Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Leibrich, Julie

Julie Leibrich (b. 1947)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. In the Mathematician’s House
2. At Last, The Taj
3. Before Music
4. High Tide
5. Autumn Flowering
6. Inside Dorothy
7. Family Secrets
8. A Mild Mannered Man
9. Letter to an Indian Penfriend
10. Getting to the River

Bio / Bibliography:

LEIBRICH, Julie (1947- ) is a poet and children’s book writer. She is also a highly respected psychologist. Born in Manchester, Leibrich earned an M.A. Hons in English Language and Literature at Edinburgh University. She settled in New Zealand in 1974. In 1976 Leibrich completed a B.A. Hons in Psychology, and in 1982 a Ph.D. at Victoria University of Wellington. In 1993 returned to Victoria University to study Creative Writing. She was awarded the Creative New Zealand’s Todd Writer’s Bursary in 1995.

Leibrich’s poetry has been widely published and anthologised. Her poems have appeared in Poetry New Zealand, Landfall, Sport, Metro, Poetry Life, Printout, Quote UnQuote, New Zealand Books, Spin, Envoi, The North, Dalhousie Review, LiNQ, Turbine and Kalimat. Her work has appeared in 20 anthologies.

In addition to her writing, Leibrich has worked as a Social Scientist in the Departments of Justice and Health. From 1996-2000 she was the New Zealand Mental Health Commissioner.


The Paper Road: Steele Roberts, Wellington. 1998. 2nd Edition: Rosetta Press, 2001
Once In A Blue Moon, (Illus by Jacquelyn E Lane), Random House NZ, 1995
The Ossossossorus (Illus by Linda McClelland), Scholastic NZ, 1999

Her poetry appears in 20 anthologies including:
Kapiti Poems 7, Rawhiti Press, 1993
Every NZ Poetry Society Anthology from 1994 to 2002
Below the Surface. Vintage, 1995
Mutes and Earthquakes: Ed Bill Manhire, Victoria University Press, 1997
Jewels in The Water: Contemporary New Zealand Poetry for Young Readers. (Ed Terry Locke), University of Waikato, 2000
Doors: A Collection of New Zealand Poetry. (Ed Terry Locke), Univ of Waikato, 2000
Tiger Words, Earl of Seacliffe Art Workshop, Paekakariki

She also has 40 publications (books, chapters in books, and articles) in the areas of mental health, justice, and research methods.

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