

H [13]

Isabel Haarhaus – [2004]
Russell Haley – [1974/LP]
Bernadette Hall – [2004/2007]
Michael Harlow – [2004/2006]
Jeffrey Harpeng – [2004]
Judith Haswell – [2004]
Dinah Hawken – [2004]
Peter Hooper – [1974/LP]
Ingrid Horrocks – [2004]
David Howard – [2004/2008]
Keri Hulme – [2007]
Sam Hunt – [1974/LP & 2004/2007]
Jan Hutchison – [2004]

I [2]

Kevin Ireland – [1974/LP & 2004/2006]
Elizabeth Isichei – [2004]

J [11]

Rob Jackaman – [2004 & Taonga]
Anna Jackson – [2004/2008]
Michael Jackson – [1974/LP & 2004/2006]
Helen Jacobs – [2004]
Adrienne Jansen – [2004]
Louis Johnson – [2006]
Mike Johnson – [2004]
Andrew Johnston – [2008]
Tim Jones – [2004]
M. K. Joseph – [1974/LP & 2006]
Vivienne Joseph – [2004]

K [7]

Kapka Kassabova – [2004/2008]
Brigid Kelly – [2004]
Jan Kemp – [1974/LP & 2004/2007]
Scott Kendrick – [2004]
Anne Kennedy – [2004/2008]
Julie Kennedy – [2004]
Koenraad Kuiper – [2004]

L [9]

Jack Lasenby – [1974/LP]
Michele Leggott – [2004/2007]
Julie Leibrich – [2004]
Graham Lindsay – [2004/2007]
Dennis List – [1974]
Thérèse Lloyd – [2008]
Terry Locke – [2004]
Alan Loney – [1974/LP]
D. S. Long – [1974/LP]

M [21]

Olivia Macassey – [2004/2008 & Taonga]
Carl Mair – [2004]
Bill Manhire – [1974/LP & 2004/2007]
R. A. K. Mason – [1974/LP & 2006]
Larry Matthews – [2004]
Rachel McAlpine – [2004]
Dave McBride – [1974]
Gary McCormick – [2004]
Frankie McMillan – [2004]
Judith McNeil – [2004]
Heather McPherson – [2004]
Cilla McQueen – [2004/2007]
Harvey McQueen – [2004]
Gerald J. Melling – [1974/LP & 2004]
Rosemary Menzies – [2004]
Luke Milner – [2004]
Barry Mitcalfe – [1974/LP]
David Mitchell – [1974/LP & 2006]
Michael Morrissey – [2004]
Martha Morseth – [2004]
Eric Mould – [2004]

N [3]

Emma Neale – [2004/2008]
John Newton – [2004/2008]
James Norcliffe – [2004/2007]

O [10]

Gregory O’Brien – [2004/2008]
John O'Connor – [2004]
David Ogle – [2004]
Peter Olds – [2004/2007]
Michael O'Leary – [2004]
Victor O’Leary – [1974]
Stephen Oliver – [2004]
W. H. Oliver – [2004]
Bob Orr – [1974/LP & 2004/2007]
Vincent O’Sullivan – [1974/LP & 2004/2006]

P [8]

Alistair Paterson – [1974/LP & 2004/2006]
Mark Pirie – [2004/2008]
Vivienne Plumb – [2004/2007]
Roma Potiki – [2004/2007]
Jenny Powell-Chalmers – [2004/2008 & Taonga]
Joanna Preston – [2004]
Chris Price – [2004/2008]
John Pule – [2004/2008]

Q [1]

Sarah Quigley – [2004/2008]

R [11]

Gloria Rawlinson – [1974/LP]
Blair Reeve – [2004]
Richard Reeve – [2004/2008]
Trevor Reeves – [1974/LP & 2004]
Helen Rickerby – [2004]
Harry Ricketts – [2004]
Ron Riddell – [2004]
Lorraine Ritchie – [2004]
Matthew Robertson – [2004]
Alan Roddick – [1974/LP]
Jack Ross – [2004/2008]

S [17]

L. E. Scott – [2004 & Taonga]
Bill Sewell – [2004/2007 & Taonga]
Iain Sharp – [2004/2007]
Peb Simmons – [2004]
Jane Simpson – [2004]
Keith Sinclair – [1974/LP & 2006]
Tracey Slaughter – [2004/2008]
Elizabeth Smither – [2004/2006]
Kendrick Smithyman – [1974/LP & 2004/2006]
Barry Southam – [1974/LP & 2004]
Anne Spivey – [1974]
Alex Staines – [2004]
C. K. Stead – [1974/LP & 2004/2006]
Olwyn Stewart – [2004]
Barbara Strang – [2004]
Mike Subritzky – [2004]
Robert Sullivan – [2004/2008]

T [4]

Apirana Taylor – [2004/2007 & Taonga]
Denys Trussell – [2004]
Brian Turner – [1974 & 2004/2006]
Hone Tuwhare – [2004/2006]

V [1]

Richard von Sturmer – [2004/2007 & Taonga]

W [11]

Raymond Ward – [1974/LP]
Ian Wedde – [1974/LP & 2004/2007]
Albert Wendt – [1974/LP & 2004/2006]
Virginia Were – [2004]
Tom Weston – [2004]
Pat White – [2004]
Wensley Willcox – [2004]
Nick Williamson – [2004]
Alison Wong – [2004]
Briar Wood – [2004]
Matthew David Wood – [2004]

Y [2]

Sonja Yelich – [2004/2008]
Mark Young – [1974]

[203 poets in all:
171 from the AoNZPSA [2004];
25 from the Waiata Archive [1974];
(27 are included in both archives);
& 7 from the Poets in Performance Series (AUP, 2006-8)]


New NZ Poets in Performance (AUP, 2008)
Contemporary NZ Poets in Performance (AUP, 2007)
Classic NZ Poets in Performance (AUP, 2006)
NZ Poets Read Their Work (Waiata Records, 1974)


Waiata Recordings Archive – CDs 1-27
Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive – CDs 1-40

Preface (2007)

Cataloguing Bards

The so-called “Catalogue of Ships” in Book 2 is one of the most fascinating sections of Homer’s Iliad. Generations of editors – and careful readers – have noted that it significantly contradicts other parts of the epic.

In the nineteenth century, this was seen as proof of multiple authorship: the many poets hidden under the single generic label “Homer”. In the twentieth, with the rediscovery of pre-Classical Greek culture by the archaeologists Heinrich Schliemann and Sir Arthur Evans, it became clear that virtually every place listed in Book 2 has significant Mycenaean remains nearby. And this includes many sites which had sunk into obscurity by Homer’s day, five centuries after the putative date of the Trojan War.

In other words, it’s a fossil: a marvellous section of verse preserved by the amber of oral formulaic recitation to go down through the centuries unchanged.

