Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rickerby, Helen

Helen Rickerby (b. 1974)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Theodora
2. the first time i told, i was drunk
3. Memories of the civil war
4. Calling You Home
5. Generation Y
6. Violet
7. White
8. Love Poem for a Shadow
9. Theodora Entertains

Bio / Bibliography:

Helen Rickerby was born in the Hutt Valley in 1974. Her poetry has been regularly published in New Zealand literary journals, and she was included in the 1998 anthology of young writing, New Zealand Writing: The NeXt Wave.

Abstract Internal Furniture, her first collection of poetry, was published by HeadworX in 2001. She is a founding editor of JAAM magazine, and has reviewed books for several magazines and newspapers. She has been a guest reader at the 2001 Subverse poetry festival in Brisbane, and the 2002 Books and Beyond festival in Christchurch.

She has a BA in English literature and art history, and a Masters degree in English literature from Victoria University. Her thesis focused on fairytale intertextuality in the fiction of Margaret Atwood. In 2000 she completed the Diploma of Publishing at Whitireia Polytechnic and works as an indexer/editor at the National Library. She is married and lives in Wellington.

In between working on her second collection of poetry, she makes notes for the novel she claims to be writing, provisionally titled Cartography, and is enjoying trying her hand at screenwriting.


Abstract Internal Furniture, Wellington: HeadworX, 2001.

Anthologised in:

Weaver, Marlow Peerse (ed.), In Our Own Words Volume 2: Lyric, Poetry & Verse from a Generation Defining Itself, Raleigh, North Carolina: MW Enterprises, 2000.
Pirie, Mark (ed.), New Zealand Writing: The NeXt Wave, Dunedin: Otago University Press, 1998.
O’Neill, Kate (ed.), Micropress: Best Poems, Nelson: Micropress NZ, 1996.

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