It might seem a bit strained to apply this analogy to the catalogue I’m presenting here, but consider the parallels. In 1974, and then again in 2002-2004, a concerted effort was made to collect the living voices of New Zealand’s most prominent poets. Many were undoubtedly missed out on both occasions. Sometimes this was through adverse circumstances: illness, or lack of contact details. Others chose not to participate. But, in any case, very full collections were made, and have now been deposited in two of New Zealand’s great libraries: The Special Collections Department of Auckland University Library, and the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.

In 1974 a triple LP of selected tracks: New Zealand Poets Read Their Work (parts 1 & 2) and New Zealand Poets Read their Work for Children, was issued shortly after the collection work had been completed. The three editors, Jan Kemp, Jonathan Lamb and Alan Smythe, selected tracks by 41 of the 52 poets recorded. The entire collection of recordings was deposited in the Turnbull library at the end of this process.

From 2002 to 2004, 171 poets recorded their own choice of their best work in the four major centres of New Zealand. Fuller details of the procedure are given in the Introduction to the Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive written by Jan Kemp and myself in 2004. Suffice it to say that a vast amount of material was collected and edited in these two years: the process of collection was initiated and organised by Jan Kemp, the editing of the sound files was overseen by Mark King, the editing of the text files by me.

Our three AUP publications: Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance (2006), Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance (2007) and the projected New New Zealand Poets in Performance (2008) are, however, significantly different from the Waiata-stuyle publication planned by Jan Kemp and Alan Smythe in 2002. Their historical range draws on both collections, the Waiata and the AoNZPSA archives, but they also include a good deal of new material not available in either archive.

So I’ve felt ever since we completed our work in 2004 that even our collaborators were not really aware of the full extent of these two collections, only very partially reflected in their published offshoots: the three 1974 LPs and the three AUP CD / text anthologies. In order to remedy this, I’ve thought it useful to provide here a complete catalogue of the contents of both archives, listed alphabetically by name of poet, but also (at the end) indexed by audio-CD number.

This, then, is our NZ “Catalogue of Bards.”

Poets were asked to provide us with pictures, texts and bio/ bibliographies as part of the 2002-4 collection process. Most did so, and that information is reprinted here with minimal revision. I’m happy to update the bibliographies (particularly) if anyone wishes me to, but otherwise I’d like to see this collection as a diachronic section of New Zealand poetry at two crucial dates: 1974, towards the end of the 60s-70s poetic ferment here, and 2004, as a kind of backwards look over travelled roads: the twentieth century in New Zealand culture.

What I’m presenting here is, admittedly, already out of date. Five years have passed since the bulk of the recordings were made for the AoNZPSA. Hence the analogy with Homer’s ship-catalogue.

Out of date, yes; inconsistent with other information elsewhere in the poem, definitely – but intensely revealing to posterity in unforeseen (and probably unforeseeable) ways. No doubt further visual and audio collection efforts will be undertaken in future, but these two archives, nevertheless, have a consistency and integrity of their own.

Above all, it’s important they be accessed and enjoyed, as their makers wished them to be. A bard is an oral performer, and recordings must be listened to in order to come back to life.

There are 196 poets (27 of those recorded in 1974 were recorded again in 2002-4) represented here. You’ll have to go to one of the two libraries mentioned above to listen to the actual CDs, but at least you can now see what is included in this vast repository of tracks and texts and what’s not.

– Jack Ross, December 2007.

Introduction (2004)

Alan Smythe & Jan Kemp working on the Waiata Archive (1974)

Jan Kemp & Alan Smythe (2002)

Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive

compiled and edited
by Jan Kemp and Jack Ross
with assistance from Edmund King and Mark King

Materials collected by Jan Kemp (Auckland), Elizabeth Alley (Wellington),
David Howard with Morrin Rout (Christchurch),
and Richard Reeve with Nick Ascroft (Dunedin)

1. History
2. Methodology
3. Statistics
4. Complete Listing of the 171 Poets
5. Acknowledgements

1. History

In July 2002, Jan Kemp approached Alan Smythe, the Director of SCAPA [School of Creative and Performing Arts] at the University of Auckland, about the possibility of their creating an archive of spoken poetry. In 1974, together with Dr Jonathan Lamb, the two of them had teamed up to produce Waiata Recordings’ three LP record albums, New Zealand Poets Read their Work and New Zealand Poets Read their Work for Children, which were a sell-out success to schools, universities and libraries.

The plan was to complete and release this new, updated archive by 2004, three decades post-Waiata Recordings. Jan Kemp accordingly began to compile a list of poets to invite to read. The first recordings began at the time of the AUP Seeing Voices festival in August 2002, when some poets coming from other centres were able to record at SCAPA, along with local Auckland poets. However, it soon became apparent more studios in the other three major centres would be needed to record poets locally, as no-one was able to fund trips to SCAPA solely for that purpose.

So, using SCAPA as home base for the archive, Jan organised the use of regional studios (listed in the acknowledgements), as well as appointing regional co-ordinators in Wellington (Elizabeth Alley), Christchurch (David Howard and Morrin Rout) and Dunedin (Nick Ascroft and Richard Reeve). The work of collection was well under way by December 2002, when Alan Smythe’s term at SCAPA ended.

Having received a Creative New Zealand grant for the archive in mid-2003, Jan Kemp was able to invite Jack Ross to become the textual editor and later co-director of the archive. He began editing the texts of the spoken poems, and continued doing so throughout 2003 and into 2004. He was greatly assisted in this by the archive’s research assistant Edmund King, who was employed by means of a research grant for further work on the archive obtained by Associate Professor Ken Larsen, head of the University of Auckland English Department. Edmund worked on the project based in the Special Collections department of the University of Auckland Library, where all the originals of the archive will eventually be housed.

Emphasis should also be laid here on the technical expertise of Mark King, from the University of Auckland’s Multimedia Teaching Support Unit, who established order in a labyrinth of sound recordings from studios all over the country. Jan assisted Mark in ensuring that the digital audio texts of the recorded poems correlate with the electronic texts and support materials compiled by Jack and Edmund. Mark was assisted in the final burning of the audio discs by Jeannette McKerchar, also of MTSU.

At the time of writing, a little over two years after the idea was first broached, 40 CDs of audio tracks have been recorded and edited, 2 CDs of playlists and edited texts (incorporating 171 files in 23 alphabetical folders), photographs, biographical notes and bibliographies have been compiled for each participant.

The Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive thus constitutes an unsurpassed body of reference material, both aural and textual, for the study of contemporary New Zealand poetry.

2. Methodology

The choice of poets was, from the beginning, intended to be as wide as possible. Everyone included has some reputation as a poet in either the written or spoken medium, but the inclusion of performance poets has meant that the requirement to have published a book or a substantial number of poems in periodicals has (in several cases) been waived.

The selection of poems was left entirely up to the poets, within a loose time-frame (roughly twenty minutes apiece). It is believed that this adds extra interest to the collection, as it represents each writer’s own idea of their strongest work. Some ranged widely in time; others chose to include only their very latest poems. No introductions or parenthetical comments are included in the archive, though some have been preserved on the raw recordings which will be deposited in the Special Collections department of the University of Auckland Library with the rest of the original materials.

As well as living poets, it was decided to include poets no longer living who had still been active in the last years of the twentieth century. With the kind permission of Waitakere City Council and the Going West Books and Writers Festival organizers Murray Gray and Rose Yukich, as well as his literary executors Jeny Curnow, Tim Curnow and Elizabeth Caffin, Jan Kemp was able to make copies of recordings made at the festivals in 1999 and 2000 by Allen Curnow. Michele Leggott, founder and director of nzepc, together with Sally Rodwell and Martin Edmond, his literary executors, kindly gave permission for recordings made by Alan Brunton to be placed in the Archive. Elizabeth Caffin of AUP kindly gave permission for recordings made by Lauris Edmond to be copied from her CD The Poems of Lauris Edmond (Auckland, AUP, 2000). In addition, Frances Edmond, Lauris’s daughter and literary executor read a selection from Late Song, (Auckland, AUP 2000) Lauris’s last published book of poems. Margaret Edgcumbe gave permission for recordings of poems read by Kendrick Smithyman in a video interview with Peter Simpson and Mac Jackson, Closing the Chocolate Factory (Auckland, December 1995) to be copied.

All of the poets who participated in the project were each asked to bring with them, at the time of recording:

• hard-copies of the poems they read
• a brief, one page biographical / bibliographical summary of their literary careers to date
• a copyright sheet, including publication details for each of the poems.
Those with access to computers were also asked to send a floppy disc with these materials in electronic form, the intention being to make a CD of text files to match the 40 CDs of audio tracks in the sound archive proper.

It seemed desirable that these texts should be saved in a uniform format for ease of consultation. Times New Roman 12-point type was chosen, as the most standard font available. Extremely narrow margins were also used to allow maximum space for long-lined poems. Every endeavour has, however, been made throughout to preserve any distinctive spacing and orthographical pointing (italics, bold or capital letters) in the original texts.

The texts have been grouped into a separate file for each poet, listed according to the first letter of their surname, arranged (in turn) into a separate folder for each letter of the alphabet. Each of the files was uniform in appearance, with a title-page enumerating the separate poems / tracks. For example, the first poet in our list is:

Fleur Adcock

1. The Pilgrim Fathers
2. Camping
3. The Wars
4. For Meg
5. Smokers For Celibacy
6. Libya
7. Cattle in the Mist
8. Willow Creek
9. A Visiting Angel
10. The Video

Then come the texts themselves, with a page-break after each poem, then the brief bio-biblio.

Each alphabetical folder also contains a file (A-Lists, B-Lists etc.) containing publication details for each poet (these are accurate according to the copyright information provided to us at the time of recording – however, no systematic attempt has been made to track every subsequent publication of the 2,000-odd poems in the archive):

Titles of poems read (in this order): / Published (title of work, publisher, date)

1. The Pilgrim Fathers / all poems published in:
2. Camping / Poems 1960-2000 (Newcastle: Bloodaxe, 2000)
3. The Wars
4. For Meg
5. Smokers for Celibacy
6. Libya
7. Cattle in the Mist
8. Willow Creek
9. A Visiting Angel
10. The Video

3. Statistics

The scope of the project is a little difficult to grasp at first glance, so a tabular break-down has been provided. There are 171 poets, arranged in 23 alphabetical folders (no surnames begin with U, X or Z). The more-than-2,000 tracks have been edited into 3,000-odd pages of electronic text – by far the largest anthology of New Zealand poets and poetry ever compiled.


A - 6 - 60 - 89
B - 17 - 221 - 324
C - 13 - 143 - 272
D - 8 - 82 - 146
E - 5 - 77 - 112
F - 6 - 83 - 117
G - 7 - 72 - 128
H - 10 - 125 - 205
I - 2 - 23 - 35
J - 8 - 104 - 158
K - 7 - 78 - 129
L - 4 - 39 - 63
M - 17 - 165 - 265
N - 3 - 29 - 46
O - 9 - 104 - 150
P - 8 - 111 - 161
Q - 1 - 13 - 22
R - 9 - 95 - 148
S - 15 - 205 - 321
T - 4 - 49 - 78
V - 1 - 9 - 24
W - 10 - 142 - 200
Y - 1 - 14 - 21

171 poets - 2043 tracks - 3214 pages
+ 171 Title-lists
= 3385 pages

4. Complete Listing of the 171 Poets

Available here.

5. Acknowledgements

Thanks to the poets (and literary executors of poets) who have granted permission for recordings and texts to be deposited in this archive – under the following strict terms of access:

• The material will only be made available within a library under the supervision of a librarian for the purposes of research and private study.
• Copies of works will only be made by library staff after satisfying themselves that the request falls strictly within the “private study and research” category.
• No other copies of any works in the Archive may be made without the written permission of copyright owners.
Thanks also to those publishers who have granted permission for this reproduction of previously-published work. Every effort has been made to trace the latest copyright holders, but if any omissions have been made in this regard, we will be happy to deposit any revised information communicated to us with the rest of the copyright documentation held in the Special Collections department of the University of Auckland Library.

Honorary Consultant Patron: MacD. P. Jackson
Honorary Patrons: Elizabeth Alley, Morrin Rout and Alan Smythe

Sponsors: Creative New Zealand
SCAPA [University of Auckland School of Creative and Performing Arts]
University of Auckland Library
University of Auckland Staff Research Fund
University of Auckland English Dept
Faculty of Arts, University of Otago
nzepc [New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre]

Studios: SCAPA
Going West Books and Writers Festival Archives, Waitakere
Vincent Geddes and the BBC World Service, Paparoa
Breaker Bay Records Wellington
Braeburn Studio, Wellington
John Kelcher at the Radio NZ Studios, Durham St, Christchurch
Plains Radio FM, Christchurch
Faculty of Arts, University of Otago
Arc Café Studio, Dunedin
Diverse Studios used by poets in Australia, Japan, the Netherlands and U.S.A.

Other advisors at various stages of the project have included Michael Sumpter, Richard Niven, Grant Wills and Melanie Johnson.

Jan Kemp, founder and director
Jack Ross, co-director
Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive

© copyright 2004 Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive. Fair dealing and educational use under copyright laws permitted. All other rights reserved.

Further information on the project can be found on our online feature page:

12 Taonga from the Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive.

• or in Peter Simpson’s article “You have 2100 new messages: The making of the Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive.” NZ Listener (September 11, 2004): 44.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Adcock, Fleur

[Photograph: Neil Astley]

Fleur Adcock (b. 1934)


Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance (2006):

A Game
The Pilgrim Fathers
Smokers for Celibacy

Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. The Pilgrim Fathers
2. Camping
3. The Wars
4. For Meg
5. Smokers For Celibacy
6. Libya
7. Cattle in Mist
8. Willow Creek
9. A Visiting Angel
10. The Video

New Zealand Poets Read Their Work (1974):

LP 2, side 1

A Game
Stewart Island

LP 3, side 2

The Pangolin
Country Station

Waiata Archive (1974):

CD 16

For a Five Year Old
I Ride on My High Bicycle
Think before You Shoot
The Pangolin
A Game
Being Blind
Stewart Island
On a Son Returned to New Zealand
Country Station
An Illustration to Dante
External Service

Bio /Bibliography:

Fleur Adcock was born in Papakura in 1934. At the age of five, she moved with her family to England, where she ‘went to eleven schools in seven and a half years’, before returning to New Zealand in 1947. She attended Wellington Girls’ College, and, later, Victoria University, from which she graduated M.A. (first class honours) in Classics.

After moving to Dunedin in 1958, she lectured briefly in the Classics Department at Otago University, after which she worked as a librarian. She had a number of poems published in Landfall in the late 1950s and early 1960s; her first volume appeared in Wellington in 1964. By this time, however, she had emigrated to the U.K., where she worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for sixteen years, before resigning in order to write full-time.

In Britain, she has said that she ‘had to start again’ as a poet, submitting to British poetry magazines and attending readings and workshops before becoming established in the 1970s. During this time, however, and through the 1980s, ‘90s, and beyond, she maintained links with the New Zealand literary scene, seeing poetry published in, among other places, Landfall, Islands, The New Zealand Listener, and JAAM, and reviewing the work of New Zealand writers in British journals and newspapers.

Since becoming a full-time writer in 1979, she has, in addition to publishing ten volumes of poetry, reviewed widely, held a number of writing fellowships at British Universities, written and broadcasted for the BBC, edited poetry anthologies, and translated Romanian and Medieval Latin poetry. She was awarded an O.B.E. for services to literature in 1996. She has two sons, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Selected Bibliography

Poetry Volumes:

The Eye of the Hurricane (Wellington: Reed, 1964)
Tigers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967)
High Tide in the Garden (London: OUP, 1971)
The Scenic Route (London: OUP, 1974)
Below Loughrigg (Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books, 1979)
The Inner Harbour (Oxford: OUP, 1979)
Hotspur: a Ballad for Music (Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe, 1986)
The Incident Book (Oxford: OUP, 1986)
Time Zones (Oxford, OUP, 1991)
Looking Back (Oxford: OUP, 1997)


Selected Poems (Oxford: OUP, 1983)
Poems 1960-2000 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe, 2000)


The Virgin and the Nightingale: Medieval Latin Poems (Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe, 1983)
Orient Express, by Grete Tartler (Oxford: OUP, 1989)
Letters from Darkness, by Daniela Crasnaru (Oxford: OUP, 1991)

Edited Poetry Anthologies:

The Oxford Book of Contemporary New Zealand Poetry (Auckland, OUP, 1982)
The Faber Book of 20th Century Women’s Poetry (London: Faber and Faber, 1987)

Allan, Rob

[Photograph: Richard Allan]

Rob Allan (b. 1945)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. From Port Chalmers to Jack’s House Lawrence: A Short Journey [1-5]
2. Karitane Postcards [1-5]
3. The Poet Follows the Janet Frame Heritage Trail with His Beloved and Her Daughter
4. Mainland
5. A Red Basket of Poetry
6. The Poet Renunciates
7. From the Harbour Terrace
8. Readings from the Temple Gallery

Bio /Bibliography:

Born in Birmingham ,United Kingdom in 1945.
Travelled to Dunedin New Zealand with my parents and sisters in 1960, where I attended Otago Boys High School and the Otago University.
Trained as an educational psychologist and teacher.
Started to write poems in my twenties and was published in my thirties and forties.
First book of poems Karitane Postcards published in 1992.
Married and separated with three sons.
Teaching deaf students in Otago schools.
Several more poetry books are intended.


Published in Landfall, Sport, NZ Listener, Poetry Australia, Descant (Canada), Meanjin (Australia ), Glottis, Critic, Rimu, PPTA Journal, Takahe, Poetry NZ, Printout.


Antipodes New Writing (1987), North & South, Poetry Australia (1987), Descant (Canada, 1989), Penguin Contemporary New Zealand Poetry (1989), Visions International (USA 1992), Oxford NZ Poetry ( 1994), From the Mainland ( Eds. Jones and Murray, 1997), Doors ( Ed Locke, 2000), Jewels in the Water ( Ed Locke, 2000).

Awards and Grants:

PEN( NZSA) Best First Book of Poetry award 1992
Creative NZ Grants 1989 $4500, 1999 $9000, received with thanks.

Allen, Julia

[Photograph: nzepc]

Julia Allen (b. 1952)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Midas Touch
2. Dracula
3. Drop
4. Poem
5. Flax
6. The Little Red Shoes
7. Charm
8. Gravedigger
9. Later
10. Watercolour
11. Chinese Box
12. The Cave
13. Replays (for Mervyn Thompson)
14. When Disaster Strikes
15. Red Jersey
16. True Love
17. Mad Hatter
18. Tree
19. Toy Maker
20. The Cradle
21. Variations
22. Passion Play

12 Taonga from the AoNZPSA (nzepc, 2004):


Bio /Bibliography:

Julia Allen was born in Christchurch in 1952. She has been an actress, a drama teacher, a law student and a part-time lecturer at the University of Canterbury. Her poetry has been published in Morepork, Landfall, Climate, Poetry Australia, Untold, Takahe and the New Zealand Listener. A solo collection, Midas Touch, appeared under the Nag’s Head imprint in 1990.


Look for the wart in your cottage cheese pottle (with Stuart McKenzie and Laurens Van der Lingen), Christchurch: d’PRESS’d, 1984
Midas Touch (with illustrations by Kate Bowes), Christchurch: Nag’s Head Press, 1990

Arvidson, K. O.

K. O. (Ken) Arvidson (b. 1938)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. After Rilke
2. Old Blush
3. Readings
4. Some Legends of the Civil War
5. In Suva’s Morning Light
6. End

New Zealand Poets Read Their Work (1974):

LP 1, side 2

The Tall Wind
This Giving

Waiata Archive (1974):

CD 15

This Giving
Gnomic Poem
The Tall Wind
At Pukerua Bay
Fish & Chips on the Merry-Go-Round
Riding the Pendulum
Four Last Songs – Part I
Four Last Songs – Part III

Bio /Bibliography:

Kenneth Owen Arvidson, born in 1938, named after grandfather Knut Otto Arvidsson, is married to Mary Southby. He has three children, two of them by an earlier marriage, and five grandchildren. From 1956 he studied part-time at the University of Auckland, firstly in science, graduating BA in 1963 in English, German and Philosophy, and MA in 1966, in English. Early poems appeared firstly in Kiwi, and from 1963 in Landfall.

1961-63 taught senior English at St Peter’s College, Epsom.
1964-66 Junior Lecturer in English, University of Auckland.
1967-70 Lecturer in English, Flinders University, Adelaide.
1971-74 Lecturer in English, University of the South Pacific, Suva.
1974 Lecturer in English, University of Waikato.
1984 Associate Professor of English.
English Department chairman 1984-1989 and 1993-95.
2002- Research Associate, University of Waikato.
Main teaching and research areas: Victorian literature, Modernism, History and Theory of Criticism, New Zealand literature, Australian literature, Pacific literature and culture, and Irish literature.

Some career highlights:

1963 Macmillan Brown Prize for Literature (poetry).
1973 Examiner in English for the South Pacific region, NZ UE Board.
1977 Took part in the East-West Center (Honolulu) International Literary Symposium at invitation of US State Department.
1980- Professional Associate, East-West Center, Honolulu.
1981 Poetry judge, National Book Awards.
1982 Fiction judge, National Book Awards.
1982- Editorial Board, Journal of New Zealand Literature.
1986-87 Associate Member, Darwin College, University of Cambridge.
1987 Presented “An evening of NZ poetry”, NZ Embassy, Washington DC.
1993 Judge, BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award.
1994-96 Chairman, South Pacific Assn of Commonwealth Lang and Lit Studies.
2001- Editor, Journal of New Zealand Literature.

Publications include Riding the Pendulum: Poems 1961-69, OUP (Auck) 1973, and editions of John Gorst’s The Maori King, Reed 2001, and The Selected Poems of Lauris Edmond, BWB 2001. Poetry has appeared in Landfall, Islands, Mate, Comment, Meanjin, NZ Poetry Yearbook, Poetry Australia, Poetry NZ, and Sport. Poetry has been anthologised in Young Commonwealth Poets, Anthology of 20th Century NZ Poetry, NZ Writing Since 1945, Penguin Book of NZ Verse, The Oxford Book of NZ Poetry in English, NZ Love Poems (Bertram, Edmond), and Essential NZ Poems.

A further volume of poetry is in preparation.

Ascroft, Nick

[Photograph: Jan Kemp]

Nick Ascroft (b. 1973)


New New Zealand Poets in Performance (2008):

The Badder & the Better
All of the Other Ascrofts Are Dead
Cheap Present

Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. The Badder & the Better
2. Doesn’t Have a Name
3. Better
4. A Dogma of Dogs
5. The Making of Some by Dogs & Versa.
6. All of the Other Ascrofts Are Dead
7. Cheap Present
8. Pig in a Pool

Bio /Bibliography:

Nick Ascroft was born in Oamaru in 1973 and educated at the University of Otago. He is the founding editor of Glottis, has been a guest editor of Takahe, and has edited the Otago University Students’ Association literary review. In the first half of 2003, he was Burns Fellow at the University of Otago. His poetry has appeared in Trout, JAAM, Southern Ocean Review, Takahe, Glottis, Poetry NZ, the Listener, Sport and Landfall. He is a regular contributor of reviews, criticism and interviews to various publications and frequently performs his work in Dunedin.


From the Author of, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2000
Nonsense, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2003


Litter: OUSA literary review, 2000 (with Corin Black)
Glottis, 1-9


New Zealand Writing: The NeXt Wave, Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 1998

Avia, Tusiata

Tusiata Avia (b. 1966)


New New Zealand Poets in Performance (2008):

My Dog
My First Time in Samoa
Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. My Dog
2. Fresh Off the Boat
3. My First Time in Samoa
4. Girls’ Life
5. Fa’afetai mo Mea Ai
6. Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Bio /Bibliography:

Tusiata Avia is a poet, performer and writer. At the moment (2003) she is working on a solo show called Wild Dogs Under My Skirt which will be staged in Wellington in April/May and a documentary for Radio NZ called Which Way to Paradise. Last year she did the MA at Victoria University and despite that still wants to write poetry.

She has published in various literary journals including Takahe, Sport and Turbine. She also has two children’s books published by Learning Media.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Bagby, Stu

[Photograph: Jan Kemp]

Stu Bagby (b. 1947)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Blue Baths, Rotorua
2. First Dance
3. Looking at the big picture
4. No thank you
5. Small steps
6. Tending, Christmas 1999
7. Sonnet for back door beer drinkers
8. Open to the right kind of public
9. Mad Viko
10. The tourist at the printery
11. Early morning/Te Wharau
12. Postscript
13. No getting away from it
14. Country ways
15. Hawk or gull or dove

Bio / Bibliography:

Stu Bagby was born in Te Kopuru in 1947. He began writing poetry in his forties when he took up the position of gravedigger on Auckland's North Shore. Editor and publisher of the prose/poetry anthology Here After (Living with Bereavement), he was the winner of the NZ Poetry Society Competition in 2000. In 2002 a selection of his work appeared in New Poets Vol. 2, published by Auckland University Press.

Barford, Serie

Serie (Cherie) Barford (b. 1960)


New New Zealand Poets in Performance (2008):

Plea to the Spanish Lady
God is near the Equator

Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Plea to the Spanish Lady
2. how coffee got to brazil
3. God is near the equator
4. Leonard Cohen’s mother
5. an admirable bonsai
6. bonsai my heart
7. there are moments
8. migration
9. a tribute to Elizabeth Bligh: a sequence of poems [6]
10. that day in Jena
11. heard it on the grapevine

Bio / Bibliography:

This year (2003) I've participated in the Lopdell House collaboration and exhibition/performance between artists and poets and had a couple of poems published in Whetu Moana – Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, edited by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan. AUP 2003.


Two collections of my own poetry:

Plea to the Spanish Lady, Hard Echo Press 1985
Glass Canisters, Hard Echo Press 1989

Other publications:

The Globe Tapes, Hard Echo Press 1985 - This consists of 2 cassettes (live recordings) and two volumes of original poetry from the Globe Hotel poetry evenings
Ariel - A Review of International English Literature, University of Calgary Press Volume 17 Number 4 Canada 1986
Rambling Jack, 5 Miracle Mart Receiving 1987
Pacific Voices - An Anthology of Maori and Pacific Writing, Macmillan 1989
Takahe, Issues 4 and 11 Takahe Publishing Collective 1990-92
Landfall, Numbers 164 182 183 Caxton Press 1987-92
The Tenth Year of the Titirangi Poets, Hard Echo Press 1987
Yellow Pencils - Contemporary Poetry by NZ Women, Oxford University Press 1988
New Women's Fiction, Volumes 1, 3 and 4 New Women's Press 1988-91
Other Voices 2, Brick Row 1991
Hecate, Vol. XX no.ii Hecate Press University of Queensland 1994
Printout, Issues 2, 3, 10, 11 and 12 Printout 1992 to 1997
100 NZ short short stories, Tandem Press 1997
another 100 NZ short short stories, Tandem Press 1998
the third century NZ short short stories, Tandem Press 1999
100 New Zealand short short stories, 4 Tandem Press 2000
kiwi: icon in trouble, a collaborative installation with Jan Robertson April 2000 displayed in a space in a wall in High Street, Auckland. Engraved haiku (mine) and sandblasted glass (Jan's work)
Jewels in the Water, ed. by Terry Locke University of Waikato 2000
Doors, edited by Terry Locke University of Waikato 2000
New Zealand short short stories: the collection, Hinemoa Publishing 2000
Rattapallax Magazine: United Nations Year of Dialogue among Nations, USA 2001

Barrer, Jennifer

Jennifer Barrer


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. I am a Camera
2. My Love Will Come
3. Sing Loudly
4. Ronald Allison Kells Mason
5. Christmas Poem
6. Tuahiwi
7. War Baby
8. The Cherry Orchard
9. Ngaio
10. In Small Ways
11. Christ Mounted The Cross
12. Peace Flight Tahiti 1995
13. Charleston
14. Facing the Sun

Bio / Bibliography:

Jennifer Margaret Barrer was born in Christchurch and was educated at Cashmere Primary School, Rangi Ruru Girls’ school and Christchurch Teachers’ College. She was married to Giles Goldsbrough and they a have daughter, Katharine. She was then married to John Blumsky; they have three children, Joseph, Peter and Sarah. Jennifer has worked as a professional actress and director in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Some of the roles she has played include: ‘Caitlin’ in Dylan; ‘Sonia’ in Uncle Vanya; ‘Gertrude’ in Hamlet; ‘Miranda’ in The Tempest; ‘Blanche du Bois’ in A Streetcar Named Desire; ‘Jo’ in Little Women; ‘Polly Garter’ in Under Milkwood; and ‘Catherine’ in The Heiress. Jennifer also played ‘Katharine’ in the very first New Zealand television drama, a 40 minute adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew in 1963, and has appeared in films and on television since that time.

She has made videos on John Rangihau, Mervyn Thompson and the ‘Human Condition’. She directed the first full stage production of R.A.K. Mason’s Strait is the Gate in 1978 in Dunedin.

As a teacher, she taught at Cashmere Primary School, Thorrington School, Christchurch South Intermediate, Parnell School, Tamaki Intermediate, Point England School, St Helier’s School and was Head Teacher at Tuahiwi School. She encouraged her pupils in the creative arts and adapted the rigid syllabus of the 1960s, always keeping a piano in the classroom.

After teaching, she became the first New Zealand Director of the Standardised Patient Programme at the Christchurch School of Medicine from 19941999. In this role, she trained graduate and undergraduate trainee doctors in the art of doctor/patient communication skills. In 1995, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and published a report, Under the Rainbow, which examines the patient/doctor perspective in medicine. For this undertaking, she interviewed 74 people in Canada, the United Sates, Ireland, Scotland, England and New Zealand.

Jennifer’s first poem was published when she was at school. Her poems have been published in Landfall, Climate and The Press. Although she wrote articles for the Auckland Weekly News as a teenager, her first literary cheque (for ten shillings and sixpence) was for preparing and reading book reviews on the 3YA Radio Children’s Programme for Arini Grennell when she was 11 years old. Her first book of poetry, describing a spiritual journey in the Ureweras, Te Rangianiwaniwa (The Rainbow), was published in 1988 by Nag’s Head Press. Subsequent publications have been: Follow the Sun (1992, Hazard Press) and Looking Up (1997, The Caxton Press).

In 2000, she co-wrote Grace Butler (a New Zealand landscape painter) with Neil Roberts for the Robert McDougall Art Gallery and published by the Christchurch City Council. In 2002, her poetry featured in With Our Eyes Open (Chrysalis Seed Trust), Big Sky (Shoal Bay Press) and in My Paradise: New Zealand writing about gardens (2003, Hazard Press).

As a fifth generation New Zealander, whose family arrived in 1838, Jennifer has been tamed by her one-acre paddock on the Port Hills. At her property, Fermoy, she has established a garden of peace with historic shrubs, trees and flowers. This has been a nurturing refuge for many writers, artists and her family over the years.

Barnes, Caroline

Caroline Barnes


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. The Seamstress
2. Himself
3. The Annunciation
4. Cambridge
5. The Turkish Baths at Moana Pool
6. Song of the Favourite
7. Homecoming
8. Fourteen
9. The Park
10. Very Post Xmas

Bio / Bibliography:

1988 BEd Hons (Fine Arts & Ed) University of Cambridge, UK
2002 Masters Degree in English Studies (completing dissertation)


1990 - 2003 Poetry and fiction published in NZ & UK literary magazines:
Landfall, SPORT, Metro, Takahe, Poetry NZ, NZ Poetry
Society, Otago Anthology, Glottis, Smiths Knoll, Dream, Boomer

1993 Guest writer: playwriting course, University of Otago, NZ

1994 Play, Awake in the Dark , presented at OCEANIA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL: Maidment Theatre, Auckland, NZ, directed by John Howard of Sydney Theatre Company, Australia

1995 Play, A Fantasy Hamster, Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, NZ

1996 Radio play, Felicity, Radio NZ

1997 Novella, Days, published by Hazard Press, Christchurch, NZ
(Winner of Hazard Press/Quote Unquote Short Fiction Award )

1998 Radio play, Sad Heron, Radio NZ (repeat broadcasts 1999, 2003)

2001 Radio play, Gray's Sequence , Radio NZ

2003 Feature Film Script shortlisted (from 187 scripts) by New Zealand Commission - Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga - for NZ Screen Writers Lab

Art Catalogues:

1997 Retrospective Exhibition for Eion Stevens (dealer galleries Dunedin/Auckland)
2003 Bluebeard's Castle – Nigel Buxton (Christchurch Art Gallery)


2000 Writing Radio Drama Books and Beyond, Christchurch


2000 Writer-in-Residence Rangi Ruru Girls' School, Christchurch
2001/02/03 Writer-in-Residence Christ's College, Christchurch


2002 Creative Writing University of Canterbury (Continuing Ed)

Works in Progress:

2003/4 Collection of poems

Baysting, Arthur

[Photograph: Jan Kemp (c.1970)]

Arthur Baysting


New Zealand Poets Read Their Work (1974):

LP 1, side 1

A Tale for Gene
Black Swans

LP 3, side 2

On Taming a Dragon
The Oddsock Plan
The Day the Toads Came to Town
The Lion

Waiata Archive (1974):

CD 12

No Trouble
For Damon, a Three-Year-Old
I knew This Girl
Black Swans
Love Poem
The Mayor Wants Everyone to Join a Club
Tahunanui Beach
A Tale for Gene
The Day the Toads Came to Town
A Poem about Not Being Able to Write a Poem
The Oddsock Plan
On Taming a Dragon
The Crazyman
The Lion

Bascand, Helen

Helen Bascand


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Hello
2. The waiting room
3. Fractals / wild haunting order
4. Just this
5. Since then
6. ‘Bless me Father – I have sinned’
7. Goddess
8. The seven sisters
9. Sea
10. Enter your password
11. The devil and the jester
12. Garden peas – Pisum Sativum
13. Tuesday’s postcard
14. Grandmother’s plate
15. Deep digging
16. Departure
17. Grave secrets

Bio / Bibliography:

Helen Bascand is retired, lives in Christchurch NZ and enjoys the active poetry community.

She has written poetry from her early days but more seriously since the 1980’s. By 1994, Helen had developed an interest in the haiku form. She was the winner of the haiku section of the 2000 NZPS International Poetry Competition. She is also represented in the Christchurch Haiku & Haibun Anthology – listening to the rain – published in 2002.

Her poetry has appeared in The Press and several poetry magazines and anthologies, and her first collection of poetry, Windows on the morning side – which includes a haiku & senryu section— was published by Sudden Valley Press in 2001.

Helen’s background training was in primary education and when her mothering years were nearly completed, she returned to train for Education of the Deaf – an excellent preparation for what became her later work with the Special Needs Library.

[Postscript: Helen Bascand died on April 27, 2015].



1992 – 1999 SPIN
1997 – 2001 winterSPlN
1995 Printout
1997, 99, 2001 Takahe
1998 Australian Poetry Awards
1999, 200, 03 The Press
2001 windows on the morning side – Helen Bascand, Sudden Valley Press
2002 Poetrix 18 Western Women Writers — Australia
2003 JAAM 19
2001 Haiku Frogpond (America) –Still (Eng) –Famous Reporter (Aust)
2002 Haiku listening to the rain The Small White Teapot Haiku Group

1996 Voiceprints 2 Canterbury Poets Collective
1996 Throwing the Words The Airing Cupboard
2000 Half Light and Half Wind
1994, 96, 97, 99, 2000, 01, 02 NZ Poetry Society Anthologies
2000 Something between breaths Patricia Prime
2000 All Together Now Valley Micropress
2002 Big Sky Shoal Bay Press
2003 My Garden, My Paradise Hazard Press

Bernhardt, Jeanne

Jeanne Bernhardt (b. 1961)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Spellbound
2. Aquarium NYC Photograph
3. The Hope Letter
4. Recall the Chimes
5. East Caesar Chavez
6. Anna Dancing at Backbeach
7. Sad Tree
8. The Last Ice
9. The Snow Poems
1) Not As It Was
2) The Destiny Dream
3) Alters Course
4) Bewilderments of the Eye
5) A Forest Cut
6) Da
10. Your Self of Lost Ground
1) Slaughter
2) Your Self of Lost Ground
3) Abandon What You Wished For
4) A Day Beginning
5) This Unhappiness Grows No Life
6) No Bough Left
7) Roll up this Gypsy Bed
8) To Paint a Fan

Bio / Bibliography:

Jeanne Bernhardt Born 20 June 1961
Poetry & short fiction published since end 1970’s

Louis Johnson writers Bursary – 1997
Grants from Dunedin Arts Board

Books available in Australia & New Zealand
Published by HeadWorX, wtgn NZ

baby is this wonderland avail City Lights, SF USA

incomplete Fine Arts degree – University of New South Wales
(1991 to 1993) 6 months to go (one day maybe)

Currently working on new collection of poetry and a longer fiction (novella)

Living in the desert, Pueblo, New Mexico.


Dereliction – 1996
Vorare Lacuna – 1997
baby is this wonderland – January 1999
the snow poems / your self of lost ground – 2002

Baxter, James K.

[Photograph: NZ Book Council]

James K. Baxter (1926-1972)


Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance (2006):

Poem in the Matukituki Valley
The Fallen House

New Zealand Poets Read Their Work (1974):

LP 2, side 2

Poem in the Matukituki Valley

LP 3, side 1


Waiata Archive (1974):

CD 24

Poem in the Matukituki Valley
The Fallen House

Bio /Bibliography:

James K. Baxter was born in Dunedin, the son of pioneering pacifist Archibald Baxter, author of We Will Not Cease (1939), and Millicent Brown, daughter of Professor John Macmillan Brown. These two sides of his personality, the idealist and the intellectual, warred in him for the rest of his life.

His first book of poems, Beyond the Palisade, was published in 1944, and he was immediately hailed as a wunderkind. From then until his death in 1972 there was never a moment when he was not at the forefront of New Zealand literary life – in Christchurch in the late 40s, in Wellington in the 50s, and (most famously) as a commune organizer at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River in the late 60s and early 70s. Out of this came his most famous (and arguably his finest) book, the Jerusalem Sonnets (1970).

As a critic, dramatist, social commentator, Baxter published widely, but his monument remains that amazing profusion of poems, which continue to address issues of race, class, and spirituality of vital concern to all New Zealanders. His Collected Poems appeared in 1980, followed by Collected Plays in 1982. His critical prose has been assembled in James K. Baxter as Critic (1978).

Selected Bibliography

Beyond the Palisade. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1944.
Blow, Wind of Fruitfulness. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1948.
The Fallen House. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1953.
In Fires of No Return. London: Oxford University Press, 1958.
Howrah Bridge and Other Poems. London: Oxford University Press, 1961.
Pig Island Letters. London: Oxford University Press, 1966.
The Rock Woman: Selected Poems. London: Oxford University Press, 1969.
Jerusalem Sonnets. Dunedin: Bibliography Room, University of Otago, 1970.
Jerusalem Daybook. Wellington: Price Milburn, 1971.
Autumn Testament. Wellington: Price Milburn, 1972.
Runes. London: Oxford University Press, 1973.
The Labyrinth: Some Uncollected Poems 1944-1972. London: Oxford University Press, 1974.
The Tree House and Other Poems for Children. Wellington: Price Milburn, 1974.
The Bone Chanter: Unpublished Poems 1945-1972. Edited by J. E. Weir. Wellington: Oxford University Press, 1976.
The Holy Life and Death of Concrete Grady: Various Uncollected and Unpublished Poems. Edited by J. E. Weir. Wellington: Oxford University Press, 1976.
Collected Poems. Edited by J. E. Weir. Wellington: Oxford University Press, 1980.
Selected Poems. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1982.
The Essential Baxter. Edited by J. E. Weir. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Cold Spring: Baxter's Unpublished Early Collection. Edited by Paul Millar. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Collected Plays. Auckland; New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

James K. Baxter as Critic: a Selection from his Literary Criticism. Edited by Frank McKay. Auckland: Heinemann Educational Books, 1978.
Spark to a waiting fuse: James K. Baxter's correspondence with Noel Ginn, 1942-46. Edited by Paul Millar. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2001.

Oliver, W. James K. Baxter: a portrait. Wellington: Port Nicholson Press, 1983.
McKay, Frank. The Life of James K. Baxter. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Beynon, Claire

Claire Beynon


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. The Mystery Sonatas
2. Poem For a Dying Fish
3. About Blue
4. Jade
5. United Nations – domestic-style.
6. Out For Dinner
7. Consider …
8. There is a Place
9. Mopani Worms
10. Out the Black Window

Bio / Bibliography:

Claire Beynon was born in South Africa and studied Fine Arts there and in London (additional subjects included History of Art, English and Latin.). She and her family discovered New Zealand in 1994, and have lived and worked in Dunedin these past eight and a half years. A fulltime artist, Claire works in a studio overlooking the Otago harbour and peninsula. Her first solo exhibition was held in 1983 and she has exhibited regularly since then, with shows in New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China. She also writes poetry and short stories. These have been published in journals, newspapers and collections here and overseas. Her poem "The Mystery Sonatas" won first prize in the 2002 New Zealand Poetry Society's International Competition. "Point of Entry" was runner-up in the 1999 Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition, "Introducing Deirdre" was highly commended in the 2000 Takahe Short Story Competition and "Trapeze Artist" was short-listed in the South Island Writer’s Association short story competition in 2000. She is currently working on Fire, a first collection of poetry and images.

To date, poems and short stories have appeared in:

The Christchurch Press, Tandem Press’s 100 New Zealand Short Short Stories IV, Glottis, The Sunday Star Times, The Whole Wide World, Tapping the Tank and A Savage Gathering (New Zealand Poetry Society’s Anthology 2000, 2001 and 2002), Double-jointed (a collaborative book of ‘dual’ poems by Jenny Powell-Chalmers and ten other South Island poets: published by Inkweed, 2003), Chicken Soup, USA, The Song of the Belly-button Man (an Artsenta production of images and poems 2002), the forthcoming anthology of Dunedin-based poems (suggested title ’Words with Robbie Burns,’ Otago University Press, 2003).

A member of the New Zealand Society of Authors and the New Zealand Poetry Society, Claire also belongs to two active writing groups in Dunedin and has participated in various performance-related events. These include Glottis’ informal Monday evening poetry sessions (Fuel and Arc cafés, Dunedin), and performances as part of the Otago University’s Woman’s Festival 2001 and the United Nations Dialogue Amongst Nations 2001.

Collaborative projects include:

Cover and artwork for Glottis 5 (2001)
Cover and inside artwork for Poles Apart, an autobiographical book of prose and poetry by Dunedin author Graham Bishop. (Published by Steele Roberts Ltd., Wellington and launched in December 2000.)
Cover and artwork for poetry collection A Talent for Flight by Otaki poet Glenda Fawkes. (Published in March 1999 by Steele Roberts Ltd., Wellington.

Bishop, Graham

[Photograph: Julie Leibrich]

Graham Bishop (b. 1938)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Stone Walls
2. Soot
3. A Matter of Opinion
4. Dual Diagnosis
5. Keep the Change
6. On Returning to Dunedin in Spring after a Long Absence
7. Fathers
8. A Little Girl Told Me
9. Childhood
10. On Flagstaff Hill
11. Initiation
12. Do You Remember …?
13. Virtue Rewarded
14. A Game of Chance
15. How to Talk to Policemen

Bio / Bibliography:

Graham Bishop was born in Wellington in 1938. When he was in his early teens, he moved with his mother and sister to Dunedin, where he attended Otago Boys’ High School and the University of Otago. After graduating with a Masters’ degree in geology, Bishop was accepted into the Ph.D. programme at the University of Sydney. However, for ‘various reasons’, he did not stay to complete his degree, instead returning to New Zealand to work as a field geologist with the New Zealand Geological Survey. In 1967, he enrolled in a doctorate at the University of Otago.

In the two decades after graduation, Bishop published numerous scientific papers (many drawing upon field work he had undertaken for his Ph.D.) and continued working with the Geological Survey for which he surveyed and produced maps. He also published several books relating to his interests in mountaineering and glaciology.

When he was 45, Bishop was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder. In the early 1990s, he descended into a prolonged manic depressive cycle, during which time he was admitted several times to psychiatric hospitals. He also suffered a major stroke. It was at this time that he first began seriously writing poetry. In the mid to late 1990s, following divorce and redundancy, he was admitted once more to Waikari psychiatric hospital, near Dunedin. His book, Poles Apart: a Touch of Madness (2000), documents his response to these experiences, combining prose autobiography, poetry, and case history with a personal critique of the psychiatric establishment.


Poles Apart: a Touch of Madness (with artwork by Claire Beynon; Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2000)

Bornholdt, Jenny

Jenny Bornholdt (b. 1960)


New New Zealand Poets in Performance (2008):

Rodnie and her bicycles
Bus stop
Then Murray came
Please, pay attention

Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Scrub cut [1-2]
2. Poem
3. Rodnie and her bicycles
4. Weighing up the heart
5. In love
6. The loved one
7. Bus stop [1-2]
8. Wedding song
9. Red lorry yellow lorry
10. The journey
11. Annunciation (after Simone Martini)
12. Romance
13. Tornado
14. Weather
15. Then Murray came
16. Please, pay attention (after Carlos Drummond de Andrade)

Bio / Bibliography:

Jenny Bornholdt was born in Lower Hutt in 1960, and educated at Victoria University and Wellington Polytechnic. An interest in writing led her to take Bill Manhire’s creative writing course at Victoria University in 1984, after which her work started to appear regularly in literary journals. In 1988, her first collection of poetry, This Big Face, came out with Victoria University Press. Since then, there have been five further collections (all with Victoria University Press), several pamphlets, and a selected works: 1997’s Miss New Zealand. She has also been an anthologist, co-editing (with Gregory O’Brien) a collection of New Zealand love poems, My Heart Goes Swimming (Godwit, 1996) and the 1997 Oxford Anthology of New Zealand Writing in English, with O’Brien and Mark Williams. In 2002, she was awarded the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship to Menton. Bornholdt lives in Wellington, where she has worked as a journalist and copywriter.


This Big Face, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1988
Moving House, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1989
Waiting Shelter, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1991
How We Met, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1995
Miss New Zealand: Selected Poems, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1997
Caravan (with Gregory O’Brien; illustrated by Noel McKenna), Wellington: Animated Figure, 1998
These Days, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2000
The Way: A Poem, Wellington: Fernbank Studio, 2000
Ode to the Little Hotel, Wellington: Fernbank Studio, 2002
Summer, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2003


My Heart Goes Swimming: New Zealand Love Poems (with Gregory O’Brien), Auckland: Godwit, 1996
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